A Baobab forest – Im Baobab-Wald

On the way from Lusaka to Lake Kariba in southern Zambia, after you passed the city of Kafue, a well-developed industrial centre with huge textile producing and chemical ventures, the road is all beautiful serpentines down Zambezi escarpment. The road goes on to the border with Zimbabwe at bordertown of Chirundu, but to go to […]

Toro Botanical Gardens, Fort Portal

On the outskirts of Fort Portal, Toro Botanical Gardens occupies 50 ha as demonstration gardens where various plants are conserved, like medicinal plants, spices, fruits, herbs, shrubs and trees, among them also hardwood species. Main goal of this project founded in 2001 is to raise awareness for the vegetation of the Albertine Rift Valley. In […]

Entebbe Botanical Garden – Der botanische Garten von Entebbe

Besides the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe Botanical Garden is another fine place worth a visit on your first or last day in Uganda. Established in 1902, the botanical garden is a wonderful retreat and home to indigenous forest as well as cultivation, horticulture and even a broad variety of animals, including several bird species, […]

Chizumulu Island

One can hardly make up a more heavenly place than the Robinson-island of Chizumulu with its approximately 3.000 infinitely friendly, curious, and joyful inhabitants you get to meet inevitably while visiting the island. You get the chance to see behind the curtain of their quotidian lives in an immediate way, and this life is almost […]

La Montagne des français

Between Antsiranana and the Indian ocean lies the “mountain of the French”, a 340-meter-high rock massif officially protected as a reserve since 2013. Even though it is not a big mountain range and despite its proximity to the city, the reserve is home to five species of lemur, 50 bird species, 40 species of reptile, […]

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, […]

Ankarafantsika

One of Madagascar’s most fascinating natural areas is located on an ascending ledge in the island’s north-western corner and appears quite unspectacular at first sight. In a dry, undulating and treeless area of the fourth biggest island and second biggest island state after Indonesia, Ankarafantsika is towering approximately 250 m above the surrounding landscape. Intersected […]

From Morondava to Tsingy de Bemaraha – Von Morondava zu den Tsingy de Bemaraha

We´ve almost made it – but only just! We´ve already managed to finish 200 Kilometres of something that is used to be called a dirt road, but in Madagascar it´s often no more than a swath in the forest and the landscape in general. That very swath had lead us from Morondava along Madagascar´s west […]

Village des Tortues & Arboretum Reniala

The fishing village Ifaty-Mangily north of Toliara (Tuléar) at Madagascar’s south-western coast is a remote and uninspiring place – at first sight. It is linked to Toliara by a rough and sandy dirt road, which takes you a good hour of a bone crushing drive in a minibus or a Camion brousse. But if you […]