Our Journey in 2014

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We wanted the Southern part of Africa to be the first section of our trip around the world. Our journey began in South Africa, because shipping the vehicle to Port Elizabeth was the most reasonable option.

In the Tsitsikamma NP we enjoyed the wind and the waves and we slowly arrived mentally in Africa. Nice hikes took us along the coast and through thick ancient forest.

Then we headed north because we wanted to benefit from the dry season. The drive through Baviaanskloof was our first serious 4x4 track and also the first experience with a more or less unpopulated landscape. At the northern rim of the canyon we ended up at an elevation of 1000 m and arrived in the semidesert Karoo. In the Mountain Zebra NP as well as the Camdeboo NP our iMobil was for the first time on a real game drive and we had some very nice sightings. Just as impressive was the wide open space of the Karoo with nicely shaped mountains here and there. No doubt - our journey through Africa had begun!

A detour took us to Rhodes at the southern tip of Lesotho and we spent a few days in that lovely sedate village far away from any civil infrastructure. This was also where our three week journey along the Drakensberg started. We traveled along its whole dimension from south to north. In retrospective this was a good decision because the scenery got wilder, rougher and more impressive as we traveled north all the way up to the so called Amphitheater and the famous Tugela Falls. Our hiking boots had to give everything and during the evenings we enjoyed stunning views towards the Wall of Erected Spears, as the uKhahlamba Drakensberg are called in the Zulu language. We also conquered the legendary Sani Pass and spent a few hours in Lesotho.

In Johannesburg we visited good friends who had introduced us to Africa many years ago. We did not only enjoy their hospitality but also the World Cup soccer match Brasil vs. Germany (1:7!).

On our way to the Krüger NP we visited the Blyde River Canyon for the second time after 18 years - and learned that one should not touch the good old memories. A certain disappointment is almost guaranteed. Tourism has grown and is around every corner, a lot of the magic from the good old times has gone.

At first we were not sure whether or not we should visit the Krüger Park at all. May be too touristic, too crowded? At the end we stayed for 16 days and drove 1500 km through the entire park! It had a certain charm to visit all the sections of the park and to stay at almost all camps. We drove primarily the gravelled side roads and got rewarded with impressive sightings. What was meant to be a short photo-stop often turned out to be a looong break to observe what came and went and our cabin served a shaded observation deck. The common opinion is that there is less game in the north compared to the south of the park - wrong! We did our most spectacular game viewing far in the north before we left the park at the Pafuri Gate.

We arrived in the province Limpopo. Along the same-named river we camped for another few days and also visited the Mapungubwe NP, launched just 10 years ago and the latest addition to the jewels of SAN parks. This park allows great insights into the beginning of advanced civilization in Africa. In the museum, which is a masterpiece of architecture, we saw the Golden Rhino, a burial object from those days.

The river Limpopo also marks the border to Zimbabwe. We were really looking forward to visiting this country but we were also clearly tensed because of all the bad news we heard and read. However, we took the risk crossing the border at Beitbridge into a country which had suffered for the last 20 years under a chaotic governance and which gave up its own currency in 2009 after hyperinflation of a few billion percent. Ever since one can buy again fuel and grocery - paying in US Dollars and at a premium price. Nevertheless, we filled up all our tanks and pantries to the rim and the adventure began:  Simbabwe


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