Africa

Wild and mysterious, Africa has landscapes that can’t be found anywhere else. African landscapes vibrate with energy generated by savannahs, lush jungles, spectacular waterfalls, and the icing on the cake, the exceptional fauna. This very old continent gives us the feeling of going back to the roots of the Earth’s history! And for animal lovers, no dream is as strong as taking a 4×4 safari in the African savannah where the grass is adorned with golden reflections when the sunlight gets shiny… Discover the countries I have visited:

Walvis Bay: Rendezvous with Desert and Ocean

Walvis Bay: Rendezvous with Desert and Ocean

Located 22 miles from Swakopmund, the city of Walvis Bay (pronounced « vahl-fis bay ») is a rather unusual place. Travelers often hesitate to visit this small industrial port town, which is often covered by fog. However, it is an essential break in the journey along...

The Mysterious Skeleton Coast, and Cape Cross’ Fur Seals

The Mysterious Skeleton Coast, and Cape Cross’ Fur Seals

After a long day driving through desert landscapes, we finally reach the ocean.  Stunning waves of sand dunes undulate as far as the eye can see along the Atlantic Ocean. Here we are on the Skeleton Coast, the northern part of the Atlantic Coast of Namibia stretching...

The Petrified Forest and Rock Carvings of Twyfelfontein

The Petrified Forest and Rock Carvings of Twyfelfontein

Let's continue « Travelling Through The Wild Side » to the reggae music of Namibian musician Ras Sheehama and discover Damaraland, through its art and geology... « Travelling through the wilderness / I keep on travelling and travelling… / Through the wilderness »...

Epupa Falls: rendezvous in Himba land

Epupa Falls: rendezvous in Himba land

Kaokoland - translate as “distant land” - is a region unlike any other. A former Namibian Bantustan, Kaokoland is located in the Kunene region in northwestern Namibia. The term Bantustan was first used in the late 1940s and is derived from Bandu word for “People.” The...

Etosha National Park : A journey to the Animal Kingdom

Etosha National Park : A journey to the Animal Kingdom

For most people, African fauna consists of felines or the famous “Big Five”-- the five African animals that all travelers dream of seeing and photographing. The expression “Big Five” does not refer to the animals of Africa that are the largest in stature, but big-game...

In the heart of the Etosha National Park wildness

In the heart of the Etosha National Park wildness

Namibia's animals consist of many species: 200 mammals, 645 birds, 250 reptiles, and more than 6,300 different insects. One-quarter of these are endemic to Namibia... It is also no secret that Etosha National Park is the best place to observe Namibian fauna,...

A glimpse of Etosha National Park

A glimpse of Etosha National Park

Namibia is a marvel for all those seeking distant new horizons... It is unthinkable to go to Namibia without going on a safari! Etosha National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and one of the best places to observe abundant wildlife roaming...

Lake Otjikoto, a lake that digs its own hole!

Lake Otjikoto, a lake that digs its own hole!

How did lake Otjikoto develop? Only 110 yards from the main road, Route B1, to Etosha National Park, there is an expanse of turquoise water well hidden from sight behind gigantic fig trees and euphorbia. Lake Otjikoto, located in Namibia’s Oshikoto region about 12...

Waterberg Plateau Park !

Waterberg Plateau Park !

What is Waterberg Plateau Park ? The Waterberg is a vast plateau of red rock 42 miles south-east of Otjiwarongo and about 186 miles northeast of Namibia's capital, Windhoek. The mountain owes its name to the springs surfacing on its lower slopes and its lush...

Objective Dune !

Objective Dune !

Molo Kunjani, That’s how we say it in Xhosa ! Before the last part of our journey, we turn to the Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape province, 494 miles North of Cape Town and 560 miles South of Johannesburg. The Park was established in 1966 and covers...

The Power of Flowers…

The Power of Flowers…

Sanibonani, Kunjani ? That’s how we say it in Swati ! Welcome to the West Coast National Park, located 75 miles North of Cape Town. It covers 106 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and the R27 from the town of Yzerfontein in the South and up to the azure blue...

A piece of Cape !

A piece of Cape !

Anibonani, Ninjani ? That’s how we say it in Zulu! We continue our journey by discovering the smallest of South Africa's 20 National Parks... the Bontebok National Park, covering an area of just 10.76 square miles. The park is part of the Cape Floristic Region, a...

The Cry of the Ostrich

The Cry of the Ostrich

Totsiens, Hoe gaan dit ? That’s how we say it in Afrikaans ! Between oceans, mountains, deserts, and flowers, prosperous cities and townships, the Republic of South Africa is a nation made up of the colors of the rainbow. The vineyards and beaches of the Cape, the...

From Hell to Heaven…

From Hell to Heaven…

Todo fish? (Are you ok?) Sta fish (Everything is fine) Although the official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, it is only heard in government offices and on the radio or television. The actual spoken language is Creole or rather "Creoles," since each island has...

All Roads lead to Rum…

All Roads lead to Rum…

Bom dia ! Mindelo is a must for all hikers attracted to the legendary beauty of the island of Santo Antão. This vast island, 300 square miles in size, is sparsely populated (just over 48 000 inhabitants) and the westernmost and largest of the Barlavento Islands of...

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Portrait of C-Ludik What prompt us to leave a comfy home behind and travel, if not the stories or the images that tell the tale of an elsewhere we, too, would like to discover ? Have you noticed how some books, movies or even songs fill you with the urge to pack and join the characters, sceneries and moods they conjure up ? It is more or less conscious, sometimes a guilty pleasure but the choice of a destination is often whispered by a novel’s hero, a movie’s shot or a guitar tune… Before taking you to the 4 corners of the world, here is a quote from a famous, albeit fictionnal, traveller: "it is a dangerous business, going out of your door ; you step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to".

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