Mount Elgon

4.321 m high Mount Elgon is the fifth highest mountain in eastern Africa and the eighth highest on the whole continent. This incredibly old volcano in eastern Uganda at the boarder to Kenia has been extinct for about 10 million years, it´s extremely eroded, and the typical conic shape is hardly recognizable anymore. At its […]

Semliki National Park

Hidden in a remote corner of Uganda, Semliki National Park down in the valley of Semliki river protects 220 km2 of the Bwamba forest. There is now a paved road with spectacular views from Fort Portal along the northern end of the Rwenzori mountains down to Semliki valley on the western side of the Rwenzoris. […]

Bwindi Impenetrable

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-east Uganda comprises 331 square kilometres of dense montane rainforest as well as cloud forest between 1.160 m and 2.600 m in altitude. The forest are home to more than half of the remaining mountain gorilla population – about 400 animals. They live in around 30 groups, twelve of them […]

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, […]

Ranomafana

Along Madagascar´s eastcoast are the remainders of rainforests that used to cover the whole east flank of the island´s central highlands. The humid clouds coming from the Indian Ocean supply the steep slopes with huge amounts of rain along with devastating Cyclones, which are regularily making a havoc of parts of the island in the […]

Andasibe

Because of its proximity to Tana and the good accessibility near the Route National to Toamasina (Tamatave), Andasibe National Park is the most visited in Madagascar. It is home to the famous Indris, the Eastern lesser bamboo lemur and other lemurs like the diadem sifakas that got translocated from nearby Mantadia National Park as well […]

Mitsinjo

The forest of Mitsinjo is part of the Andasibe area a 4 to 5-hours-drive east of Tana. Besides the eponymous Andasibe National Park and Mitsinjo forest, there are several other protected areas such as VOIMMA, a small community-based park, Mantadia National Park, Torotorofotsy Reserve, Maromizahe Reserve and Vohimana Reserve, all trying to protect chunks of […]

Arboretum Raponda Walker (Foret de Mondah)

We spent the last days of our journey through Gabon in Libreville, but we had planned one last excursion. This should lead us to the Foret de Mondah, a forest at the northern tip of the Libreville peninsula. Beyond that peninsula, there is already Equatorial Guinea. Parts of the Mondah forest had been cleared in […]

Return to Lopé – Rückkehr nach Lopé

We tried to reach Loango National Park from Mayumba in the south, but when we called there, they brusquely told us that they were fully booked and camping not allowed. That only made us shrug indifferently. Gabon doesn´t want tourists, we already got that! Wir versuchten noch, von Mayumba aus den Süden des Loango Nationalparks […]

Lac Bleu

By far the main attraction of Mouila and its surroundings is the Lac Bleu, the blue lake a few kilometres south of the city. It is linked to Ngounié river and accessible in no more than fifteen minutes on a rough dirt road. Despite the murky water of Ngounié river, the water of the lake […]