Andapa

Andapa is the only of the four major towns in SAVA region to be situated away from the Indian ocean 100 km southwest of Sambava. It has around 30.000 inhabitants of whom 90% are farmers, mainly cultivating rice. The place is ideal for that because of its location at the eponymous basin to where all […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

Ndole Bay Lodge, Lake Tanganyika / Tanganjika-See

In an extremely remote corner at the north-eastern end of Zambia, travellers with either an iron butt, tons of patience, excellent driving skills or pockets full of cash can reach as far as paradise which comes just around the next corner of a dilapidated track, miraculously named “a road” by some confused people. It is […]

At Lilayi – Im Lilayi

South of Lusaka, Lilayi Lodge is set in the middle of the eponymous, privately managed and 650 hectare large Game Reserve with more than 20 different species of mammal as well as more than 300 species of bird. Part of the reserve is the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage, where young elephant orphans are prepared to enter […]