Macedonia, June 2018

Jens back from Africa and I back from Asia and finally both in Europe again. We decided this summer to try something: Jens would check out the paragliding conditions (and obviously also fly) in Macedonia and I would work from there. An entire month. So no competitions this year. Jens left alone by car since he wanted to pass by Greifenburg and I would first visit some friends in Kosovo.
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Botswana, Zutshwa, April 2018

So this trip so far has been all Botswana. I started off in the Kalahari, went to Nxai Pan and the via Maun continued to Khwai in the Okavango Delta. Again via Maun I continued my way down to a place I’ve never been before.

Almost a year ago we came from Matopos National Park via Khama Rhino Reserve and went to Gaborone. I needed to get the radiator of my car fixed and afterwards we drove to the Kgalagadi. That wasn’t the best experience for us though and you can read here why not. But anyway, in Gaborone I got to know Joel, who’s also a photographer with a big heart for the bush, but not always enough time to get there. And so this time we decided to do a trip together to a rather wild area and for that we needed a tracker. Joel brought a friend of him, Gerald and on the way we picked up the tracker. That resulted in my car being packed up quite seriously… Continue reading →

Botswana, Khwai, March 2018

After the Kalahari and Nxai Pan, with a little stop to resupply and pay friends a visit, I left for the Okavango Delta. One of the most pretty places on earth. Khwai, next to Moremi Game Reserve is one of the few places in the Delta where you can still drive around in your own car. Besides that it’s truly filled with wildlife. I must say also more and more cars, which is a pity, but well…

It’s not unusual to see lions (lionesses in this case) in this area, but it is a bit more unusual to actually see them in full action. Since lions are mostly pretty lazy, for sure during the day.
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Botswana, Nxai Pan, March 2018

So, right after the Kalahari (you can read about that right here) I drove up to Nxai Pan. Not too much of a ride (in African terms) so I got there the same day. The sandy road from the gate to the pan, was not always easy to drive. You need to be focused and ready to react.

Nxai Pan is always worth going, if you ask me. Since it’s pretty small (again definitely African terms), you always see something. And due to the zebra migration I saw a lot of zebras this time. They even were served for breakfast here…
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Mexico, Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

Right after the last trip to Africa (and mostly to Mana Pools) we left for Mexico. A bit funny to meet each other again after two months on the airport of Amsterdam. And like in the movies we were both walking on these fast ‘treadmills’ in opposite directions when we suddenly saw each other.

Our flight to Mexico went pretty smooth, but passing customs was a nightmare. About three hours we waited in a line that seemed to have no ending. And when we finally got through it looked like our driver gave up waiting. Luckily it only seemed that way… So long after midnight (while we landed at 19:00) we finally arrived in Valle de Bravo, what would be our home for the next 7 weeks.
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Zimbabwe, Nov. 2017

So after the rain in October (you can read about that here), Mana Pools looked quite different as you can see in most of the pictures. More mud, more green, less animals although I had some nice sightings still. And as always I also go for the little things.

In the ablution for instance I found this little green snake. I was doing my laundry and the snake passed me by over the wall in front of me. Since my car was quite close, I ran back to get my camera.
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Zimbabwe, Oct. 2017

October started pretty different, since Sofie left and after more than a month traveling together, it does get to you. So I had to get used to being by myself again and getting back in my own rhythm. And in the beginning I did feel a bit lonely…

Nothing the bush can’t solve though! 😉 And luckily I’ve got quite some friends over there… Like Stretch, the Mana legend. When people ask him how I got his name, he answers: ‘I was born on a loooong weekend!’. First time I heard that I almost cried from laughing…
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