World: Rewind 2018

As the year 2018 is coming to an end, there is always time to reflect on the year and what has been the memories that will stay. This year was marked by big travel events - a new continent Africa and going back to Patagonia. Especially Patagonia I was waiting for 3 years to go back to. I studied in the meantime a lot of Spanish, in order to be prepared.Besides…

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South Africa: Driving Impressions

Before coming to South Africa my picture for Africa was a lot of dirt roads and off-road driving. Even this might true for a lot of African countries it is not true for South Africa. The main percentage of the roads are paved and easy to drive. Having a non 4×4 drive is decent for almost every road. One big topic is the distances between places. It is easy to drive…

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South Africa: Blyde River Canyon

The morning and early evening we still spent in the Kruger National Park, in order to enjoy the time with some nice animal encounters. As every part of the Kruger Park is different, we noticed that the north part of park is much more open and it is possible to see big herds of animals left and right from the street. From the Kruger National Park we drove to Blyde River…

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South Africa: Tips

GeneralPeople are pretty nice and helpful. In order to approach someone always starts with "Hello, how are you?" and wait for the response before you get to your original question.South Africa is easy for self driving. It has a good infrastructure, big freeways and much space. Still make sure that you are fine with driving on the left-hand side. Clarens TransportationThe easiest way to go around in South Africa is by…

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South Africa: Animals of the Kruger National Park

From Swaziland, we drove 180 km to the Kruger National Park. We entered the park at the Crocodile Bridge Gate. There you have to pay the first day entry fee and with every day to come you can pay further fees either way directly in the camp you are staying or when leaving the park. The first thing we did when entering the park was, refuel our car, buy some water…

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Swaziland: Drive through to the Kruger National Park

After two days in St. Lucia, where we took a boat tour to see the Hippos and visited the iSimangaliso Wetlands Game Reserve, we drove further to Swaziland. Our day started at 5 am, in order to drive over the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. The complete drive with border crossing took us 7 hours, which sadly did not leave us much time for exploring Swaziland itself. We stayed in a guesthouse near Mbabane…

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South Africa: Things to do in St. Lucia

Crocodile at the boat cruise in St. Lucia After our hiking days in the Drakensberg we drove directly to St. Lucia, which was a long driving day of 6 hours. The drive was fine but mostly unspectacular when leaving the Drakensberg area behind. Around Durban, it got a bit busy, as it is a bigger city in between which can be used as another stopover on the way to St. Lucia.…

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South Africa: Champagne Castle

After your amazing hike in the Royal Natal National Park and late check-in into your guest house in the Giant Castle Game Reserve we started the day slowly. As we found out that dinner in South Africa usually stops around 9 pm, we were totally lucky that the stuff still prepared something for us as we reached the guest house close to 9 pm.The first stop on today's road trip was…

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South Africa: Giant Castle Game Reserve

As the day was still young, we drove from the Champagne Castle National Park to the Giant Castle Game Reserve. The day was way too hot, around 2 pm we had 35 degrees and more, we were not able to hike in the Reserve. Which was a bit sad because the Park has a lot of nice hikes to offer.As we did not want to enter the park and do nothing…

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South Africa: An amazing hike – Amphitheatre Hike

Our second day of travel lead us from Clarens to the Royal Natal National Park in which the Amphitheatere Hike can be done. During the drive we crossed the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which gave already a nice view at the mountains. Even that the drive was only 90 km it took us over 2 hours, as the town of Phuthaditjhaba needs to be crossed. The area has a lot…

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