Marojejy

A good 60 km southwest of Sambava lies Marojejy National Park in the eponymous Massif de Marojejy, a mountain range with its highest point at 2.132 m altitude. Those mountains are covered by dense rainforest as well as montane rainforest and cloud forest on the higher levels, and the forest is one of the top […]

Vola Maitso, Bemarivo river & Soavoanio Coconut plantation – Vola Maitso, der Bemarivo-Fluss und die Soavoanio Kokosnuss-Plantage

Vola Maitso is a cooperative of farmers growing and selling cocoa, vanilla, pepper, cloves, coconuts, and fruits in a picturesque landscape a few kilometres north of Sambava. They practice a sustainable form of agriculture, combining the cultivation of different plants in an ecological way – without chopping off trees till there is nothing left. Unfortunately, […]

Domaine d’Ambohimanitra

Domaine d’Ambohimanitra is a vanilla plantation 50 km south of Sambava, only a stone´s throw from the Indian ocean, and the name means “hill of perfume”. Not only do they produce vanilla for sale but also for educational as well as touristic purposes. They grow various types of vanilla, starting with Mexicaine, the original species […]

Sambava

In Madagascar`s northeast lies the SAVA region, covering more than 25.000 km2, and the name SAVA derived from the four main cities Sambava, Antalaha, Vohemar and Andapa. From north to south, Vohemar, Sambava and Antalaha are the region´s seaside towns while Andapa is situated inland a good 100 km southwest of Sambava. The triangle between […]

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Despite attractions like the mountain gorillas or Rwenzori mountains, Uganda’s most famous National Park is still Queen Elizabeth National Park, the oldest park in the country and with 1.978 km2 also the second largest. The region where the Rift Valley crosses the equator is under protection since the 20s of the last century, and the […]

Virunga III – Meet the Batwa – Eine Begegnung mit den Batwa

Besides “Silver and Gold”, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the ancient and unparalleled rich culture of the Batwa, the people of the forest. When the park was gazetted, they had not only been translocated to the outskirts of Kisoro right at the edge of the woods that […]

Virunga II – Golden monkeys – Goldmeerkatzen

Virunga I – The mountain gorillas – Die Berggorillas

The Virunga volcanoes include eight volcanoes in total, situated at the border triangle of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Extended areas around the volcanoes are protected in order to preserve half of the population of the famous mountain gorillas living in the montane forests. The most active of the volcanoes are Nyiragongo (3.462 m) and […]

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo and the eponymous National Park protecting 260 km2 of rolling hills, forests, and bush savanna is an underrated gem in Uganda’s impressive set of National Parks. The landscape surrounding the five lakes within the park is picturesque at least, and there is an abundance of wildlife ranging from zebra and antelope, like the […]

Nsumbu National Park

At the extreme northeastern end of Zambia, amazing Nsumbu (or Sumbu) National Park stretches from the shores of Lake Tanganyika deep into the forested hinterland. With over 2.000 square kilometers Nsumbu belongs to the medium size Parks in Zambia. In the 70s it was said to be one of the best in the country besides […]