Flying in Mpumalanga

Last weekend to got ready to get out the dust of Sonja’s glider and to get my brandnew Sigma 8 a try. iWe drove up towards Kruger. 100 km before Kruger where the escarpement drops to the Lowveld there are some good sites to explore. Most of them are somehow hidden and you need a [...]

Golden Gate

It is a country of unlimited outdoor posibilities. South Africa is just wonderful for hikers.

We explored one of the smallest National Park, the Golden Gate National Park, for a long weekend. It is nestled in the middle of South Africa at the border to Lesotho, a three hours drive from Jozi.

The names stems from the [...]


Flying Porterville

This fading summer I had the pleasure to fly in Porterville a few times. It is a great, great area for flying. This site is not only marking my personal best. I had lots of fun, I met great people and flying is made easy by the very well organised environment for paragliders.

I was [...]

Not so wild Wild Coast

Blue skies, white clouds, dark cliffs, whales jumping, dolphins playing.

A country beautiful and divided, stunning and frustrating.

We had it all at a fantastic five day hike at the west coast.

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We, that was Nadja & Markus (friends from Germany) and Sonja and myself, were hiking on the [...]

A tale of two towns

A: „I live in Joburg.“

B: „—-„

A: „Yes, in Joburg.“

B: „I never could live there. Can you live there?”

A: “Yes, actually, I find this town really exciting. Sometimes challenging, but really, really interesting.”

B: “I never could live there. No beaches. So much crime. All the blacks.”

A: “This diversity produces such an energy. That’s really South Africa.”

B: [...]

Babur Gardens

There is a good things about bombs in Kabul. You stay home and have time to post the pictures of your lovely day before: So yesterday, we were in Babur Gardens. A 300 year old garden built by one of the Moguls governing the whole of South Asia and living in Kabul. It was rebuild [...]

Rumble besides the jungle

A view days on mission in the DR Congo. What would happen in one of the worst governed countries in the world? Do I get through customs without bribing? When will the first soldier (or worse MONUC, the famously dubious UN mission here) stop and asked to be bribed for whatever funky reason? Is it [...]

Marathon in Soweto II

Last week, Sonja wrote about the Soweto experience. Now, we have the proof with the pics! Well, at least they proof, it was a tough one!

Flying in Wilderness II

We took a long weekend and hoped on a plane to Wilderness at the Garden Route to get some air time. Wilderness is a nice sleepy town at the coast in the middle of the garden route. It’s a good spot for coastal flying with some soaring sites at the sea and also two inland [...]

The big Southern Africa Road Trip

6020km, US$500 Diesel, 1 Nutella Glas, 3 kg Pasta on the camping cooker, 1 Gin- and several Tonic bottles, ca. US$800 Visa-and other bordercosts, ca. 6 hours spent at borders, 4 bottles of anti mosquito spray (but therefore no antimalaria pills), 3 whale sharks, 4 manta rays and 1 leopard with dead impala dinner: [...]