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But what are the Hurtigruten you might ask. Well, originally the Hurtigruten are the traditional Norwegian post and ferry ships that have been connecting the small towns and villages along the coast since 1893 – often times the only way to get to remote towns and villages in winter. From the beginning, the ships were used for daily mail and cargo as well as a way of transportation for the Norwegians and for tourists. During the last decades they built newer and bigger ships, renovated the old ones and focused more and more on providing a tourist service along the way. It’s not like a regular cruise ship, but the ships have got the comforts and services regular ferries probably wouldn’t have. The original route takes you along the coast from Bergen to Kirkenes (or vice versa) in 6 days and lets you explore the beauty of the fjords, the stony shores and the small towns along the way. Keep your eyes open, there might be a troll hidden somewhere along the way.. We boarded the ship at the end of August, just after the hotter summer months but before the onset of winter along the route. The cheapest and most convenient connection for us from Hamburg to Bergen was via Copenhagen. After we arrived in Bergen we took a bus (about a 40 minute ride) into town and walked a short distance from the bus stop to the Hurtigruten terminal. We really enjoyed our time aboard and hope to come back at some point. Thanks again to B. who made this trip possible for us and we hope that we inspired you guys to put Norway on your list of places to visit.

We are moving to Cape Town

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Sweet Baby Jesus! We are moving to Cape Town. It’s been quite hard to keep it a secret and not telling everybody what we are up to but now it is more or less official and we can finally tell you. It was pretty clear to us that we both of us would love to live in Cape Town for a while so we had a look at the universities down there and found an Honours Degree that suits us both. At the end of summer we applied at two universities and a scholarship and have been waiting for an answer ever since . So after making us wait for about two months we finally got the confirmation that we’re both accepted. Confirmation came only last Wednesday, while we were visiting our friends in Bavaria – and after seven plus two months of complete uncertainty about our future, that acceptance letter was the most relieving email in a long time. Now we’re back home, trying to sort out how we’re going to manage our move on such short notice. One last big thing on our To-Do List now is applying for our Visa at the embassy in Berlin where we’ll be this Friday. Then it’s on to packing our stuff, selling what we don’t need anymore, finding somebody that wants to live in our flat in Hamburg, booking our flights and finding a new flat as well as a trustworthy car in South Africa. So that’s it – That’s been our big secret for the last couple of months and the reason why I said that a lot on this website will change in the future. We would like to take all of you with us on our journey into a new life, our (daily) South African adventures and share everything else with you that we stumble into along the way. We hope you join us – there are exiting times ahead! thank you very much philip for our new logo ♡

Top 5+ Campsites in Southern & Eastern Africa

Lilli Africa, Camping, Everything Else, On the road, Places, Responsible Tourism 2 Comments

Before we set off to our trip the thought of living in a car for almost 9 months scared me a bit, to be honest. Probably because the one and only time that I’ve been camping before was a three week camping trip through New Zealand in winter. But after the first couple of nights in our cozy car I realized how much I love camping and now, back in Hamburg, i miss the beautiful campsites, wild nature around us and being outside 24/7. I thought this post might be a great opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane and give you some ideas, tipps and inspiration if you are planning your next trip through Africa or if you are already there, looking for a great place to stay. So here they are – our Top 5 Campsites in Southern and Eastern Africa plus an additional list of campsites that we can recommend. Only separated from the National Park through a riverbed lies this little gem. We’ve stayed here during the dry season which means that the riverbed was the only source of water for the wildlife. Therefore we had elephants, hippos, giraffes and even a pack of lions walking only a few steps away from us looking for water and yummy fresh grass. What I enjoyed the most was fleeing from the crazy heat into the pool which is overlooking the riverbed and parts of the national park, watching the wildlife stroll past us. If you are planning on visiting this beautiful place, here are two tips for you: First, there’s a dirt road which goes from the little town ‘Petauke’ almost directly to the South Luangwa National Park. It’s a great route and if you’ve got the time and the nerves for some rough roads you should give it a try. Tip numero two is: stock up on food before you go there. There is a small town nearby (20 minutes by car) where you can buy fresh fruits and veggies but you should take everything else that you might need with you. If you are too lazy to drive all the way to town, there’s a guy visiting the camp site almost every day that sells his home grown veggies to you – a winwin! We already wrote a whole article about this place which you can find here. The last thing that made this place so unique is that due to the fact that they include the community into the business and that therefore everyone makes a profit, it is really safe to walk around, even at night (which is a thing that I wouldn’t recommend doing anywhere else in africa!). We love this place. We already wrote a whole article about it here and you can read more about the beautiful Zomba Plateau here or visit Mark and Silvia’s website here. While sitting in the car for hours and hours, leaving kilometer after kilometer behind us I spend a lot of time searching for campsites along our route that are not only cheap but as pretty as possible as well. I really missed a website with a list of good places that I could trust. Often times the only reviews I could find online where a few years old and, in the end, never really accurate. I always tried to find places that are not too far from each other to avoid driving for too long, that are cheap, clean and safe.

Going Down South

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“Imagine one of the weirdest places on earth. Around nothing but empty vastness and a silence that is so absolute that you can almost hear your own heartbeat. It’s a beautiful night and the milky way in it’s full glory stretches from horizon to horizon with a cosmic shower marking clear cut lines across the sky. We are the only humans for miles, that amount of free space gives you time to contemplate. How exactly did we, two city bred europeans, both barely finished with uni, end up here? Well… that story goes back a bit…“ We had the pleasure of being featured in Proven Overlands first magazin issue. So if you want to read the rest of our story, klick here.