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 […]

Lake Kariba – Der Karibasee

Deep in the south of Zambia, Lake Kariba is situated because of staunching Zambezi River just downstream Victoria Falls. In 1958 the dam was finished and the impounding of water in the lake commenced. Official opening took place in 1960, carried out by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mum. It is not quite a 100 kilometers […]

Nakapelimoru & the Karamojong – Nakapelimoru & die Karamojong

100 kilometres north of Moroto lies Kotido, a small and either dusty or muddy town in the centre of the huge Karamoja plains. Undistinguishable Kotido is mainly interesting because of its proximity to Nakapelimoru, one of the largest traditional settlements in eastern Africa. Approximately 10.000 Karamojong are living in Nakapelimoru. The settlement consists of traditional […]

Arua

The small town of Arua is situated in a far north-western corner of Uganda, right at the border to the DR Congo. In the past, Arua has gained a certain fame because of being the place where Id Amin has been born, a world-famous lunatic. We took some “Shared Taxis” from Pakwach to Arua, which […]

Gulu

We had planned to visit Gulu 2012 but back then, it had been a matter of time to decide either to visit Gulu or to climb Mount Elgon in the east. We have had some setbacks when it came to visiting Uganda’s unique nature reserves. Often, it was only possible to reach a national park […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]