Chefchawen is a little village on the mountains not far from Tangier in Morocco, it is an absolute wonderful place, with magical landscapes, and there are 4 Cartiers in it:
I was advised to go there by my French dear friend Pascale, and I did and was so thankful, it is an absolute must see activities once you go there!!!
Tangier is fantastic, have the typical Moroccan style, with all the beautiful views over the sea and Ocean, as it is in the middle of the point where the Mediterranean and Atlantic are meeting,
Also in a clear day you can see in the horizon the land of Europe *Spain* from Africa *Morocco*
Tetouan is a great and there are no tourists that go to visit Morocco without the will of visiting Tetouan, there is the best Moroccan Souk ever in this city, we enjoyed the shopping there with all the magic of the Orient you can imagine, and we felt so safe, as Policemen were surrounding us all the time where ever we went!!!
Nakuru national park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987, when there were only two resident black rhinos. A further 16 were introduced from Solio Ranch, followed by four specimens brought from Nairobi national park in 1990. The first two white rhinos were introduced in the park from Lewa Downs. In 1995, a bigger group of 10 was brought from South Africa. Secure from poachers' attacks thanks to the electric fencing, the rhino population at Nakuru progresses positively and it is easy to find the white rhinos grazing on the clearings by the lake. The browser black rhinos feed on the bush and forest areas,
The largest of Ghana's National Parks with a size of 4840 square km.
Mole National Park is situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem.
Mole National Park is home to 93 mammalian species, 33 reptiles nine amphibians and an estimated 300 birds species.
Larabanga is situated in the north of Ghana 16 km west of Damongo and only about 2.5 km away of the Mole National Park.
This place is known for its ancient mosque.
It is a common believe that this mosque is the oldest mosque in Ghana.
Even the present generation think it was built by God.
The so-called "God built mosque" also houses a holy Koran which also is believed to descent from heaven.
This holy book is read once in a year or so during a special ceremony.
Marrakesh is the most amazing and exotic town I visited in Morocco. In 1975 I visited this town for the first time. I loved to stroll around in the souqs and at the Djemaa el Fna with its spectacle of streetvendors, musicians, snake charmers and acrobats. After 25 years I came back and felt the same enchanting atmosphere in the medina, the souqs and at the world famous square, Djemaa el Fna.
Marrakesh is founded in 1070 and was an important political, economical and cultural centre for a long period. It has several impressive monuments, dating from that period: the Koutoubia mosque, the kashbah, the battlements.
Other architectural jewels from later periods include the Bandia Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrassa and the Saadian Tombs. So it's no wonder, that Marrakesh is on the list of the World Heritage Sites.
For more information and pictures, have a look at my Marrakesh page.
Ait Ben Haddou, kashbah of the stars, is one of the most famous kashbahs of the Atlas Region. Much is rebuilt and restored, because the kashbah deserved many times as decor for movies like "Lawrence of Arabia". I disvovered this kashbah first at my fifth visit to Morocco. The Kashbah is nowadays an UNESCO World Heritage Site as ''striking example of the architecture of South Morocco''
The kashbah or ksar is a wonderfully looking fortified town, surrounded by high walls, reinforced by corner towers. The earthen houses crowd together within these walls. I loved it, to walk in the narrow alleys of the town with its unique atmosphere.
For more pictures and information have a look at my Ait Ben Haddou page.
The Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia is the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA.
From the several viewpoints along the edge you have breathtaking views at the canyon with its depth up to 550 M, width up to 27 KM and length of 160 KM.
At the most northern main viewpoint near Hobas you can start the 85 KM long backpacking trail to Ai-Ais of about 5 days. At this trail you have to cope with soft sand, boulders and extremely high temperatures. That's why the trail is only open during wintertime, from May till October. You need a permit for this trail. Reservations can be made at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, far before you intend to start your hike.
I only descended a bit the stairs at the starting point of the trail. More south we descended by bus to the bottom of the canyon, passing a lunar landscape, for a visit to the Ai-Ais hot springs. This is also the place, where the trail ends. Some hikers looked really bad, when they arrived here finally. Swimming in the outdoor swimming pool of Ai-Ais is really gorgeous to cool off. There is also a modern thermal hall, I didn't visit.
For more pictures and information about Namibia, like Etosha Park, the Quiver Tree Forest and more have a look at my Namibia page.
In January 2004 I crossed Nigeria, coming from Benin and going to Cameroon and Chad. Nigeria was the real discovery of my trip, because of the beautiful, friendly and proud people, I met everywhere in the country. They were always waving at us and welcoming us, sometimes even singing and dancing, when our truck crossed their towns and villages.
Nigeria is a rather unknown country with a bad reputation because of safety reasons and corruption. We luckily didn't encounter any problem, we could even pass roadblocks without paying any money.
We visited Abeokuta, known of its sacred Olumu rock, Abuja, the new built capital of Nigeria and Jos with its nice cooler climate. Jos has a fantastic "Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture", where you can see full-scale reproductions of all kind of buildings from many regions of Nigeria. So you can see the Kano Wall, the Palace of the Emir of Katsina, the Zaria Mosque and traditional houses.
For more pictures and information have a look at my Nigeria page.
The best way to visit the area of the Casamance River is by pirogue. The ecological environment is impressive, forming a labyrinth of creeks, islands, palmgroves, mangrove, swamps, forests and estuary vegetation. In the dry season there are also millions of migratory birds.
It's also nice to visit the local fishing villages at the islands and meet the friendly people. For their daily food they depend on the river with its fish, oysters, crabs and shrimps.
Beginning 80s there were the revolts of the " Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance'' . This caused safety problems to travel in this area. After the ceasefire of 1993 the area is rather safe again.
We visited also the beach. Here you don't find the large beach resorts, you would expect. There are nice campements in rural atmosphere with possibilities to attend workshops of drumming and dancing instead.
For more pictures and information have a look at my Senegal page.
The Greater St Lucia Wetlands are one of the world's greatest ecotourism destinations. This site, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest estuary system in Africa. It has also the southernmost extension of coral reefs on the African continent.
The ongoing fluvial, marine and aeolian porcesses have produced an extreme variety of landforms and interconnected ecosystems like coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, a mosaic of reed & papyurs wetlands, grasslands, forests, lakes and savanna.
There are nestling turtles, migration of whales, dolphins, abundant breeding colonies of pelicans, storks and herons.
During my boattrip at the estuary I saw also a lot of hipppos and some crocodiles.
St Lucia Resort is the main centre of the area with the KNNC offices, shops, boathire and other services. From here I visited also the nearby Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserve, the best reserve in South Africa with lions, elephants and lots of rhinos
The Drakensberg (meaning dragon mountains) or Quathlamba (Battlement of spears) in Zulu language is a mountaineous basalt escarpement of exceptional natural beauty. The high escarpment walls, the jagged peaks, steepsided river valleys and rocky gorges contribute to this beauty.
The area also contains many caves and rock shelters with the largest concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, made by the San people over a period of 4000 years. The rockpaintings are outstanding in quality and diversity, depicting animals and human beings. The area is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We visited the Royal Natal National Park, which has some of the Drakenberg's most dramatic and accessible scenery. The southern boundary of the park is formed by the Amphitheatre, an 8 KM stretch of cliffs. In the visitor's centre of the park near the maingate you can buy a booklet with a map and descriptions of the walks. We did the 6-hours ''Gorge'' walk, starting about 5 KM from the centre. We visited also the rockpaintings near the maingate, climbing up from the Sigbudu bridge.
Cape Town, dominated by the 1000 M high flat-topped Table Mountain, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You can visit the Table Mountain by cable car and enjoy the magnificient views at the city and surrounding ocean. You can make some fantastic walks.
Cape Town is a good base to visit the Peninsula south of the city. It's about 40 KM to reach the Cape of Good Hope, the southern tip of the African continent. Take the Chapman Peak's Drive of 10 KM along he coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It has great views and is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Cape of Good Hope Reserve protects the dramatic coastline of the south part of the peninsula and some of the best examples of fynbos, the dominant and unique vegetation in the Cape Floral Region. In 2004 the Cape Floral Region in the Cape Province with 8 protected areas, one of the richest areas for plants in the world, became an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a very small country between the borders of South Africa and Mozambique. We visited Manzini, a nice market town with a lifely market, and encountered the friendliness and hospitability of the people.
We stayed in the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a nice private reserve with several tracks for walking or cycling. The reserve has a nice scenery with a river and a lake. There are antelopes, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and hippos.
You can stay overnight in lovely beehives in the Beehive village. The beehive, a traditional Zulu hut, have plaited grass, round forms and a low entrance. It's special to sleep in this beautiful looking huts. From the huts we had a fantastic view at the plain in front with many antelopes.
For more pictures and information have a look at my Swaziland page.
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