Easy days

January 30, 2014, Lilongwe

 

In the morning we stood up and had breakfast. I had hot milk and rice crispies from the buffet. The weather was bad.

 

After school we went to town. There were many people asking for money. We didn’t like that. We did a long search for a restaurant and everybody was angry. We had a mango smoothie, which was good. After buying groceries we had supper and then we watched a movie about Nelson Mandela and the Springbok captain. I liked to see Cape Town in the movie.

 

In the night, we heard the muezzin call because it was Friday. I was afraid a bit because I was somewhere new and it was a strange sound.

 

Matti

 

 

Here is the poem from the movie:

 

Invictus (William Earnest Henley)

Out of the night that covers me

Black as a pit from pole to pole

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul

 –

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody but unbowed.

 –

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the horror of the shade

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 –

It matters not how straight the gate

How charged with punishment the scrolls

I am the master of my fate

I am the captain of my soul.

January 31, 2014, Lilongwe – Nkhotakhota

 

We are quite happy to leave Lilongwe today. We have not found a key to Malawi here – only the oversized landcruisers of foreign aid organizations, their numerous expat employees, Malawians who ask us to take them to South Africa and locals who don’t seem eager or competent to do their jobs. It makes us sad and takes us by surprise after our experiences in Zambia, where everyone seemed proud of their nation.

 

We drive southeast to Dedza, a mountain village with a sawmill where we visit a pottery and enjoy their apple pie and custard tarts – a great change from the three standard meals we have either been cooking ourselves or been served the last few weeks. It is cool up here, and as the drizzling rain starts again, we decide to change our plans and drive north to Nkhotakhota. We feel adventurous and can’t imagine snorkeling in this weather anyway.

 

The winding road down the escarpment is one of the most beautiful drives we have experienced on our trip. Villages dot the landscape, between them, maize, cassava and bananas grow on every available square meter. People are working everywhere, plowing by hand or carrying heavy loads of wood and water. We are shy in taking pictures, but the images rest in our memories.

 

One thousand meters lower, we head north again, the lake only a few kilometers away. Few cars find their way here, even though the road is in excellent condition. People on foot or bicycles form a steady procession along the road, may carrying 50 kg bags of maize on their heads. The harvest is 1-2 months away, and there is not enough local food left to feed the 16 million Malawians, so maize is distributed by the UN food program.

 

We push on because it is late, and finally arrive in Nkhotakhota worn out and hungry. The constant drizzle makes us feel gloomy and uninspired – the beach, the lake, the sky are grey.

 

Only when the kids are in bed, a cup of wine in one hand, chocolate and a cigarette within good reach, do we see some stars shining faintly through the clouds – giving us hope that easier days are to come again.

 

Kathrin

 

February 1, 2014, Nkhotakhota Safari Lodge

 

On the day that marks half-time of our trip – 48 days – we wake to the cheerful chatter of local fishermen, pulling in the net right in front of our cottage. The sun is out, the lake a sparkling blue, with towering white clouds over the distant Mozambiquan coast.Soon, the boys join the fishermen and pull in the net, standing waist-deep in the lukewarm water.

 

We bask in the sun, and swim and snorkel all morning. It is a fun and friendly exchange between us, the only tourists wide and far, and the locals. We feel very welcome.

 

Through the day, we try and establish what boats circulate on the lake, to potentially take us to Likhoma, an island far away from the mainland. There are essentially but two options, and our hopeful spotting of diesel smoke turns out to be clouds of insects dancing over the lake – like the fish and the crops part of the local diet. We make no heading in finding out whether Likhoma is an option, and in the afternoon we go for a pottery class in a nearby training center – one of the most fun things we have done on our trip so far. We all make several items on the pottery wheel – I am particularly proud when my attempt for a cup turns into a beautifully shaped bowl.

 

We’re all exhausted from the work and the heat, so we have dinner in the restaurant – one of the best ones of the trip so far, too. The cook shares local recipes, and it is interesting and moving to hear about the constant struggle of the largest part of the population to have food on the plate in the evening. We fall asleep with the fan at full blast, and distant lightning – but no rain. We can feel how the laid back atmosphere of the lake catches up with us, a welcome change from the hectic days to, in and from Lilongwe.

 

Michael

 

Early morning visitors

Early morning visitors

Helping hands

Helping hands

pause

pause

play

play

Hogwarts' school for potters

Hogwarts‘ school for potters

Determination - concentration - focus

Determination – concentration – focus

...and sweaty joy

…and sweaty joy

Day's end

Day’s end

 

February 2, 2014, Nkhotakhota

 

Today in the morning we went snorkeling. We saw a lot of grey fish and when I was going back to the shore there was always a line of fish undernith me. After lunch we went to paint our pots from yesterday. While we were painting a tick came out of Matti’s ear. It was this big: 0. After that I went to watch Liverpool vs West Brom (It was 1:1). Then we had another quick swim and had a kwaiet evening.

 

Moritz

 

siblings in paradise

siblings in paradise

baby elephant

baby elephant

concentration II

concentration II

busy beach

busy beach

another day's end

another day’s end

 

February 3, 2014, Nkhotakhota – Bavanga Point

 

After packing up we had a quick swim in the lake. When we left and were on the proper road again, we realized that we forgot to give the keys back, so we had to drive there and back again. In Nkhotakhota we bought some drinks and a Malawian soccer shirt. I finished mine in about 5 minutes. When we finilly arrived in Dwangwe we bought some baisick stock, like water and matches. Matti also bought some fresh bread and I bought some maize. My mom bought some fabrics, too.

 

When we arrived at the lodge it was a beautiful beach and we immediately went swimming. Afterwarts, when we did school, our parents set the tent up. After supper, when we were showering, my brogher got sick. That night he vomited on my bed. In the end I had to sleep on a sleeping bag.

 

Nina

 

soaring

soaring

change of weather

change of weather

 

February 4, 2014, Makuzi Beach, Bavanga Point

 

First we made school and then we went on a boat to go on an island to look at fish, The water was very warm but then it started to rain. We could even hear the thunder under water. When we went back on the land again we took a hot shower until it stopped raining. Then we ate some soup.

 

Then we made school in the bar and I made a piece of art with my crayons. Later we went snorkeling again but we couldn’t see anything. I took the kayak and went to look for crocodiles because yesterday I saw one. It was lots of fun to ride the waves on my own. Then my mom made supper and we all went to bed where we giggled for a long time.

 

Matti

 

Mr. Kayak

Mr. Kayak

 

February 5, 2014, Makuzi – Nkhotakhota

 

When we woke up it was already hot, so we went for a swim and played in the waves. After breakfast, we did some school, Maths and German for me. When we were done with school (woohoo!), me and my brothers went kanuing. Then the boat came to pick us up for snorkeling again, this time we were able to snorkel around the whole island and the fish had some more colours in the sunlight. In the end my Mom, my Dad and Moritz jumped from a high rock.

 

When we got back, we went kanuing again. This time we went to a small island near the coast, and Matti cheated in the race we were having. Then we drove to Nkhotakhota to fetch our pots. Unfortunately, some were broken and the oven was broken too so we hope they will send them to Mulanje.

 

Nina

...in another paradise

…in another paradise

cychlids beware

cychlids beware

bombs away

bombs away

corn flakes

corn flakes

Go, Malawi, go!

Go, Malawi, go!

 

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Leopards at last!

January 25, 2014, Lusaka – Luangwa Boma

It’s not that easy, after 5 days in a perfect lodge (and in my case, a couple nights in a 4-star hotel in Maputo), to load the car and go. But we are keen for adventure again, and once we manage to stuff the car with all our newly acquired shopping we’re on the road again, eastwards on the Great East Road, that soon after Lusaka becomes a narrow strip of tar winding through a hilly, increasingly bushy landsape. People are wide and far in between, and once again we marvel at the vastness of Africa, where cities like Lusaka contrast with subsistence farming that shows little evidence of having changed since centuries. Guidebooks typically write that there is „nothing“ to see there, but for us, what we see ist he heart and soul and predominant reality of Zambia, from up close but yet very far, zipping past it seems impossible to understand how the daily reality would be living here.We opt for a simple chalet to overnight about halfway tot he next bigger town, which is 550 km from Lusaka. It is raining all evening – the rainy season is definitely in full swing here.

Michael

Roadside freaks

Roadside freaks

January 26, 2014, Luangwa Boma – Chipata

We continue our way east early, under threateningly gray, drizzling skies. Shortly after crossing the mighty Luangwa the bush and subsistence farming landscape gives way to bigger villages, with bigger fields, but all still very basic and we admire the neatly and formally dressed churchgoers.

There is more traffic now, mostly bikes loaded with everything from pigs, goats tot he ubiquitous charcoal, sometimes five men-sized bags at a time. We realize how important charcoal is as a product for the local economy.

Our journey is far, so we drive for hours, not very fast but content to be in the travelling rythm again. We buy egg-sized sweet mangoes, and can hardly fend off the dozens of sellers of finger-long bananas that taste sweet too, leaving sticky fingerpringts over the eternal chaos that is the inside of our car.

When we stop at the roadside for lunch we are THE attraction, and two grannies stopping take a keen interest in the various types of food. They go as far as tasting some of the leftover Korean bean curd, and their conclusion addressed to Nina comes fast: „So that’s why you are so fat!“. Giggling, they continue their journey.

Ours ends in the thriving farming town of Chipata (cotton and maize), where we stop early at a lodge, play football in our new Zambian kits and let off some steam in the pool.

We coule have driven further, but we now prefer a slightly more relaxed pace, realising that we had roughed it at high speed for some weeks.

Michael

synchrone climbing

synchrone climbing

Team Zambia

Team Zambia

glow-worms galore

glow-in-the-dark worms

January 27, 2014, Chipata – South Luangwa

After breakfast we bought some presents for my cousins, but I won’t say what they are. Then we came to the new park which is called South Luangwa. First we put up the tent under the lapa which is a thatched roof. Hippos are swimming right in front of our tent and there is also a crocodile. It was so hot that we had to go for a swim. Then we had a little bit of school and then we went on a night drive. I fell asleep during the drive but I saw the leopard eating a baboon and elephants. The others also saw a hyena and 3 genets. When we were almost back at the camp one of the wheels had a flat tyre. We all had to get out and the guides fixed it. By the way it was raining really hard, thundering really loud and there was lots of lightning.

Matti

a little bit of school

a little bit of school

ground hornbill

ground hornbill

glow-in-the-dark eyes

glow-in-the-dark eyes

smile for the camera

smile for the camera

my favorite - baboon for supper

my favorite – baboon for supper

fixing a flat

fixing a flat

January 28, 2014, South Luangwa

Today in the morning we had school. At midday we went to swim and play in the pool, we played waterball. After swimming we got ready for the game drive tonight. First the game drive was pretty boring because we only saw bushbucks, waterbucks, impalas, pukus and bufulos. After we had a sundownr it got dark and we saw lots of hippos. When the game drive was almost over we saw a leopard and a larg spotted Genet. When we were at home we went to bed. In the night it raind very hard.

Moritz

wild skies

wild skies

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how are you today?

how are you today?

sundowner

sundowner

January 29, 2014, South Luangwa – Lilongwe (Malawi)

After packing a very wet tent and having fund doing the dishes in the rain, or form e holding the umbrellas, we got in the car and drove to CHipata. To get rid of our Zambien Kwatcha we tried to get some ice cream which aparently was too soft, so we got water instead, but when they gave us the water they also gave us two ice creams! We also got maize and petrol. At the boarder we saw the people we’d been on the night drive the evening befor.

In Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, we first went to an Korean Log

e and because we didn’t like them, to about four others, but in the end we still went to the Korean Loge.

That evening we were all very tierd, my dad fell asleep while we were brushing our teeth!

Nina

Team Zambia meets Malawi

Team Zambia meets Malawi

relaxed border business

relaxed border business

 

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Urban Africa

January 20, 2014, Lusaka

After relising that the Reed Mat Loge which is where we were staying was not what we wanted, we packed our things and after breakfast we went to a loge called Kaingo. They have a very nice pool here, with a fountain and a swimmup-bar. It was much better than the other one.

After school and lunch and lots of swimming we had to go buy a suit for my dad. It was very annoying but in the end we got some mini donuts which was nice. After bringing the car into the garage we swam again and had a Rock Shandy and watched a bit of the Hobbit 2. A friend of dad came and had supper with us.

Nina

Luxurious Life

Luxurious Life

January 21, 2014, Lusaka

My dad went to Mocambique today for work. My story begins with a taxi that I did go in a shopping mall. Then, I saw there that there was a Star War’s movie. Then I stayed in front of that shop for an hour. But my brother and my sister went to see the rain because it was raining very hard and we could hear it banging on the roof. My brother could even feel a drop even though we were in the mall.

The KFC did stink and didn’t even have pops! So we went to Wimpy and I and my brother played Star Wars. Then we bought lunch for tomorrow and took the taxi back home. From my pocket money, I bought myself a calculator! Why didn’t KFC have pops?

Matti

Soccer results

Soccer results

January 22, 2014, Lusaka

Today we went to a place calld culture vilag. There I bought two wooden animals and a bow and arrow. Then we went to a market calld Kamwala and bought some fabrics. After that we walked to Comessa market and bought some more fabrics. Then we went home (to the lodg).

(Everybody shouted Gerard or Suarez when they saw my Liverpool shirt.)

Moritz

Kamwala

Kamwala

January 23, 2014, Lusaka

In the morning, we did school and tried to find out about the waterslide park but it had closed about a year ago because three kids drownd, their excuse was that they couldn’t see them drowning because there were too many kids in the pool. When that didn’t work we thought about going to a reptile park, but we figured we’d seen enough crocodiles in the wild and didn’t need that. So we just stayed at home.

After lunch we did a tresaurhunt. When I was about half way through my book, we went swimming. We jumped over each other and afterwards we ate the tresure or chocolate, as you take it. We managed to play Macala in about four difrent ways. When we waited for my dad to come back, me and my mom drew some dresses and my brothers got ready to attack my dad.

We went for supper with a friend of my dad. We went into a very full and a very loud restaurant. They rushed us through because we were at a reserved table.

Nina

seasoned traveller

seasoned traveller

January 24, 2014, Lusaka

Keeping our rythm of classes in the morning and outings in the afternoon, we were all delighted to have Michael back. Even though it sometimes feels very crowded and tight travelling as a family, with just a tent, a car and some mosquito nets to provide privacy – we still feel very close and dearly miss whoever is absent.

In the afternoon, we visited one of Michael’s projects and the billboards advertising it. I could imagine facilitating campaigns for environmentally friendly consumer goods in Africa – the potential seems huge and so do the benefits. We have all fallen in love with Zambia – and Lusaka especially. What a friendly, relaxed and cosmopolitan place – no matter if you are in a business environment or one of the markets or compounds we visited. To round off the day, we had Korean food cooked to perfection by Zambian chefs – yummie!

Kathrin

Pulumusa-SENGO-Project

Pulumusa-ZENGO-Project

for sale

for sale in Muthendere compound

Michael and Elizabeth

Mama Pulumusa

the factory

the factory

storage

storage

snack time

snack time

Hello Korea - Swiss greetings from Zambia!

Hello Korea – Swiss greetings from Zambia!

 

 

 

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From Zim to Zam

January 13, 2014, Bulawayo – Gweru

First we packed up and made school which was very easy for me. Then we went to have a haircut, but Nina and Mommy didn’t have a haircut. They went shopping instead. Before that, it took us ages to find something to eat. I was really hungry. When we drove to Gweru, we played Minion Rush. And then we all had lots of fun in the pool

Matti

January 14, 2014, Gweru – Harare

Today we drove from Gweru to Harare. In Harare a car with four Police man stopt us and said that we drove over a red light (which was not true) and wanted $100. They said that otherwise they would tak away our car. But we said that we first wanted to talk with the swiss embassy. Then they drove away. At the lodg there was a little cat, that did not have a name. We named it Maunzi. We playd with it for the rest of the day.

Moritz

 

 January 15, 2014, Harare – It’s a small world backpacker’s

After a content breakfast we did school and I had problems with understanding the scales (in maths!). When we were finished, we went swimming, we all looked for the five Rand which I had found and lost the day before, but we didn’t find it. In the afternoon we went shopping. We bought a basket, a hand broom, a poet running away from a lion, DVD’s, fabric and lot’s of food. In the evening we went to eat African food. They acted fancy but didn’t have lots of difrent things.

Nina

 

Fancy Food

Fancy Food

 

January 16, 2014, Harare – Mana Pools

 

After two days of moving on foot or in taxis, we had to face Zimbabwean traffic police again, which made us feel a bit uneasy. Driving out of the city was no problem, but as soon as Michael was in the driver’s seat again, the troubles started. Every few km he was asked to step out, but miraculously and with lots of politeness, niceties and the occasional firmness from his side he could talk us out of all the proposed offenses without paying any fines or bribes.

The road to Mana Pools is long; after descending the Zambezi escarpment it got hot, too. We were very proud of our kids and how they managed an almost 7 hour drive with no major quarrels.

Our beautiful campground felt great in the sunshine; after dusk, we didn0t move out of the perimeter between car and tent. First some buffalo dropped by for a visit, which sent the kids to bed fairly quickly. Brushing our teeth, Michael and I spied on a crocodile, when we were covered in soap, a hyena started making strange sounds – so we followed the kids quite early. During the night, the sounds of munching elephants, roaring lions and singing jackals sent the hyenas into fits of laughter several times; the five of us cozy and content in our tent, smiling in our sleep. Mana Pools is not for beginners!

Kathrin

 

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Zambezi school - send you applications!

Zambezi school – send you applications!

Neighbours

Neighbours

 

January 17, 2014, Mana Pools

 

There is nothing that helps you beat a 5 am alarm better than a hippo munching on juicy grass a couple of meters away from your head. We are all well awake before, and at 6 am ready for a morning walk with two armed rangers. We see little that we had not shared the camping site with – but walking through the bush is a welcome and exciting change from the usual driving. The early start gives us lots of time for school and work, I even manage to squeeze out an urgent email via satellite. Funny that even in these wildest places left, we can remain in touch with office and home. I usually am not an admirer of that, but happy for it today. It’s driving again in the afternoon – the canoeing is cancelled last minute, age limit 12 years…. Understandably with all the dangerous animals, but initially a disappointment that turns into a starting point for grand future travel plans.

The sounds of the bush drive everyone to bed at nightfall – particularly after I stand face to face with an equally surprised hyena searching for food scraps at the other side of the car. Even beginners like us get proficient with close-up wildlife in Mana Pools very quickly, so this is just a highlight more in a great day in the bush.

Michael

 

Morning exercise

Morning exercise

Hip Hip Hurray

Hip Hip Hurray

Mr. Dishes

Mr. Dishes

Yield

Yield

January 18, 2014, Mana Pools – Kariba

We packed our stuff together and wanted to on a little drive but then we got stuck in the mud. My dad got stung by a wasp when he was digging us out. Now his ear looks fat. He tried to run away but it stung him, even though he was covered with mud. An elephant watched us from up close so we had to stay in the car and check for other wild animals. First we had to go all the way through the mud, turn the car around and then we had to go back through the same mud because if we would have gone on, we would have gotten stuck even more. My mommy drove us back through the mud. Then we went back to the camping site and we tried another way where there was no mud.

Then I slept a bit so that we could watch a movie, it was “The Hobbit 2” that we had bought on a market in Harare. Lake Kariba is the hottest place ever.

Matti

 

Boswell is his name

Boswell is his name

Mud hero

Mud hero

Roadside Picknick

Roadside Picknick

 

 

January 19. 2014 Lake Kariba – Lusaka

Today we went to see the dam wall of lake Kariba. In the town Kariba there were zebras walcking around like donkies. Then we went across the dam wall to get into Zambia. It was very difficult to get in. Then we went to a restaurant with a pool and yummy fish. On the way to reed mat lodge (which is were we stayd for the night) somebody wanted to sel us a tortois. We buyd some baskets. Buy the way, it was very hot.

Moritz

The Wall

The Wall

yummy fish

yummy fish

 

 

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In a different state

January 7, 2014, Chobe National Park – Vic Falls (Zimbabwe)

Today we drove out of Chobe NP. On the way out we saw fife Sable Antelops. When we got to the border of zimbabwe it was not so hard to get across as we had expected. To get to Victoria falls we had to drive through a nationl Park. When we were two minuts in Zimbabwe we got a fine of twenty US$. When we were driving we saw three elephents. Two men were feding them. They alowed us to feed the mom. She had a little baby cald Lucy. She was very plaful. I think she was the strongest baby I have ever seen. At camp we saw the spray of the Victoria falls.

Moritz

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Moment with a monitor

Lucy Baby

Lucy Baby

January 8, 2014, Vic Falls

We are duly impressed by the Falls and the Zambezi River deep down in ist gorge. The drop of 100m and more sends water spirits into the air, dancing around us, drenching us, chasing us along the rim oft he cliffs; sending shivers down our spines.

Prices are also impressive in Vic Falls, apparently throughout Zimbabwe – seeing the Falls costs us over 100 US$, every meal, every service, anything we would like to buy seems to empty our pockets immediately. While the idea of lots of black guys and ladies carting whities from one adventure to the next (bunge, river rafting, helicopter tour etc.) while pulling dollars out of their pockets seems funny, life for Zimbabweans is hardly affordable.

Not having one’s own currency also poses some difficulties: US dollar bills are used, but not the coins. Instead of cents, we get Rand or Pula (at the daily exchange rate) for change, or sometimes just a donut or (at the post office) a pen.

Kathrin

 

The Falls

The Falls

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magnificent peek

Water spirits

Meeting the water spirits

January 9, 2014, Vic Falls – Hwange National Park (Masuma Hide)

In the morning, I did with Nina Zipline.m First, we went on a long one which was very exciting. The more we did, the less exciting it got. Number 5 was the scariest.

After that we went to a new camp, and we didn’t have to put up the tent again but we could sleep in the hide. We saw hippos, elephants and one crocodile. The hippos spashed in the water and opened their mouths wide. At night we heard elephants munching right next to us. Then it was morning and my dad and Moritz heard a lion roar.

Matti

The zippers

The zippers

zip-zip-away!

zip-zip-away!

zooped

zooped

front row food

front row food

peaceful sleep

peaceful sleep

 

January 10, 2014, Hwange Nationa Park (Main Camp)

After an early breakfast we started for the main camp which was 100 km away. At one of the other hides we met someone who told us about a lion kill on the other side of the camp. Ofcourse we went to look, but we hadn’t understud where exactly it was, so we circeled the area but managed to miss it. On the way back there was a car standing by the kill. There was only one leg left and because none of the lions wanted to stay in the sun and protect it from the vultures they just dragged the leg off.

In the camp we took a house because it started to rain. We did some school and in the evening we wached Jurassic Park.

Nina

 

frog pops for breakfast

frog pops for breakfast

ribs for lunch

ribs for lunch

a party at tea

a party at tea

school for supper

school for supper

January 11, 2014, Hwange Main Camp – Bulawayo

Between Hwange Town and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe seems an empty country. Two or three villages in beautiful pastoral settings whizz by, and we are reminded of the nature of our journey.

Looking at this blog, we see ourselves in our tourist character, smiling and enjoying amazing places, driving from one fascinating bubble to the next scenic bubble. (Roads so far are in surprisingly good shape, refuting our European expectations.) Our everyday life, doing the dishes, finding access to Internet, to groceries and places to stay and wash our clothes, playing and watching soccer, has gently installed itself after 4 weeks/4000 km. We all feel comfortable driving the long stretches, reading books or keeping secrets from the parents. It feels very different from the hovering interest in foreign countries we know from holidays. We are travellers, not explorers; the growing physical distance to Cape Town, the approach of our home, Switzerland, in our conversations, thoughts and hearts show us that time and route are just as important as all the exotic experiences. As a family, we are on our way home, travelling through nature, villages and empty spaces; we are on the road.

The latest bubble: UNESCO World Heritage Site Khami ruins, where the Matabele king resided 600 years ago, traded Chinese and Arab goods with the travellers of his time. We are impressed  and reminded of the Ticino, of the Knebelburg in Biel and Parzival, my current bedtime story.

Kathrin

 

African Deli - and yes, those are Mopane worms

African Deli – and yes, those are Mopane worms

stairway to the king

stairway to the king

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planning my veggie terraces

soccer - or what?

soccer – or what?

January 12, 2014, Matopo National Park (Bulawayo)

Today we went to see the best Bushman droings in southern Africa. But to get there we had to hike for two hours. In a book it said that on the way there were two other Bushman droings and a ten thausend years old oven. We found one droing and the oven, but we did not find the second droing. Then it started raining and we were all wet. Suddenly, there were lots of stinging nettles. Then we came onto open grassland and looked for the cave. But we got lost and had to go back, befor the park closed. On the way back we saw the second droings. So we never saw the best Bushman droings of Southern Africa.

Moritz

hiking the Matopos

hiking the Matopos

art critics at work

art critics at work

hiking on whalebacks

walking on whalebacks

wet from the rain

rainshower

beautifully lost

beautifully lost

 

 

 

 

 

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Bandits and Babes

January 3, 2014, Divundu, Caprivi Strip, Namibia

After three days of wet camping we had a relaxed day in the loge. When we finished a long breakfast we had almost a proper day of school. After lunch we had a nice swimm in the pool. As a end of the afternoon we played a round of Carcasonne. For supper we had potatoes and beef. Matti, mom and I drew lots of Top Models.

Nina

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Rain Man

January 4, 2014, Kasane, Botswana

Today we drove from the Caprifi strip to Botswana. On the way we saw a dead Boomslang. It was the bigest snake I have ever seen. We also went to a market, ther we bought some fabrick. Then we went to the lodge, Soon after we arrived, we went on a afternoon drive. There we saw banded mangoose babys. Then we went back to the lodge.

Moritz

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January 5, 2014, Kasane – Chobe National Park, Ihaha Campsite

We had a lovely breakfast with Corn Flakes at Kubu Lodge. Then we went shopping and my brother lost his leatherman tool. We were all sad and I said: „I’m gonna buy you a new Leatherman with my pocket money if I see one.“ Then we went to Chobe National Park. We saw a lion who was chasing a sable antelope into the water and cute lion babies. We camped at Ihaha and we put up a long laundry line so that everything could dry. Finally, it is sunny again! Yay! At night I dreamed of a Corn Flakes world. A baboon came when we were eating by the river. He looked at Nina’s chocolate rolls on the coals and picked the biggest one. He didn’t hurry when we chased him away.

Matti

Cute Mischief

Cute Mischief

NoMischief

NoMischief

Take your time...one by one

Take your time…one by one

Men at work

Men at work

Chocolate Rolls - Schoggiweggli

Chocolate Rolls – Schoggiweggli

Let the sunshine in…!!!

January 6, 2014, Chobe NP, Ihaha Camp Site

After a useless morning drive, exept the tracks of a hayeana, burnt elephant bones and some giraffes we did school. During sport my dad saw a fat snake and in break a monkey stole a whole pak of biscuites and at lunch they stole an apple.

After the siesta we wacht a bit of Dispicable Me 2 and went on a better drive. We saw Impalas, lots of elephants, hippos and a baby crocodile, which we could hold, we even put it on my shoulder. For supper we had rice and mince with betrute salad.

Nina

Curious

Curious

Curious too

Curious too

Shy at first

Shy at first

friend = not a douchebag, not a handbag

friend = not a douchebag, not a handbag

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Liquid Caprivi

(no, not a new drink we tried last night…)

January 1, 2014, Divundu, Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Prosit Neujahr! The new year started for us like the old one ended: Rain, intermittent with heavy rain. On the upside, we woke up fairly dry and good humoured, except for Moritz who was fighting off a stomach bug.

During a short spell of sun we managed to get our raincoats dried and have a short swim in the pool before the next shower drove us in the car to take a drive to Popa Falls, a series of not so impressive rapids nearby (but with a restaurant that serves tea in the dry). On the way, we admire the green landscape and thatched huts. Back in camp, efforts to stem the flows of water under our tent prove ultimately fruitless and we resort to eating dinner and watching the rest of the movie from yesterday in the covered kitchen area before we call it an early day, hoping for better weather somehow, somewhere tomorrow….

Michael

January 2, 2014, Divundu – Kongola, Caprivi Strip, Namibia

First thing in the new year, we are desperate for a break from our adventures. We need to get away from all the water, the mosquitos and the people assuring us that we are experiencing exceptionally bad weather. We decide to try our luck at the other end of the Caprivi strip, near Kongola. Mazambala Lodge welcomes us very warmly, taking loads of laundry from us and offering a thatched roof above. Mosquitos are still plentiful, but after a swim in the pool, a warm shower and a fine dinner we feel very capable of facing them again. On our way through Caprivi, we are a bit disappointed not to see any wildlife but a wild dog killed on the highway, which made us sad. Interesting to see the homesteads of subsistence farmers between the highway and the power line, both running through a national park.

Kathrin

Kwandu River

Kwandu River

Road River

Road River

Raindrop River

Raindrop River

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Wet wet wet

December 28, 2013, Maun

Today in the morning we went shopping. My perants alredy told us that they had a saprise for the afternoon. We guessed and guessed but the saprise wasn’t enithing that we guessed. It was better! Only wehn we were at the airport we new that we were going to fly over the Okavango delta. The first animals we saw were wild dogs on a street probaly on the hunt. Then we saw some other animals and the delta. While we were in the plain there was a storm but nobody vometed. After that we went to a resurant. Then we went home (camp site).

Moritz

Wannabe bushpilots

Ready for adventure

Wannabe Bushpilots

Wannabe Bushpilots

We're really doing this!

We’re really doing this!

Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos - all so tiny!

Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos – all so tiny!

Juicy

Juicy

New view on the world

New view on the world

 

December 29, 2013, Maun – Sepupa

After a morning of driving we had lunch in a restaurant at the side of the road that only had pap, samp and meet. On our way to our camp SWAMP STOP we went into Etcha 6 to see how the tradishionel baskets were made. We also bought a bowl with the singh of „what we have up there now“ (clouds, rain, storm, wethear?). There are 13 different Etchas, each one has a number (1, 2, 3…). Because of the civil war in Angola the peopel from there came into Botswana, they were given the land were the Etchas are now. They divided themself up into 13 diffrent groups, put the vilages into a line a nd left 1 km between them.

Nina

Lake Ngami

Lake Ngami

December 30, 2013, Sepupa Swamp Stop

Today we went to a mokoro trip. But first we had too drive on a motor boat for 2 1/2 hours. When we got to the mokoro station we had lunch. When we were walking to the mokoros a storm came up and we had to go back. When the storm was over we had a little moroko ture. But when we were going ack it started raining so hard that we had to stop on a house boat. Then we went home.

Moritz

Harmless birds

Harmless birds

Top spotter

Top spotter

Eden

Eden

Papyrus mattiensis

Papyrus mattiensis

not so harmless crocs

not so harmless crocs

East of Eden

East of Eden

Maun, Ngami, Sepupa15

Mokoro

Mokoro

December 31, 2013, Sepupa – Caprivi Strip (Namibia)

We left Botswana today and came to Caprivi Strip. A big smelly man pushed in front of us at the border. He smelled like wet dog. Then we went to a campsite with fancy toilets. But we didn’t stay there because they were drunk and wanted a loud party so we drove on. At the next place we stayed and I helped some fishermen. I wasn’t allowed close to the water because there were crocodiles and hippos. At our party we watched Pirates of the Caribbean 3 but we didn’t finish it.

Matti

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Baobabs

December 26, 2013, Magkadikadi NP – Nxai Pan National Park

While leaving the Makadikadi Park we saw some roadmarks that the elephants had dug out and were tiped over now. We also saw some giraffes, there were tow jung ones there, too.

We had lunch at the Baines Baobabs and on our evening drive we saw a cheetah. He was very far of and didn’t do much but lie there and occaisonaly move his head or roll over. But it was our first time to see one and it was still exciting.

On our way back to camp we saw three wild dogs, which is a rear siting, and they came very closeup to our car.

Nina

Michael's Baobab

Michael’s Baobab

Baines' Baobabs

Baines‘ Baobabs

Crossroads

Crossroads

December 27, Nxai Pan National Park – Maun

Early in the morning we went looking fort he cheetah but we didn’t find it. A family of jackals was cute, but the rest didn’t interest me much. At school we played a game with itchy balls and gum nuts. On the way out of the park, mom almost crashed the car in a sand pit and sand sprayed all over the roof.

When we got to Maun, there was a pool at the campsite and a restaurant with chocolate mousse. In the dark we spied on the kitchen.

Matti

Giraffes like Baobabs

Giraffes imitating Baobabs

Gulping up

Gulping up

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Elephantastic Christmas

December 24, 2013, CKGR – Magkadikadi National Park

It was Chrismas and this is how we celebrated it: We really started at 5.30 pm by making popcorn, had a shower and after the main course – bread on the stick, mashed potatoe, chalakalaka and steakes – we sang some songs and did the presents. This is what we got: Parents to Matti = knive, parents to Moritz = Leatherman, parents to me = four Top Model books, Moritz to Matti = two socer cards, Moritz to me = flower earrings, Moritz to dad = vouchers, Matti to Moritz = car sticker with boy at drums, Matti to me = paper dolls, Matti to parends = Adventcalender, me to Matti = angrie king face beenbag and lolli, me to Moritz = astonisht hat face beenbag and lolli and I gave my dad vouchers, too. Moritz and I had already given our presents to our mom; he gave her a homemade blanket and I had made an ovenglove for her.

In the morning we also saw vultures right next tot he road. They were feeding on a dead cow.

Nina

Crossing the Boteti River

Crossing the Boteti River

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Angel Boys

Angel Boys

 

December 25, 2013, Magkadikadi National Park

Today we went on a morning drive. First we didnot see a thing. But then we saw a elephent, then there were more and more. In the end there were about 100 elephents!!!

Wihle we were watshing the elephents, we saw a giraffs head over the trees. But when we arrived there, the giraff wasnt there. After that we went tot he fenc., but lots of it was broken by the elephents.

Moritz

Magkadikadi NP21

Big Splash

Magkadikadi NP22

Surprise!

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