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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal August 4th 2019

Zo daar ven ik dan weer even. De WiFi in Afrika is niet optimaal en vaak alleen maar op hotspots te gebruiken. En dan ven je nog niet verzekerd of t lukt. We hebben ondertussen het gebied van de wildparken verlaten. We hebben de laatste dagen daar drie waanzinnige gamedrives gedaan. Bij Bayala gingen we ook echt of Road om cheeta’s leeuwen en olifanten van heel dichtbij te bekijken. De laatste gamedrive hebben we heel veel neushoorns gezien. Na een lange reisdag zijn we daarna terecht gekomen in de Drakensbergen op een groot resort. We hebben daar een mooie wandeling gemaakt en de rest rustig aangedaan. Gisteren weer een lange reisdag en nu zijn we aan de wildcoast aan de Indische oceaan. Vanmorgen staat er een mooie wandeling op t programma en vanmiddag bezoeken we een ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » KwaDukuza January 9th 2019

Beeing in South Africa now for about 1 week, the day of the arrival of our spiritual master, Paramahamsa Vishwananda, finally had arrived. He was expected at Durban airport at around 1 pm. So we took it slowly in the morning. We slept in late, and went to the empty beach for our daily morning meditation. It is always so amazing to meditate on the beach, especially when it is empty and one is not distrubed by cows or dogs (this is what happens in India always :-)). Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely breakfast in our appartment and then it was time to get ready With our friends we jumped into the car and drove south to Durban airport which was about a 30 minute drive. At the airport it was a big reunion of our ... read more
Paramahamsa Vishwananda has just arrived at Durban airport
Markus meditating on the beach
enjoying the Giridhari abishekam at Sri Vishwananda Nilaya

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Durban North January 7th 2019

Coming from the spectacular Drakensberg and driving into the suburbs of Durban was quite a change for us. Finally the rain started to ease and by reaching the suburbs of Durban it completely stopped. Durban was surprisingly green and hilly. For whatever reason we expected it to be flat and dusty. But no, it was green, hilly with lots of exocitcs flowers blossoming. But it was hot and humid! For 6 days we had been on an average height of about 1700 metres where it gets a bit chilly in the evening. Not so in Durban - it was definitely a different climate. But nice for a change for us, for sure! We navigated through the highway to our accomodation in Durban North. We had opted for a room a bit out of town, because we ... read more
us on Durban beach
lunch with our friends on the beach in Durban
beach at Shakas Rock


In every country we go, we associate a certain smell with it, a certain feeling. The air is different, the sky is different, the dust ist different (if there is any), water tastes different. Did not Desmond Tutu talk about this in his opening speech of the FIFA World Championship in 2010? He sais: "Can you feel it? Can you touch it? This is Africa." By visiting the Northern Drakensberg we had exactly this feeling: "this is Africa". It was the dust, the smell, the smiles of the superfriendly people, the joy of life, the joy of love which we experienced. And well, also this mindblowing, amazing landscape. Of course, the Drakensberg is just one facette of South Africa. But it was exactly here, int he beginning of our trip that we really got it: we ... read more
Markus climbing the chain ladders on the Sentinel Hike
sunset near the Highmoor National Reserve
Amphitheatre on the Sentinel Hike

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal May 7th 2018

Saw the last of the ‘Big 5’ this morning 10 mins from the end of our final game drive in South Africa. Not only did we spot the elusive leopard in the shade on the opposite side of a dried up river bed, but she had 2 cubs with her! After three days tracking, it was a real climax to finally see them. Beautiful creatures, even though, the previous night we had heard her asphyxiating an Impala in the deep bush. Thankfully we didn’t see that. But that’s Mother Nature. The circle of life. We saw the carcass this morning though. Stripped to the bone. The trip notes were vague but described our tented accommodation as basic. Uh uh. We have never even had a luxury hotel suite that come close to these tented lodges. And ... read more
Just in case!
Night drive
the elusive leopard!

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal May 5th 2018

Very busy last two days with several game drives in both Kruger and now kawunga reserves. Up and away by 5.30 for 3 hours. Back for breakfast 9.30. Bushwalk after. Lunch. Afternoon/ evening drive then dinner. Fall into ‘tent’ about 9pm exhausted but happy. Seen Lion and cubs, Cheetah and cubs, Jackal, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephants, Impala,rhino, hippo, Croc, wilderbeest (and ate the steak!), and countless others. Still to see the elusive leopard. Very swish ‘tent’ with wildlife all round. Also man with gun! Back to Joburg for night tomorrow with 7 he drive them flight to Victoria Falls Monday in Zimbabwe. Can’t describe the feeling of seeing lioness with cubs just a few yards away and a dozen elephants literally brushing past jeep. ... read more
hey hey we’re the monkeys...
Wildebeest
Cape buffalo

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Shelly Beach January 15th 2018

Pretty soon, it will be a full year since we moved to Shelly Beach. I have to calculate exactly the time we spent home, but I would guess it's around 5 months last year for me. So if you are asking me, I have only one regret, that we did not move earlier. Simple life, simple days....amazing experience and great new friends would qualify our day to day routine! Here is a simple day for me at home in South Africa. Depending of the wind conditions, we may meet early to be able to launch for the dive! This is the open Indian Ocean, sea and wind can be ferocious....so the calmer it is, the best it is. A normal day would be meeting at the dive center at 7am....for this, I wake up at 6.45am...brush ... read more
The giraffes from Oribi, 45 minutes drive from home!
New Year Eve dinner with friends....what a wonderful moment!
Few days ago...I avoided a solid bar bill...if this ball made it in an hole-in'one...there was 120 people at the bar!

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban October 2nd 2017

Nous voici de retour à la maison ! LE BONHEUR ! Me voici d'ailleurs bien tardivement pour vous faire part de ce dernier blog sur l'Afrique du Sud... La joie d'être à la maison est telle que tous deux nous avons trouvé mille choses à faire par ici ou par là... J'ai aussi commencé la mise en page de mon album de photos... et du coup ai complètement oublié que VOUS attendiez le reste... Toutes mes excuses, je me rattrape immédiatement ! Mais avant de nous quitter, quelques dernières photos de Shelly Beach où vit PA mais aussi Durban, ou le peu que nous y avons vu... Pour nous vraiment pas grand chose à faire ici (Shelly Beach) si ce n'est aller admirer les grandes vagues de l'océan pendant que PA passe ses matinées en plongée ... read more
à l'arrière du bâtiment où habite PA
Un oiseau de son jardin
l'immeuble

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Hluhluwe October 1st 2017

Aujourd'hui nous nous rendons dans la réserve de Hluhluwe... Belle promenade que nous ferons en voiture avec PA comme chauffeur... Ouf ici la vitesse diminue car sur les routes, c'est comme le titre du blog précédent : "Speedy"... Ces gens sont fous... roulent bien trop vite, même quand il pleut et cela ne nous rassure pas beaucoup... Je tiens presque ma carte d'Europe Assistance sur mon coeur pour le cas où.... Focalisons-nous plutôt sur nos photos... Elles ne sont pas exceptionnelles car JJ n'a pas pris son bon appareil photos (fallait faire attention au manque de sécurité... nous a-t'on dit !) et s'est contenté de son petit Lumix... Quant à moi derrière et du mauvais côté de la fenêtre arrière, à chaque bel animal qui passe... frustrée jusqu'au cou, j'ai pris ce que j'arrivais à prendre ... read more
un beau circut en perspective
zèbre
Mr le buffle

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban September 30th 2017

Nous avons quitté Cape Town sous la pluie... (seulement entre la porte d'embarquement et l'avion...), ne nous plaignons donc pas... Notre destination sera maintenant Durban où nous devons retrouver PA, sa copine et Tiffany... Notre style de vie va totalement changer... nous aurions du venir avec nos patins à roulettes... la jeunesse d'aujourd'hui a bien oublié que passé 70 ans on a plus 20 ans et qu'on ne peut plus courir comme avant... Pas grave... nous encaissons... et nos yeux captent les sentiments que nous avons à ressentir durant des kilomètres... Quand ils atteindront notre âge on éclatera de rire dans notre tombe au vu de ce que leurs corps à eux deviendront, puisque chacun est fait pour vieillir un jour. Passons à autre chose... Bien faire et laisser braire disait ma maman... A vous de ... read more
Aeroport de Durban
Le stade de Durban
sur les routes, les chargements de cannes à sucre




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