I am sure that many of you have heard of the famous Kruger National Park (KNP) in the North-Eastern part of South Africa. This large nature reserve is about the same size as the country of Israel and measures approximately 360km (220miles) from North to South.
Since my first time in South Africa almost 20 years ago I always wanted to explore KNP all the way up North. But during all my visits over the years I always ‘got stuck’ in the South exploring its game rich areas and spending a lot of time at my favourite hide at Lake Panic.
A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to get the job done properly, drive up all the way North, and experience the various ecological zones with its varying fauna and flora.
I reserved 10 days for this trip, booked accommodation in various rest camps, packed all my photographic gear, signed off from social media and the internet and started my KNP adventure.
Because of recent heavy rainfalls and subsequent floods I had to travel mainly on the tar-roads (H-roads in KNP terms). But I was compensated, with incredible vistas of overflowing rivers which are usually dry, with waterfalls at places where usually a little creek winds its way down a hillside, and with lush green grassland areas instead of yellow/brown savannas.
I experienced the many changing landscapes from the open areas in the centre of the reserve to the Mopani forests in the Northern part. The North is a great place for tree lovers with its many species including my favourite tree, the Baobab.
I am planning to come back to do the same trip in Winter (June/July) to experience the differences in the various areas and drive more of the dirt roads.
Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the pictures which I took while exploring this beautiful part of South Africa.
If you have any questions about the trip please post them as comments or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will enjoy them!
PS: I am now back home on Thanda Safari (www.thanda.com) and back on social media, instant messaging, email and the Internet. But I very much enjoyed my two weeks of using my iPhones and my iPad only as cameras and audio book players. It was very relaxing!
First time mammals = Roan Antelope, Southern African Springhare (Krugeroo)
Total number mammal species identified: 31
Total number bird species identified: 112
Camera equipment used = 2 x Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 1 x Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Canon L-Lenses: f4/500mm, f2.8/300mm, f4-5.6/70-300mm, f2.8/24-70mm, f4/17-40mm, 1.4x Converter, Manfrotto Tripod, iPhone Xs MAX
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What a trip!
These are a few pictures from my trip to Germany and Switzerland. I have arrived on 25 April and I will leave on 8 May (next Monday). Being with my family and many friends is great. I enjoy every minute even if my scale will tell a tough story once I get home 🙂
… and for the food lovers among you here a list of just a few dishes from all the lunches and dinners, so far …
Creamy asparagus soups
Mushroom and vegetable risottos
Local venison with hand-made ‘Spaetzle’
‘Old Swiss House’ veal schnitzel with noodles
Local beef, cooked to perfection, with roasted potatoes and salad
As every year I am visiting my family and friends in Germany and Switzerland in April/May.
This year a small town in Switzerland has invited me to give a presentation about “ZULULAND – Wildlife and the People in South Africa”. This is a public event on 28 April and anyone is welcome at the presentation. I will talk about my life and my work in South Africa and show some of my pictures. The presentation I will be in German … 🙂 .
I am also planning to be in the Zurich Zoo on one of my days in Europe and I happy to meet and chat with any of my social media followers. I will announce the date for this a bit later.
And now in German…
Wie jedes Jahr besuche ich meine Familie und Freunde in Deutschland und der Schweiz im April/Mai.
Dieses Jahr hat mich eine kleine Gemeinde in der Schweiz (Schlossrued) eingeladen, einen Vortrag zum Thema “ZULULAND – Tierwelt und Menschen in Suedafrika” zu halten. Dies ist eine oeffentliche Veranstaltung und jederman ist willkommen. Ich erzaehle ueber mein Leben und meine Arbeit in Suedafrika und zeige einige meiner Bilder. (Den Vortrag halte ich in Deutsch).
Ausserdem plane ich einen Besuch im Zoo in Zurich. Ich treffen mich gerne zu einer Unterhaltung mit Social Media Followers (fiel mir keine gute Uebersetzung ins Deutsche ein :-). Das Datum hierfuer gebe ich ein wenig spaeter bekannt.
Pakamisa, as most of KwaZulu Natal, is still suffering under the very dry weather conditions. There has not been any substantial rain for a long time and this winter (dry season) will continue to be very difficult for “man and beast”. It is not the lack of water but the lack of food which is the major threat to grazing species during a drought. Pakamisa is now supplementing food to help its grazer population to survive the winter.
These are a few pictures I took during this relaxing stay. I have a few more days to myself before I will be back to work at Thanda Safari!
Pakamisa in the early morning …
Too dry …
On the way to the stables …
The Pakamisa team training young horses …
Prinz – Pakamisa’s stallion – longing for the ladies …
Baraka and Prinz …
Thanda and me – This young horse is named ‘Love’ in isiZulu …
Room with a view – Wildebeest in front of my room …
As many of you know I normally do not watch TV, and certainly no quiz shows. But there is an exception – it is a BBC 2 show hosted by Stephen Fry called QI (‘quite interesting’). All episodes are available online on YouTube. It is a great combination of British humor and many interesting facts about ‘all-sorts’. I watch episodes on my iPhone 6 Plus when I have a bit of spare time.
One of the pictures below shows my delicious ‘QI lunch’ on the terrace of my parents’ house in Germany – with poopy seed rolls, Bündnerfleisch (dried Swiss meat), Emmentaler cheese and Fleischkäse (traditional German lunch meat), followed by some of my mum’s superb poppy seed cake.
Day 18 – Last day in Europe
Today was my last day in Germany – tomorrow morning I will leave from Zurich, Switzerland, to South Africa.
I spend a bit of time in the town of Bad Saeckingen, having a look at the cathedral and the old wooden bridge crossing the Rhine river. I grew up in this area and I went to school there for nine years – a long time ago 🙂
PS: My today’s flight to South Africa got cancelled. Now I flying on a day-flight tomorrow morning – which I am looking forward to – seeing Africa from the sky during the day 🙂
Day 19 – Over the African continent
I enjoyed my trip over the African continent. I departed Zurich around eight in the morning and I landed after dark in Johannesburg.
This very good flight marked the end of an excellent Europe trip. As every year the highlight was seeing all my family and friends (and gaining a few kilos while having many excellent lunches and dinners). Thanks!
Picture marked with a * were taken with my iPhone 6 Plus or my iPhone 5s
Over the Caprivi strip …
* QI lunch …
From the wooden bridge – Bad Saeckingen – the border between Germany and Switzerland …
* Inside the cathedral …
* The organ …
A Bad Saeckingen town wall tower …
The Fuchshoehle – a beautiful old building with a delicatessen store run by friends of mine …
* Waiting for my plane at Zurich airport …
* Takeoff from Switzerland …
* A glimpse of the alps …
Over the wing …
Over the Sahara …
* Many colors …
* Many patterns …
* Back at home after crossing the continent (the long way) …
Day 14 – The wet weather did not stop me enjoying my day at the Zoo in Arth Goldau, Switzerland, which features many indigenous species. And on the evening of the same day I was invited by good friends to a superb dinner at their home. We started with pate de foie-gras de canard with brioche and Austrian red wine salt, followed by an Asian vichyssoise with five spices duck breast. As the main course we had thinly slices veal filets with port wine tomato cream sauce and lentil pancakes and we finished the meal with a rhubarb sorbet, rhubarb vanilla yoghurt timbale, chocolate covered strawberries on a strawberry coulis, accompanies by grand mangier and cherry amaretti. A night to remember!
Day 15 – My yearly visit to the Zoo in Basel, Switzerland, which is located in the center of town; this zoo is providing a beautiful oasis to relax.
Day 16 – On the way to meet more Swiss friends in Sempach, Switzerland, I stopped at the Schloss (Castle) Heidegg. It is a beautiful place in the middle of a vineyard with an amazing rose garden. The large collection of roses was started after a visit of Germany’s first post-war-chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, in 1951. He remarked during his visit at the castle, that a place as beautiful as this should have roses!
Good friends, who have recently visited me at Thanda, invited me for an evening at their home in Switzerland. Their house is one of the most spectacular and most unusual private places I have ever visited. It manages to be very modern, but very comfortable at the same time!
Day 17 – After a few days travel I now am back at my parents place in Germany. Heavy rains all day make me very envious (as we could use all this water at home in South Africa), but I enjoy sitting on the covered 🙂 terrace, having a drink and reading a book.
A few more exciting days in Europe. I visited the Zürich Zoo, I enjoyed Gregorian Vespers Chants and beautiful architecture at the Einsiedeln Abbey, I had more excellent lunches and dinners with friends and family, and I have visited my ‘2000-2007 home town’ of Zofingen in Switzerland over the weekend.
Enjoy the images – more to come!
Peacock @ Zurich Zoo
Egyptian Vulture @ Zurich Zoo
Peacock @ Zurich Zoo
Flora @ Zurich Zoo
Red Panda @ Zurich Zoo
Male Indian Lion @ Zurich Zoo
Masoala Rain Forest @ Zurich Zoo
Giant Day Gecko @ Zurich Zoo
Panther Chameleon @ Zurich Zoo
Scarlet Ibis @ Zurich Zoo
Black Madonna @ Einsiedeln Abbey
Flower shop decoration in Zofingen
Wedding Carriage in Zofingen
A ‘virtual FIFA football’ tournament – no corruption 🙂 at a mall near Zofingen