Und noch ein Zaun…

Und noch ein Zaun…

Der Grenzübergang von Mozambique nach Südafrika war nicht nur zügig und problemlos, sondern auch noch sehr angenehm, da wir die Grenze in dem Länderverbindungspark Limpopo/Krüger Nationalpark überquerten und nur zwei einsame Abfertigungshütten vorfanden. Was der Limpopo Nationalpark an wilden Tieren zu wenig geboten hatte, konnte der Krüger Nationalpark in ein paar Stunden wieder ausgleichen. Uns wurde die ganze Tierweltpalette präsentiert und fast alle Tiere waren von nahester Entfernung zu beobachten. Allerdings mussten wir dieses Vergnügen mit vielen anderen teilen, da der Krüger Nationalpark sehr gut besucht war. Etwas schockiert waren wir über die Campsites, die die Infrastruktur einer Kleinstadt boten, da diese für die Massen konstruiert wurden. Es gab Tankstellen, Geldautomaten, einen gut sortierten Laden, medizinische Versorgung, etc. Kein Wunder, dass jeder Platz vergeben war und wir uns irgendwo in die Mitte stellen mussten. Jedoch hatten wir von dort den besten Blick, die anderen Camper belustigt beobachten zu können. Zuerst wurde ihr Fahrzeug mit einem Wasserschlauch vom Straub befreit und danach der Platz mit einem Besen gefegt, damit anschließend ihre vollausgerüstete Küche über Stunden hinweg aufgebaut werden konnte. Das erinnerte uns sehr an die Stuttgarter Kehrwoche und hatte mit Natur nichts zu tun. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass die Campsites einem Hochsicherheitstrakt glichen. Ein hoher Elektrozaun mit einem gut ausgebildeten Security-Service beschützte die Camper rund um die Uhr vor den „wilden Tieren“. Nach zwei Tagen Krüger Nationalpark ging es nach Johannesburg zu unseren Freunden Sabine und Joe mit ihren beiden Kindern. Auch in Johannesburg leben die Menschen hinter Elektrozäunen mit höchsten Securitystandards. Die „weißen“ Johannesburger bewegen sich nur in eingezäunten Bereichen und halten nachts niemals an roten Ampeln an....
and another fence….

and another fence….

The border crossing in the connecting National Park Limpopo/Kruger of the two countries Mozambique/South Africa was very pleasant because the clearance was done in two little isolated huts. Luckily Kruger National Park compensated for the missing animals of Limpopo National Park within a couple of hours. We were surprised by getting to see the whole range of wild animals even from a very close distance. The negative part was just that we had to share the pleasure with a lot of other visitors. Also a bit shocking for us were the campsites. They almost offered the infrastructure of a small town and were made for masses of tourists. For example there were gas stations, ATM’s, a well-stocked shop, medical treatment, etc. No wonder that every campsite space was occupied and we had to park somewhere in the middle. However this spot offered the best view for camper watching. The first thing our temporary South African neighbors did at their arrival was cleaning their car because there was a bit of dust on it. Afterwards they swept the floor in order to build up their fully equipped kitchen for hours. This reminded us very much of the weekly cleaning service in Stuttgart and was far away from being in nature. What a difference to other African countries. Not to forget to mention that the whole campsite resembled a high-security wing.  A high electrical fence with a well prepared security service protected the camper from “wild animals” around the clock. [satellite post_id=5219] After two days Kruger National Park we visited our friends Sabine and Joe with their kids in Johannesbourg. Also...
Autumn Feeling

Autumn Feeling

Zimbabwe, once the economic African paradise that is now almost run down. A dream land of natural resources, fertile grounds, diverse beautiful national parks as well as service orientated and creative people. Zimbabwe, a political disaster without any future prospects for the population. As expected the border crossing to Zimbabwe was done quickly and we drove to Victoria Falls village in order to see the 400 meter spray from a distance. Apparently the best spot offers Victoria Falls Hotel and we also agree with it. The view from the hotel terrace was spectacular. We enjoyed the spray shimmering in rainbow colors over the connection bridge of the two countries Zambia and Zimbabwe. Unfortunately one night in the traditional colonial hotel would have been way too expensive for us therefore we were happy with “high tea” in the afternoon. The village Victoria Falls has craft shops or markets at every corner with art collections from the entire country. The Zimbabwe people are big art masters in African stone and wood sculptures and they produce something creative out of every material or fabric. WordPress Image Slider Plugin The next day we drove to Hwenge National Park and stayed at Sinamatella Camp (GPS coordinates S18 35.139 E26 19.101) on top of a hill with a fantastic view over the untouched wilderness. As the campsite was not surrounded with fences we had to be prepared again for some visitors at night. However we only heard the lions and elephants roaring from a distance. Hwenge National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants and we were lucky. When we woke up we...
Rainy Season

Rainy Season

Zambia, a huge country with warm hearted people.  An untouched African spot on the way to find access to international markets. A country in the dilemma between traditions and free market interests. When we crossed the border to Zambia we also noticed here how friendly the people are. No helpers, no money change shouters, only efficient handling. We were immediately out of customs after we got a visa, the required stamps and paid the carbon emission tax for our Toyota. Firstly we went to the ATM and then to the filling station. How relaxing life can be if diesel is available again at all filling stations! [satellite post_id=4619] From Chipata we drove north-west to the South Luangwa National Park.  There are no campsites in the park therefore we stayed directly at the National Park at the Luangwa River in the Croc Valley Camp (GPS coordinates S13 06.010 E31 47.644). At our arrival the campsite manager warned us immediately not to leave any fruits like mango’s, oranges etc. in the car. It happens very often that some elephant’s walk into the campsite and smash everything into pieces in order to get the delicious fruits. Luckily we put everything immediately into our fridge because at sunset one elephant swam across the river and came to our campsite. Early next morning we entered the National Park. Unfortunately after the first hundred meters it started to rain and with that the probability dropped a lot to see wild animals. Apparently also during rainy season the park is known for a spectacular fauna. But we realized that all animals are hiding away during rainy...
Welcome to Middle East

Welcome to Middle East

Getting out of the strict organization, out of security controls and getting into the orient. Bargaining, hawker’s on the highway, men with long robes, women with scarfs, luxury limousines parking next to goats, people living with goats, donkeys, camels and at the same time many luxury hotels and resorts. Hospitable, friendly and honest habitants. Diving into a fascinating country with a vast variety of contrast’s. On the 23rd of October early in the morning we crossed the border to Jordan. The Israel departure was easy, without any troubles. We handed in the custom papers, paid 100 Shekel (approx.. 20 €) and after 15 minutes we already left Israel. [satellite] In Jordan we went through passport controls and got vehicle insurance for one week (24 JHD, approx. 25 €). We couldn’t trust our eyes, after 20 minutes we were in Jordan! That was so relaxing after the challenging arrival at Israel port 10 days earlier. GPS’s are not allowed to bring to Jordan. Therefore we did not have one and asked people to find our way to Aqaba. Because we did not bring maps either. The first thing we did was looking for a petrol station because diesel in Jordan costs only 0,51 JHD (approx.. 0,53 Euro). It is pure pleasure filling up our tanks in Jordan with this price (we have two tanks, altogether 220 liter!). We drove directly to Petra from Aqaba and arrived at the Ammarin Bedouin Camp in the afternoon. The Ammarin Bedouin Camp is beautifully situated in the middle of bizarrely shaped rocks. These present a fascinating landscape (GPS coordinates N30°22.912′ E35°27.032′). We can only...