The new year is first of all dedicated to further adventures in Southern Africa. At the last night of the old year almost everybody here in Mokopane went to an old grass overgrown sportsground on the edge of town. Very seldom Indians and Pakistanis and Blacks and Whites gather so volunteerily. Fireworks are forbidden everywhere in town, that’s why, but of course it made bang here and there anyway. Well, the people celebrated the turn of the year, some did a braai, they watched the lights at the sky and somehow soon they all went home again.
I take a rest at the moment for some weeks at my lovely host family Schröder, that is house sitting while they are absent. I take care of the three dogs Choki, Nora and Henry, the cat and the three chickens, the rooster and the turkey Kulu. It pleases me very well, just to be, to read, to dream. Highly recommended!

Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach

Recently I’ve been on the move for more than 5000 km from Cape Town back to Limpopo, exceptionally not by thumbing. Yolanda came over for 19 days from cold Europe and we’d haven’t seen so much without renting a car. Very comfy, much safer and I was happy again and again whenever we picked up other hitchhikers, more than thirty, just one white.
On the way to the southernmost point of Africa we didn’t see sharks, but sad penguins in Betty’s Bay. Already in Simonstown I didn’t feel joy while watching the densely packed colony next to all those rubbernecks. Once we wanted to rescue a turtle crossing the road, but it could seek shelter faster than we thought.

Begging Dassie

Begging Dassie

On the Garden Route we didn’t see many gardens, but it was very green along the mountain ranges. We visited my old friend Alexander on his very beautiful estate nearby Sedgefield. I am very curious about how he and his girl-friend Julia realize their project to build up an alternativ health centre there. We left the coastline towards Addo, in Cintsa and Coffee Bay we were back at the seaside, then we crossed the mountains and lovely Lesotho. Clarens is not really worth to see, but the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is gorgeous just a jump away.

Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma

A highlight was our safari in the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, one of the oldest nature reserves in Africa. More than 50 elephants and thirty rhinos were running around in front of our lenses all day long. Just exciting! Then antilopes and zebras in sight are not so special anymore. At the neverending beach in St. Lucia thousands of people had a party, nobody knew why this 16th of December is a national holiday. Police checked cars and confiscated alcohol, to have less drunken people in the public. Impossible! By the way, it seemed we were there at the Indian Ocean the only white guys. Often we had to pose for photographs. Later we got to know from Emilige and Uwe, that originally on that day the Boere won an important battle against the Zulus at the Blood River. So actually there is no reason to celebrate for the Zulus!?

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Last point of interest in the northeast of South Africa: The famous Blyde River Canyon. Green hills, too much artificial forest in file, but amazing views! Pity, that we could stay only two days in the region. Time was up for Yolanda. Some years back each of us was hosted already by the Schröders. Now we are back together; here in Mokopane our trip ended with comfortable days, a lot of chatting and learning about this country full of contrasts, distrust, beauty!

Lisbon Falls

Lisbon Falls

After the drop off of the little Hyundai at Johannesburg airport I enjoyed very much to put my thumb in the wind. I could have gone to Zambia with a truck, but finally I jumped out in Mokopane. Christmas spent in family with gifts giving, at the pool, in the pool. It is hot, cooling down is needed. In the next days I will move on, once more to Mpumalanga, and then I will hop over to the big island. Madagascar is calling!





Just beautiful!

Just beautiful!

World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere

World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere

Daily in sight at Mhara Game Lodge

Daily in sight at Mhara Game Lodge

Mother and kid

Mother and kid



Azenhas do Mar

Azenhas do Mar





BRN, Dresden-Neustadt

BRN, Dresden-Neustadt

Jay-Jay Johanson, Hotel de Ville, Paris

Jay-Jay Johanson, Hotel de Ville, Paris

FNAC Live, Paris

FNAC Live, Paris