The hike on mount Karisimbi in Ruanda was the best outdoor experience I ever had. The walk was super exhausting because of all the mud…maybe not the best idea to do it in rainy season! The first day I was struggling a lot, but I wanted to reach the basecamp. And I did it 😀
After a night in a tent on 3500 m we startet at 5:30 am for the summit: Me, Deo and Fidel + a group of soldiers to protect us. The guys helped me a lot! Physically and mentally…and finally we reached the top of the volcano on 4500m! I was super happy, a bit proud and very grateful for the help, for this opportunity and for my healthy body that brought me on top of Karisimbi.
The African sun on my skin, a fresh breeze whirling my hair wildly, a view that takes my breath away: endless space, lush green, in between the red earth of Kenya, the blue and gray of the sky and everywhere you see these unbelievably beautiful creatures … zebras that somehow look unreal, as if someone had painted them … giraffes stretching their long necks to catch the best leaves … lions and cheetahs lying lazily under shady bushes … a leopard, well camouflaged in the crown of an acacia … many different antelopes and gazelles, jumping, grazing, relaxing … elephants, these gentle giants. I could watch them for hours. And suddenly everything makes sense … I feel the deepest peace, absolute happiness and an infinite freedom …
Today I show you the last part of Chobe National Parc – the amazing elephants! At any point of the journey I stopped counting because there were so many of these wonderful grey giants. It was simply wonderful to observe them at the water, playing in the mud or running across the savanna. Just on the way out of the parc we found a group of lions lying in the shade, with fat bellys that the could hardly breath…a few meters further we found the reason why: They killed a baby elephant…the vultures and marabous fighted for the left-overs. Sad but natural…
So many pictures from beautiful South Africa…let’s start with „in and around Capetown“, this wonderful city at the end of the African continent 😀
Happy new year from the top of Lion’s Head!
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens
For all vine lovers: visite the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch and taste their excellent Chardonnay
Cheetah Outreach in Strand
Helderberg, Somerset West
Table mountain via Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden