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Africa » South Africa January 21st 2019

Once I wrote the phrase "I'll never want to go to Africa". Ten years later I've visited Kenya, South Africa and Morocco and dreaming about more. There is so much to see there - snowy beaches of Zanzibar, the mysterious desert of Namibia, timeless flow of the Nyles... Meanwhile I'll give an advice to those, who like me are afraid of this wild continent - start with South Africa. You will find yourself in Britain of the 19th century. And it's not a joke. It's about everything from the weather to the traditional English breakfast. And if you'll add incredible views, impeccable service, excellent wine and food - you'll feel like in heaven img=,h_312,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/1b3c2c_5bf62c89fd6948a9892164af3be7e7a8~mv2.webp img= read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Melville January 14th 2019

To put it shortly, our days in Johannesburg were simply magic, mindblowing and it is difficult to express it in words, but I will try. First it was a long drive up from Durban through the ever changing landscape. But it was a relaxed journey and traffic is super-easy to handle in South Africa. Just be aware of the speed controls - there are many! It was a bit tricky to find the right streets without a GPS, but we somehow managed to arrive safely in Jozi (how the locals call Johannesburg), in the suburb of Emmarentia which is just north of Melville. We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast called 43 on Congo and it was amazing! Our lovely host showed us the rooms (also our friends were staying there). We had a huge appartment ... read more
on Top of Africa in Jozi CBD
Paramahamsa Vishwananda
temple inauguration ceremonies in Johannesburg

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 » Free State » Clarens January 3rd 2019

Settling down and getting used to the travelling lifestyle again was an easy affair in Clarens. We loved our little Gnome Cottage. It was basically a 1-bedroom appartment with a huge garden. There was a corner for the kitchen and a cosy seating area insid next to the bed. The garden was all around with lovely flowers (mainly roses) and an old peach tree with table and chairs underneath. So our daily routine was, getting up early, enjoying the birds chirping while doing our morning meditation underneath the peach tree, having a superhealthy breakfast with fresh fruits lake papaya, mango and melon in the garden enjoying the tranquility and simply being happy. Then it was off to town for a wonderful cup of capuccino or by car to some scenic activities around. We are fans of ... read more
entrance to the Golden Gate National Parc
musicians inside the Basotho Cultural Centre
sipping a selfmade Basotho drink with other centre-visitors

Africa » South Africa » Free State » Clarens January 1st 2019

When we got on the plane in London the 31 of december we were really surprised how packed it was. Never before did we fly into the new year and we always had the idea that flights are empty at that date. How wrong we were. The A380 which brought us to Johannesburg was full, full, full. Not being big fans of huge airplanes and far too many people on a little space we had no other chance than keep going with the situation. The flight was pleasant enough, but we could really not sleep with non stop noise and little space throughout the night. We were really happy when we finally landed in Johannesburg. And here the next surprise: it was pouring down like crazy! Never ever have we experienced such a rainfall in South ... read more
Markus on the road driving
Bundu - the rhino
landscape around Bethlehem

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Boulders Beach December 22nd 2018

After another excellent breakfast we headed to Muizenberg Beach. Hugely popular even on this grey Friday. The colourful bathing boxes and white sand with long rolling waves are probably more impressive on a better day (and to someone who hasn't always lived near the world's greatest beaches). Heading back around False Bay we stopped at Kalk Bay where we enjoyed a Devonshire Tea by the train line in an old carriage - Expresso 73. Strolled along the foreshore to the harbour where the fish market encourages a couple of seals to hang about. There is also a mini light house. Lots of little shops to explore if you're into that and Ice Cafe has a huge assortment of flavors and the steamy heat meant a double scoop didn't seem ott. Fishoek and St James are also ... read more
Kalk Bay
Slangkop lighthouse. Kommertjie

Africa » South Africa December 22nd 2018

Up early to head to Cape Town. Dropped bags at Ashanti backpackers. Returned car. Wandered around the silo district. Grabbed a hop on hop off bus ticket (ZAR220) and spent the day exploring. First important stop Table Mountain. Cable car (zar230 - 190 if after 1pm) is so cool. It goes fast and rotates as it travels. Amazing views from the top. We did a few walks around the top. Quite glad we didn't hike up, looks like loads of scrambling and didn't want to smash ourselves before we started our big adventure. Late lunch in Camps Bay with excellent cocktails and good view across to the beach which is pretty but definitely not a great place to swim. Hundreds there but none in water. We stopped at Green Point to check out the lighthouse. ... read more
Rhino at the V&A shopping area along the water front in Cape Town
Cable car on the way up
Cable car looking down

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope December 21st 2018

Driving south from Simon's Town the entry to the Good Hope Reserve section of Table Mountain National Park is just over half hour and costs non-residents ZAR303. We spent the entire day exploring the park and could have spent more - walking trails, spectacular views, wildlife spotting, delicious food, historical sites. Platboom Road past Dias Cross gave us sweeping vistas along the coastline with no other soul in sight. The south western most point was obviously a must do stop for all tourists, they jump out take a photo at the Cape of Good Hope sign and head off. We explored the rocky beach, climbed the track to get a view from above and spotted seals, terns, lizards and a snake. We also took a photos at the sign 😊. We then headed up to the ... read more
The Cape
Seals,  cormorants,  gulls.
These guys are everywhere.

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