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 […]

Samfya & Lake Bangweulu – Samfya & Bangweulu-See

On the way to the north Samfya, Lake Bangweulu and the eponymous swamps are the gate to a, tourism-wise, completely undeveloped part of Zambia. Samfya is a sleepy little town with estimated 20.000 residents. It is the biggest village around the lake, which is 40 x 60 kilometers wide with seasonal variations, but the swamps […]

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 […]

Pakwach

We reached Pakwach in the emptiest minibus in history. At the end of the ride, we had been the only two passengers on the complete rear bench seat, and I wondered if this could be an indication of the upcoming apocalypse. But the world decided to exist a little longer, and we got the opportunity […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

At the beach in Nkhotakota – Am Strand von Nkhotakota

It feels just like being at the ocean standing at the shore of Lake Malawi. Besides Malawi, parts of the lake belong to Tanzania and Mozambique, but by far the largest piece belongs to the tiny southeast African country. Motorboats are rare on the lake, but innumerable dugout canoes as well as Dhows, traditional fishing […]

Malawi on the road

Referring to the latest United Nation´s Human Development Index, Malawi is one of the world´s poorest countries, suffering from an uncontrolled increase of population, a population explosion, from an unstable food supply which leads to deficiency symptoms, from erosion because of widespread deforestation, from decades of exploitation and suppression, not only by its own dictatorial […]

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 […]