Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]
Ethiopia is familiar to many of us from messages of the terrible famine or from history mainly about Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Abyssinia. Less well known are, for example, the own faith community of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the geographically very different country and the tribes which lives very basic and similar as their ancestors did it long time ago. The pictures are all from south of Addis Ababa, the capital, mainly from people and their customs, birds and a few other animal species. The country may not be rich in large mammals, as we know it from Kenya or Tanzania, but very original and fascinating.
Botswana - nature paradise, endless Buschland, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Okavango Delta ... incredible wildlife and worth a visit at any time of the year. These pictures are from trips December 2013 and May 2014.
After a trip to Kenya and Tanzania in 2009, 2015 I visited the eastern part of the country. After a week of diving experiences on the coast near Mombasa I travelled a few days through the national parks of Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Despite, or maybe because of the small rainy season, there were especially many birds and, fortunately, numerous elephants, despite the increasing poaching activities in the region. In addition to the animal species mentioned above, large cats such as lion and cheetah could be observed, as well as many antelopes, giraffes and reptiles.
Madagascar, an island that could be a continent as well. The flora and fauna are unique and has developed thanks to the long isolation of the island from the African mainland. Madagascar is known primarily by the lemurs and the chameleons. However, the flora is also unique and worth to explore. The country is also unique when compared to its neighbors in southern Africa. Rice is grown on terraces, people look like they have some Asian blood. Unfortunately, this paradise is in acute danger.
Namibia, the formerly German colony, is basically a very dry country with fascinating landscapes. The Namib Desert, from where the name originates, is an endless desert with a feature of morning fog pulling inland from the coast. Through this constellation, there is life, not only small insects, also reptiles like the unique Namib Gecko [Pachydactylus rangei] or the desert chameleon [Chamaeleo namaquensis]. Other species occur in slightly wetter area, for example, the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra [Equus zebra hartmannae] or the Angolan Giraffe [Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis]. Besides the unique wildlife, concentrated to see in Etosha National Park, the culture of the Himba and San is worth to discover. With the simplest means these people have learned to defy the harsh conditions of their country.
South Africa - is considered as a good country for inexperienced explorers of Africa. This can be confirmed to the extent that the roads are in a relatively good condition, the infrastructure is expanded and the large mammals in the different national parks, especially in the Kruger, can often be observed. The country is, comparing to the European scale, huge and very diverse.
Tanzania is one of the most visited countries in East Africa. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro craters are world famous for their large numbers of wild animals, including the so-called Big Five: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and hippo. In addition to these five really impressive animals, there is much more to admire and to discover. Antelope species, large buffalo herds, zebras, a diverse bird life and beautiful, endlessly shining landscapes.
Uganda is a relatively unknown country with a cruel past. During the reign of Idi Amin the National Parks has been emptied and thousands of people got killed. The country has achieved after about 10 years of relative quiet great progress, but tourists are still the exception, the infrastructure is simple. The highlights on the tour were certainly the mountain gorillas in Bwindi, but also the countless hippos in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the trees climbing lions in Ishasha and the Uganda Kobs (probably inedible, it was life or thousands) of them are very impressive.
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