Queen Elizabeth National Park

Despite attractions like the mountain gorillas or Rwenzori mountains, Uganda’s most famous National Park is still Queen Elizabeth National Park, the oldest park in the country and with 1.978 km2 also the second largest. The region where the Rift Valley crosses the equator is under protection since the 20s of the last century, and the […]

Virunga III – Meet the Batwa – Eine Begegnung mit den Batwa

Besides “Silver and Gold”, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the ancient and unparalleled rich culture of the Batwa, the people of the forest. When the park was gazetted, they had not only been translocated to the outskirts of Kisoro right at the edge of the woods that […]

Virunga II – Golden monkeys – Goldmeerkatzen

Virunga I – The mountain gorillas – Die Berggorillas

The Virunga volcanoes include eight volcanoes in total, situated at the border triangle of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Extended areas around the volcanoes are protected in order to preserve half of the population of the famous mountain gorillas living in the montane forests. The most active of the volcanoes are Nyiragongo (3.462 m) and […]

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo and the eponymous National Park protecting 260 km2 of rolling hills, forests, and bush savanna is an underrated gem in Uganda’s impressive set of National Parks. The landscape surrounding the five lakes within the park is picturesque at least, and there is an abundance of wildlife ranging from zebra and antelope, like the […]

A visit to the Anuwak – Zu Besuch bei den Anuak

Even though the Gambella province is the least populated in Ethiopia, there are still five ethnic groups calling the land their home. Besides the Nuer and the Anuwak people, there are Majong, Opo and Komo, but when it comes to numbers, the Nuer and the Anuwak are the dominant groups. Members of these two are […]

Nsumbu National Park

At the extreme northeastern end of Zambia, amazing Nsumbu (or Sumbu) National Park stretches from the shores of Lake Tanganyika deep into the forested hinterland. With over 2.000 square kilometers Nsumbu belongs to the medium size Parks in Zambia. In the 70s it was said to be one of the best in the country besides […]

Ndole Bay Lodge, Lake Tanganyika / Tanganjika-See

In an extremely remote corner at the north-eastern end of Zambia, travellers with either an iron butt, tons of patience, excellent driving skills or pockets full of cash can reach as far as paradise which comes just around the next corner of a dilapidated track, miraculously named “a road” by some confused people. It is […]

Lumangwe & Kabwelume Falls – Die Lumangwe- & Kabwelume-Fälle

The Kalungwishi River in Northern Zambia is truly the gem of that area. Coming down from a remote mountain range of over 1.600 meters altitude, the river is flowing down in northwestern direction towards Lake Mweru. On its last 80 kilometers the Kalungwishi is passing three falls of which Lumangwe Falls is the first one. […]

Mutomboko – War dance of the Luba-Lunda – Kriegstanz der Luba-Lunda

As a westerner, being part of Mutomboko ceremony seems to be an entire series of puzzling moments, but if you think hard enough, you will recognize striking similarities to our own societies. Not that the bewilderment would go away. Als Europäer an der Mutomboko-Zeremonie teilzunehmen, heißt, sich einer ganzen Reihe von verwirrenden Erfahrungen auszusetzen. Wenn […]