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 […]

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 […]

At Lilayi – Im Lilayi

South of Lusaka, Lilayi Lodge is set in the middle of the eponymous, privately managed and 650 hectare large Game Reserve with more than 20 different species of mammal as well as more than 300 species of bird. Part of the reserve is the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage, where young elephant orphans are prepared to enter […]

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 […]

Lealui & Zambezi floodplains – Lealui & die Sambesi-Flutebene

The unremarkable village of Lealui on the Zambezi Floodplains is home of the Litunga, the Lozi king, and it´s set only few kilometres west of Mongu, the official capital of Barotseland, the western province of Zambia. In a black and white striped boat, the Litunga and his men to move to the higher set palace […]

Lower Zambezi River – Am Sambesi-Unterlauf

Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa next to River Nile, Kongo River and Niger River with a length of 2.574 kilometres. It rises in dense miombo woodland in Zambias utmost northwest. After a few kilometres, Zambezi River passes the border to Angola where it flows to the southwest for another 240 kilometres […]

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 […]