Fort Portal

Fort Portal the second. We´ve been in Fort Portal five years ago, and we´ve really liked it. Back then, it had its nickname “Fort Pothole” for a good reason but besides that, it was a nice, well-developed town amidst a montane region with a lot of coffee and tea plantations. Neighbouring Rwenzori mountains are the […]

Kilembe & Buwatha, Rwenzori mountains / Ruwenzori-Berge

Near Kasese along the main road to Fort Portal at the northern tip of the Rwenzori mountains, a road goes up to the mountains for about 8 km until it reaches Kilembe. The small settlement has been founded in 1950 as accommodation for the workers of the local copper mine. Most of Kilembe residents earned […]

Lake Bunyonyi – Der Bunyonyi-See

Lake Bunyonyi is located only 7 kilometres from Kabale at 1.900 m altitude, while the surrounding mountains reach heights of 2.500 m. The lake was formed around 8.000 years ago when lava blocked Ndego river, and that led to the flooding of the valley. Today, Lake Bunyonyi is 25 km long, 5 km at its […]

Kampala

Five years after our first visit to Uganda and its capital, we finally revisited Kampala in July – twice.  Of course, it´s a characteristic African capital, which means that it has got a modern town centre as well as sheds, huts and slums as far as the eye can see – for probably close to […]

Likoma Island

The landscape of Likoma is even more characterized by baobab trees than the one of Chizumulu, stretching their bony fingers towards the sky everywhere. The island is completely deforested, except for the far north. Besides the baobabs, there are only few patches of bush or trees left on the hills of Likoma that become flatter […]

Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez)

Antsiranana is the northernmost city of Madagascar, and beyond Antsiranana, there is only the Cap d´Ambre, the northern tip of the island. Its Malagasy name means port, and that is quite a striking name. The bay of Antsiranana is encircled by mountains and is said to be the largest natural port on earth, with a […]

Joffreville & Montagne d´Ambre

Joffreville (Ambohitra) in the Montagne d´Ambre had been built by the French colonial rulers for strategic as well as climatic reasons. Today, the small town offers not much more than picturesquely decaying colonial architecture and the opportunity to go hiking in the nearby Montagne d´Ambre National Park. Around 5.000 people are living in Joffreville today, […]

Mahajanga (Majunga)

Once I dreamt of a town at a turquoise sea with sailing vessels on it, of which I have learned that they have been invented in the Arabic world and are called Dhows. The air was warm and slightly salty, the palm trees along the seaside promenade were murmuring unheard words in the warm wind, […]

The Manakara Suicide Bridge – Die Geschichte von der Manakara-Selbstmord-Brücke

Manakara is a drowsy postcolonial town on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar, sleeping a ruinous sleep after once having been an important port and trading centre since it had been connected to the central highland city of Fianarantsoa by railway tracks in 1936. Nowadays Manakara is suffering from Toamasina (Tamatave) being the major port on […]

Ambohimanga

Around Tana and especially in the north of the Malagasy capital, there are several sacred hills tracing back to King Andrianjaka in the 17th century. He declared twelve hills as sacred for historical and political reasons. Nearly 200 years later, his successor Andrianampoinimerina did the same – but with different hills. So nowadays, there are […]