Category: travel

Peru – Manu national park – Day 4 – the Jaguar

August 26, 2017

On the way back it started to rain and wouldn’t stop for the next 36 hours. The afternoon we spent in the dining bungalow, sorting pictures, reading, eating popcorn and watching the wildlife from inside, as we had tamarin, capuchin and squirrel monkeys all passing closely by. The next morning it still rained, not too […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 3 – Giant otters

August 25, 2017

On our full day in Cocha Salvador, we went for a wooden catamaran trip on the actual Cocha, an oxbow lake near our camp. We got super lucky to see the resident giant river otter family with all its nine members coming back from a mid-morning fishing trip. The younger ones were quickly ushered back […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 2

Second day in Manu with even more traveling, first by car and long hours by boat on Rio Alto Madre and Rio Manu to the tented camp at Cocha Salvador. Along the way we saw turtles, caimans, capybaras and many more birds. Early morning we passed by one of the indigenous groups living in the […]

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Peru – Manu national park – Day 1

August 24, 2017

It’s a long way to Peru, curtesy to AirFrance with an extra hour before take-off looking for some missing luggage – unfortunately not ours as we realized later in Lima. 12h flight in an old cramped plane, with an outdated entertainment system, sad movie selection (The Fate of the Furious was the lead movie) and […]

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Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (2of2)

April 29, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding 🙂 From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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Diving in Malapascua – home of the thresher shark (1of2)

April 27, 2017

From Palawan we have a direct flight to Cebu. The plane leaves 30min ahead of schedule, they were done with the boarding 🙂 From Cebu it’s a 3.5h drive to the northern tip of the island and a 30min boat ride to Malapascua. We’re back at Ocean Vida and diving with Martin at Sea Explorers. […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (2of2)

April 22, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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1’780 islands of Palawan (1of2)

April 17, 2017

After an awesome trip to the Philippines in 2013, we just had to come back for some more. This time, we travel to Palawan, for its rocky islets, turquoise waters and hidden beaches. Really well hidden, there is one where we have to snorkel through a hole in the wall and get out on a […]

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mountain gorillas!

October 3, 2016

Awesome day at gorilla tracking! Bwindi Impenetrable N.P. is home of almost half the surviving mountain gorillas. Ten groups have been habituated and can be visited by tourists, but not more than eight people and for only one hour per day. Our group is the Mukiza group, named after its silverback. Ten gorillas, including a […]

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tree climbing lions

October 2, 2016

On the way to Ishasha, we pull over close to a fishing village for a photo stop. Suddenly a knock on the window and a soldier requests to see all kind of papers from Sam. It seems the tiny bridge ahead is a key communication link and they don’t like people loitering around it and […]

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Queen Elisabeth – balloon flight

September 19, 2016

Early morning we go for a balloon ride over the Savannah. We get very lucky and are the only passengers, the day before and after they had ten and more passengers. To balance the basket our armed guard is getting a ride for free which makes him super happy. It’s nice to see the park […]

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Queen Elisabeth – boat cruise

September 13, 2016

Queen Elizabeth National Park is our second safari location, with one night in the northern part in the bigger but still very nice Mweya Safari Lodge and two nights in our cozy safari tent in the much smaller Ishasha Wilderness Camp. We have another boat cruise, with our own private boat on the Kazinga Channel. […]

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Spending a day with the chimps

September 12, 2016

Our chimpanzee tracking day is a great experience. The standard is walking through the jungle until you find the chimps and then getting one hour to watch them. We booked the add-on and get the full day chimp habituation program. It starts with waking up at 5 am to be there for sunrise when they […]

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Murchison Falls – Nile Cruise – part 2

September 11, 2016

On the Nile cruise, we see lots of birds, hippos and some crocodiles. Also, the rare, prehistoric shoebill stork that everyone wants to photograph at least until they get a closer look at it. Our hotel is the beautiful Baker’s Lodge. The cottage is big with the whole backside made with mesh to get a […]

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Murchison Falls part 2

September 9, 2016

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park. Here the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert to then go on as Albert Nile, first passing through the Murchison Falls, a 40m drop only 7m wide. That’s a lot of water in a narrow gorge and a very powerful waterfall. The park offers game drives, […]

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Murchison Falls part 1

September 8, 2016

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park. Here the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert to then go on as Albert Nile, first passing through the Murchison Falls, a 40m drop only 7m wide. That’s a lot of water in a narrow gorge and a very powerful waterfall. The park offers game drives, […]

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Welcome to Uganda

September 7, 2016

Finally arriving in Uganda. I waited all year for this, even while diving in Sulawesi – look a blue ringed octopus, and soon I get to see gorillas, or hiking in Iceland – nice waterfall, but soon I get to see the Nile waterfall with hippos… Some last minute preparations such as getting a visa […]

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Hveravellir to Laugarvatn part 1

September 1, 2016

Hveravellir to Laugarvatn The day starts miserable, it’s cold, it rains, there is no view. No hiking for us then. Instead we take the car to the absolutely stunning Kerlingarfjöll. It’s ocher gravel hills, hot springs running in between, steam is rising – so awesome we don’t mind the snowstorm.

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Myvatn to Hveravellir

August 31, 2016

Myvatn to Hveravellir After a hot chocolate with view on the ducklings, we are off again to see some of the many things Myvatn has to offer. We could easily spend a few days here, there’s lots to do. But as we plan to cross over the highlands on the way back to Rekjavik, we […]

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Seydisfjördur to Myvatn part 2

August 30, 2016

Afterwards we drive to lake Myvatn, having another lunch inside the car, too windy outside. Myvatn is a very pretty lake in the northeast, with lots of things to do and see around it. We get to see two more waterfalls on the way, the mighty Dettifoss where you get to have a shower in […]

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Seydisfjördur to Myvatn part 1

August 25, 2016

Best morning in Iceland! We drive from our fjördur to Borgarfjördur Eystri. It’s a super tiny village (luckily though including a petrol station, it would have been a long way to push the car back to town) with about 30’000 pairs of nesting puffins. There is a small harbor with a viewing platform where you […]

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Skaftafell to Seydisfjördur – part 1

August 23, 2016

To avoid the rain in Skaftafell we drive another 8km and pitch our tent in Svinafell, another nice campsite and without rain. The weather is very local here, especially close to the glaciers. Luckily it stopped raining in Skaftafell overnight and we get back there in the morning for the walk to the Skaftafellsjökull glacier […]

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Seljalandsfoss to Skaftafell – part 1

August 18, 2016

Seljalandsfoss to Skaftafell In the morning we visit the interesting Eyjafjallajökull visitor center (almost as difficult to write as it is to pronounce it) where they show a movie on how the 2010 eruption impacted the farmers living right below the volcano. We eat an excellent carrot cake at the glacial tongue of SĂłlheimjökull and […]

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Landmannalaugar to Seljalandsfoss – part 2

August 9, 2016

Landmannalaugar to Seljalandsfoss Starting the day with a morning hike and then another ride on the F roads back to the main Ring Road. Lunch is a pot of soup between the two front seats, too cold and windy to eat outside. We visit Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and after a short look at both campsites […]

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Landmannalaugar to Seljalandsfoss part 1

August 8, 2016

Landmannalaugar to Seljalandsfoss Starting the day with a morning hike and then another ride on the F roads back to the main Ring Road. Lunch is a pot of soup between the two front seats, too cold and windy to eat outside. We visit Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and after a short look at both campsites […]

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Iceland – Keflavik to Landmannalaugar – part 2

August 3, 2016

 8 days of Iceland, almost 2000km in our rented 4WD car with the unpronounceable name, spectacular landscapes with geysers, so many waterfalls, moss-covered lava fields, ice capped volcanoes, glaciers and in the highlands, desert-like plains of ash. One could point out that later can get a bit boring though…   We started with the classic […]

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Iceland – Keflavik to Landmannalaugar – part 1

August 1, 2016

 8 days of Iceland, almost 2000km in our rented 4WD car with the unpronounceable name, spectacular landscapes with geysers, so many waterfalls, moss-covered lava fields, ice capped volcanoes, glaciers and in the highlands, desert-like plains of ash. One could point out that later can get a bit boring though…   We started with the classic […]

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Madagascar, Masoala, September 29 – October 3, part 2

October 14, 2015

Masoala, September 29 – October 3   In the Masoala forest, they have many animals and plants that can only be found here. A highlight is the family of red-ruffed lemurs playing up in the trees. And that we see the Helmet Vanga within the first few meters entering the park while the birders we […]

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Madagascar, Masoala, September 29 – October 3, part 1

October 9, 2015

Masoala, September 29 – October 3 With Air Madagascar generally flying only in the morning, not flying on Sundays and then rescheduling our flight to Tuesday, we get to spend three nights in Tana. As the weather and Tana both aren’t that great, we mainly hang out in our nice hotel room or the food […]

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Madagascar, Tsingy de Bemaraha, September 21-25 part 2

September 29, 2015

Tsingy de Bemaraha, September 21-25 part 2 Tsingy itself is an Unesco World Heritage Site, its jagged limestone pinnacles have been shaped by centuries of water and wind erosion. To cross them, we climb the via ferrata (fixed-cable routes) with its viewing platforms, rope bridges, ladders and suspension bridges. Visiting the Small Tsingy seems to […]

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Madagascar, Tsingy de Bemaraha, September 21-25 part 1

September 27, 2015

Tsingy de Bemaraha, September 21-25 With Air Madagascar changing the times – and as an extra challenge, once even the date – of every single flight we have booked with them, we got to Morondava earlier than planned, although via Tana and not with the now no longer available direct flight. Morondava is our starting […]

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Madagascar, Isalo, September 18-19

September 25, 2015

Leaving behind the rainforest in Ranomafana, we enter the desert plains of Southern Madagascar. It’s a flatter, hotter landscape now, with less people and covered in yellow savannah grass. The two-storey mudbrick houses and paddy fields of the highlands change into little mud huts with straw roofs and small herds of zebus. In the middle […]

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Madagascar, Ranomafana, September 16-17

September 23, 2015

Ranomafana, September 16-17 After a morning driving through the dry rocky valley of the highlands, we take a side road from the NR7 to Ranomafana. Suddenly there is forest, the air is fresh and cool and the road is the only good road in the whole country. The whole 30km of it. Ranomafana is another […]

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Driving, September 15-16

September 21, 2015

On our first real driving day, we learn that this is one of the countries where you don’t ask how far but how long. 100km can easily take three hours driving. We keep on congratulating ourselves for choosing a 4WD despite the agency telling us a regular car can do it as well. As LP […]

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Madagascar, Andasibe, September 13-14

September 19, 2015

After a full day of flying we arrived late in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Tana is not the most picturesque city of them all and we happily left the next morning with Monsieur Mamy, our driver for the first week. Andasibe is our first destination to look for lemurs. And some other wildlife but […]

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Torres del Paine

July 22, 2015

i’ve been obsessed with Torres del Paine ever since childhood when i read “Toate panzele sus!” (sails up) with Speranta crew’s(Hope’s) adventures around the Tierra del Fuego, the name was just inspiring. some years later when i’ve seen a sunset picture of the cuernos i knew i will end up there sooner or later, even […]

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Laguna Los Tres

July 18, 2015

the trail from El Chalten to Laguna Los Tres is the most popular hike in the region. the hike is pretty decent, 5 hrs each way with a total altitude difference of just little over 1’000m through an amazing landscape…that’s how is advertised, when you have to do the hike in pouring rain that even […]

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Perito Moreno and Los Glaciares National Park

July 8, 2015

home to 47 big glaciers and 200 small ones Los Glaciares National Park is a must see in Argentina. we took a ferry ride, full day to see some of the biggest glaciers and what a sight that is. The size of these glaciers puts the european ones i’ve seen to utter shame. the most […]

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El Chalten

July 1, 2015

the home of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre hikes, El Chalten lays few hours away from El Calafate. along the route you get to see the Fitz Roy closer and closer driving the last kilometres in a agonising slow speed, believing after each next curve the famous view will lay ahead. the weather hasn’t […]

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Goodbye Rio

June 4, 2015

The last post takes the most time, with us being back home and at work, never getting around to write it. After a couple of relaxing days on Ilha Grande, we are now back in Rio. Our last stop before flying back home. We decide to give the PĂŁo de Açúcar another chance to see […]

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Lençois Maranhenses scenic flight

May 14, 2015

On our last evening, Jeff from Fly Ava takes us up in the air for a thirty minutes scenic flight. It’s an amazing way to see the dunes, only now we realize how big the area is and how much is currently filled with water. Jeff upgraded us to the bigger plane, a seven seater […]

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Lençois Maranhenses part2

May 13, 2015

On our second day, we take a boat tour down the Rio Preguiças, between jungle, mangroves and dunes, to the ocean beach at CaburĂ© at the river mouth. The tour is nice and if we had learned some Portuguese ahead, we would now know a lot about palm trees, the different types of palm trees, […]

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Lençois Maranhenses part1

May 12, 2015

Next we travel further up north, to the dunes of Lençois Maranhenses. Of all Brazil’s landscape spectacles, the most unexpected has to be the Lençóis Maranhenses – a 70km-long, 25km-wide expanse of high dunes resembling lençóis (bed sheets) spread across the landscape. From March to September the dunes are partnered by thousands of crystal-clear, freshwater […]

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Pantanal

May 7, 2015

After getting super excited about having salad for dinner (Sabine), thanks to still being jet lagged we went to bed early and up even earlier, at 3.30am. Taking the hop-on/hop-off plane to Cuiabá with no less than three stops along the way. Arriving in the Pantanal, it still rains and we see only a few […]

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Iguaçu the wet one

May 4, 2015

So it is true what all the travel books say, you will get wet at the falls… so much rain, the only difference during the day is that from time to time it rains even more. While our ponchos keep us dry and get jealous views all around, our shoes don’t. Still, we are here […]

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Iguaçu Falls

May 3, 2015

The Iguaçu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and consist of approximately 275 individual falls over 2.7 km. Not that we counted them ourselves – too busy looking at them – but many they are. And stunning! After an early morning in Rio – jet lag, and a very early breakfast thanks […]

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Rio de Janeiro

As described by LP, Rio really is the Cidade Maravilhosa! Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms at her disposal. We love it. The busy beach of Copacabana, where everyone is keeping active. Running, biking, surfing or using the outdoor gym. Latest at lunch we realize […]

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