HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

There are basically two different ways to travel. Either you do all you can think off and everything that has the word fun or thrill connected to it and never think about consequences, OR you try and think about your impact on nature and people. The lion you pet for fun might as well be used to be cruely hunted the next day, do cheetahs like to be fed through a wiremesh or do people really like it if you invade their home on a township tour? You’ll never know until you ask the right questions. Let us give you a little food for thought on how to travel just a little more responsible than the rest of the world.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
In a lot of countries, tourism is a leading factor for economic development. Tourism accounts for an estimated 9% of the worlds gross domestic product (gdp) and about 220 million people are employed in the tourism sector. The development of tourism into one of the largest industrial sectors generated high expectations regarding it’s potential for development. Tourism was always seen as a way to boost local or regional economies and create jobs, but it was only in the last few years that it’s true potential has come to light. Today, the focus of tourism-development lies in it’s capability to be sustainable and reduce poverty all around the world. … read more here.

KEEPING THE WILDLIFE WILD
The topic I want to adress today are the tourist attractions and activities where animals are involved, for example riding on an elephants back, walking and taking pictures with big cats, cage diving with sharks and many more. It’s a topic that we’ve encountered many times in the past few years and one that makes me sad, angry and often quite disappointed at the same time because it’s so easy to avoid. I always wonder how so many people actually visit those places where animal cruelty is the norm without looking behind the scenes or questioning anything at all. I guess that is because most of them don’t know or don’t want to know … read more here.

NAMIBIA

Desert, dunes and never ending desolate landscapes. You’ve never felt so small and insignificant as in Namibia. After spending a few weeks in this marvelous country we’ve come up with one or two stories to tell.

WHAT TO KNOW & WHAT TO SEE
Want to travel to Namibia but don’t know how? Let us help you with the basics. We collected all the information about the easiest way to get to Namibia, the visa you might need, transport, the currency and the best time for you to visit this beautiful country. … read more here.

SKELETON COAST
First off: What a name… The Skeleton Coast is one of the places that are stated as a must-see destination in Namibia. Recommended in almost every travel guide and website, promoted with many pictures of old shipwrecks, it really built up a reputation.
Situated on the northwestern coastline it is just a short drive from Walvis Bay and Swakpbmund. Due to strong winds, a lot of fog and the Benguela current, this coastline was often the setting for disaster. Countless ships where caught by dense fog and offshore rocks, started to sink and break apart.
… read more here.

VISUAL VIBES

See Namibia like we did and have a look at our Visual Vibes Namibia here.

BOTSWANA

Botswana, land of diversity. Devouring deserts and silent saltpans on the one hand and the lush Okavango Delta with it’s never ending waterstreams and yearly flooding on the other. You could spend weeks in and around the delta alone… (we did)

MUST KNOW & MUST SEE
Hello folks! Are you planning to visit one of the most diverse countries in Africa but still need some information? We put together a list of the most important things to know before coming here. Click here is you are curious.

THE MIGHTY MAKGADIKGADI
Stretching over an are of about 30.000 km², the Makgadikgadi Pans are the worlds largest saltpans by far. They consist of multiple pans of different size. The pans themselves cover an area of about 16.000 km² with the largest pan stretching over 5000 km². Why go into detail? Because someone out there will surely say ‘umm, but the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the biggest pan in the world’ and yes, the Salar de Uyuni is the biggest SINGLE salt pan in the world (at about 10600km²) but the collection of the Makgadikgadi is bigger, HAH!. …. read more here.

EXPLORING THE OKAVANGO DELTA
If you are one of the lucky ones travelling to Botswana – congratulations! If you are thinking of visiting, what are you waiting for? Just go already! It is such a beautiful country with so many different things to offer. The famous Kalahari, the Magkadigkadi, the unique Okavango Delta and not to forget, beautiful and friendly people all the way. This article will be about the delta though so let’s get right to it
The lush Delta is home to millions of different animals & therefore definitely worth a visit. There are plenty different things to do and activities to spend your hard earned money on.
… read more here.

ZAMBIA

Zambia, one of the fastest growing economies in Southern Africa with some of the most pristine National Parks the region has to offer. First planned as transit only this country tightened it’s grip around us and was our ‘home’ for over a month.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT ZAMBIA
Hop on a plane to Lusaka, Period. Connections to Zambia’s capital are plenty, the cheapest connections would probably be with Emirates via Dubai, but if you want it more comfortable (aka. one long leg flight from europe instead of two), take one of the many flights to Johannesburg in South Africa and take the short flight up to Lusaka from there. If you are travelling business class, DON’T take Emirates on the long leg to Lusaka if you can. The layout of the plane is old and there is literally no space at all. The A380 connections to Johannesburg should suit you better. Want to know more about visas, when to visit and more? … read here.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
If you are ever going to Zambia we would definitely recommend the South Luangwa National Park. Experts claim that this park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries worldwide, mainly because of the Luangwa River and it’s lagoons. They create one of the most intense concentrations of animals in parks. You will find a huge variety of wildlife (only the poor Rhinos are missing because they’ve been poached extensively) and vegetation. There are about 60 different animal species and more than 400 different birdies.
… read more here.

MALAWI

Malawi is one of the smallest and least developed countries in Africa. Despite what many people might think it is also known as the “Warm Heart of Africa.” We found this statement to be very true and were astonished by the friendlyness and happiness of the people that call this beautiful country their home.

WHERE TO STAY IN MALAWI
If you are planning on visiting Malawi, don’t miss out on the Casa Rossa. Nestled in halfway up the Zomba Plateau it is beautifully situated with a view over Zomba and the Valley, profiting of the milder climate of the shire highlands. The owners Mark and Sylvia, two Italians who decided that Europe was not cutting it anymore, opened the place about 5 years ago and worked hard to make it a must visit location. Promotion is mainly through word of mouth which gave them a good headstart with training their staff and making them act way above standard.
… read more here.

HIKING AROUND MOUNT MULANJE
Finally some physical activity after a long time of leaving most of the work to Harry, our beloved Land Rover. The last time we really worked our muscles was in Botswana, when we did our Kayak-trip about two months ago. What a bummer… So who exactly came up with this idea? Not sure exactly. First of all, Lukas wanted to hike Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. What a great plan that would be, but due to the extreme increase of Park-Fee’s in Tanzania in the last few years this effort is very costly. Between 700 US$ and 5400 US$ per person to hike the highest peak in africa? Wow… ehm, thanks but we’ll sadly pass on that opportunity.
… read more here.

EXPLORING THE ZOMBA PLATEAU
Alright, where do we start? We arrived in Zomba about two weeks ago with the intention of having a sneakpeek at the plateau that is overlooking the small town. Our travelguide recommended to camp on top at one of the two available camping spots. Well, that didn’t work out. Turn out that the nicer one of the two (Chitinji) was closed quite some time ago and the other one (Trout Farm) is even more run down than five years ago when our guidebook was released. Really creepy place unless you travel in a big group – its just a bit too sketchy up there. Shame!
… read more here.