Kidepo Valley National Park

Coming from the south from Kotido and heading for Kidepo Valley National Park, you first pass Kaabong, home of Karamojas northernmost ATM. Along those 80 kilometres, the landscape is gradually changing, it is a rolling landscape now with several rock formations and small mountains. In this appealing location, Kaabong is the last town before Kidepo […]

Toro Crater Lakes – Die Toro Kraterseen

Starting north of Fort Portal, a concentration of crater lakes runs down south alongside the western border of Kibale National Park with its groups of habituated chimpanzees. The crater lakes south of Fort Portal sprawl over a large region with a lush, hilly countryside and a patchwork of cultivated areas and remnants of swamps as […]

Semliki Valley

Ten kilometres north of Fort Portal, there is an abyss. Somewhere beyond the trading centre of Harugongo, the highland comes to a sudden end, disappearing at a spectacular slope down to Semliki valley a 1.000 m below. The Semliki river is coming from the DR Congo and flowing into Lake Albert, marking the border between […]

Kilembe & Buwatha, Rwenzori mountains / Ruwenzori-Berge

Near Kasese along the main road to Fort Portal at the northern tip of the Rwenzori mountains, a road goes up to the mountains for about 8 km until it reaches Kilembe. The small settlement has been founded in 1950 as accommodation for the workers of the local copper mine. Most of Kilembe residents earned […]

The chimpanzees of Kalinzu forest – Die Schimpansen vom Kalinzu-Wald

At the eastern border of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest Reserve is linked to the famous park. Protected Kalinzu forest is an extension of Maramagambo forest inside Queen Elizabeth National Park, and both are home to a vast variety of animals and plants, among them more than 400 tree species, 378 bird species, 262 […]

Lilongwe – The world´s largest Tobacco Auction House – Im weltgrößten Tabak-Auktionshaus

The world´s largest Tobacco Auction House is part of the Auction Holdings Limited, a group of companies offering the Malawian tobacco farmers a strictly limited and regulated trade platform for their tobacco. All the Malawian tobacco harvest goes to the auction house after drying, being sold in the few weeks of harvest. Either the farmer […]

Les Chutes de la Lily

In Ampefy, it is Sakay river that drains Lake Itasy before taking a turn to the south 50 kilometres west of the town. Then, it converges with another river and flows into the Mahajil coming from the highland, where it was named Kitsamby. On its way west to the Channel of Mozambique, Mahajil river passes […]

The stars above Lac Itasy – Die Sterne über dem Itasy-See

If you are heading west from Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, the landscape becomes even more barren than it is around Tana. The Route National 1 is going up as far as 1.700m in altitude, and about 130km west of Tana, you are reaching the rough but beautiful volcanic area around Lake Itasy at approximately 1.300m. The […]

My heart is in the highland

The central highlands are Madagascar’s backbone, stretching along the eastern part of the island from the Massif du Tsaratanana – south of Ambilobe – all the way down south to the Andringitra Massif west of Manakara. In the southeast it is linked to the Massiv d´Antaivondro, a mountain range almost reaching Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) at […]


A few kilometres north of Dessie, you get to Hayk, a bland small town stretching along the road. But one or two kilometres from the town centre, one can find the eponymous lake on an altitude of 2.000 m amidst a lush mountain scenery that couldn´t be more picturesque. The lake is 85 m deep […]