Entries from 'car'

the road to the Fish River Canyon

Let’s just say: It was a very long one. Even though we broke the 1000+ km trip up into several parts, we spent a lot of hours in the car. And I spent a lot of hours on the back seat, exploring my entire repertoire of songs and entertaining the little one while outside the…

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Through the West African Forest

For a potential project, I travelled to Abidjan and embarked on a journey through the last remaining part of the Upper Guinean Forest in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia. It was quite an adventure and we spent endless days on bumpy roads while exploring the Tai–Grebo–Sapo region. The sheer size of the trees and plants…

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maputo for beginners

We’ve been to Maputo before and sort of went around the city during our last trip, but of course that doesn’t mean that there were no new things to discover this time. There are some really nice colonial and art deco buildings dotted all over Maputo. The grand old Polana Hotel was impressive and we…

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only in South Africa…

For a quick weekend trip we went across the border to Groot Marico. And even though it is much closer than most places in Botswana, it is a different country indeed. On Saturday, they held a little street market on the main street and we peeped into a couple of local shops and a working…

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in and out of the pan

From Gweta, we went further into the salt pans for an overnight trip. This trip turned out to be a little more adventurous than we had planned and it included a broken down car, a hike through the bush, a bumpy ride in an ancient car which came to our rescue, followed by a frantic…

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rush hour

Gabs city is growing and so is traffic. There is a lot of road construction going on, which means that sometimes you will spend a lot of time in the car, waiting for traffic to move very slowly around one of the detours. These days, even the road along Old Naledi is jammed, and the…

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monkey business

There are cheeky baboons living on Kgale Hill. They like to come to the office buildings and rummage through the bins or simply scaring people. Their favorite spot seems to be the car park, where they sit around or climb on the sunroofs, and jump over walls when someone comes close. It’s quite a sight…

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roadside scenes

Some pictures from the way home to Gabs, taken from the car. Vast grassland and wide, open skies. Next to the road, some cattle and spread-out villages. Rising hills in the distance, empty land. Just across the border, but a different country indeed.

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a little video of our trip to Mozambique

I finally managed to upload this little fim from our roadtrip through Mozambique.We drove through Maputo, took the ferry to Catembe and then made our way through the sand and dunes to Punta do Ouro on the coast. The town of Punta do Ouro is really built on sand – no roads there! The long…

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trip planning

I really want to go to the beach and so we decided it’s time for another trip!In March, we are planning to go for a week-long holiday to Mozambique and the Elephant Coast, where they say there are pretty beaches, fresh seafood and green landscapes….I’ll find out if they are right and report back. But…

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Baby you can drive my car

Soon after arriving in Gabs it became clear that I will need a car in order to get around. And so my favorite man took me to his trusted Sri-Lankan car dealer in the dusty suburb of Mogoditshane where we inspected a number of ‘freshly arrived’ cars from Japan. And even though the offer was…

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