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 […]

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. […]

A Baobab forest – Im Baobab-Wald

On the way from Lusaka to Lake Kariba in southern Zambia, after you passed the city of Kafue, a well-developed industrial centre with huge textile producing and chemical ventures, the road is all beautiful serpentines down Zambezi escarpment. The road goes on to the border with Zimbabwe at bordertown of Chirundu, but to go to […]

Chirundu Fossil Forest – Der fossile Wald von Chirundu

On the way from Lusaka to Chirundu in the Deep South of Zambia right at the border to Zimbabwe, just after the turn-off to Siavonga at Lake Kariba and 21 kilometres before Chirundu, the site of ancient remains of a fossil forest is located. Those trunks are 150 Million years old and have been announced […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Nkhotakota WR is located on the slopes from the central highland down to the lake at the bottom of the Rift Valley, and it is the oldest reserve in Malawi. The landscape is characterized by dense bushland and montane forest, often Miombo, with many rivers flowing down the escarpment to the lake. There are countless […]

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, […]

Ankarafantsika

One of Madagascar’s most fascinating natural areas is located on an ascending ledge in the island’s north-western corner and appears quite unspectacular at first sight. In a dry, undulating and treeless area of the fourth biggest island and second biggest island state after Indonesia, Ankarafantsika is towering approximately 250 m above the surrounding landscape. Intersected […]