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 […]

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 […]

Ntumbachushi Falls – Die Ntumbachushi-Fälle

A few kilometres east of Kawambwa in north-eastern Zambia, one can find the beautiful Ntumbachushi Falls. The water of Ngona river is crystal clear, perfect for a refreshing bath in the heat of noon just above the crest line. Ein paar Kilometer östlich von Kawambwa im Nordosten Sambias liegen die malerischen Ntumbachushi-Fälle. Das Wasser des […]

Mansa & the African children – Mansa & die afrikanischen Kinder

Mansa is the capital of Zambia´s northeastern Luapula province right at the border to the DR Congo. It has got a population of around 40.000 people, a Shoprite supermarket, a gas station, schools and the provincial government, but in the end Mansa feels just like a village, like a huge dispersed settlement. There is a […]

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 […]

South Luangwa National Park

For wildlife watching, there is no better place than Luangwa valley. Intense conservation as well as the development of tourist infrastructure in the last decades have made the region along the river a gem among all the national parks and wildlife reserves. Huge herds of elephants roaming the valley, giraffes wandering through mopane forest, massive […]