Back in Germany, final thoughts

After spending two days in the Krüger National Park, the last goal of our trip was pretty straightforward: get back home! Still, it was quite a drive from Phalaborwa to Johannesburg, and since it was the last day of Easter holidays we got stuck in a traffic jam. When we finally arrived in Joburg after […]

Krüger National Park

The Krüger National Park is one of the most famous places in the world to experience wildlife (here often referred to as “game”). Since everyone recommended us to go there, we had scheduled two full days for this activity. In the Krüger park, you can drive your own car, but the rules are strict. For […]


In the morning, we tried again to see some wildlife in the rivers of Santa Lucia and were finally successful. We found a group of about 8 hippos relaxing in the water. They didn’t show much more than their eyes, ears, and nostrils, but I would say that counts. To reach the next major stop, […]

a day of rest on the beach of Durban ….and Santa Lucia

While the first part of the trip focused on activities in the mountains, in the second we will try to experience the famous wildlife of South Africa, such as the “Big 5”. But first, we wanted to enjoy the sea and went to a nice beach in Durban. Durban We were a bit afraid of […]

Driving & Riding Downhill

When we arrived at the Sani Top Lodge yesterday, it was misty and dark. Today in the morning, all clouds had been blown away by the strong wind that woke us. Fighting against the wind, we hiked to the ridge from which we had a very nice view of the Sani valley. We could also […]

Kingdom of the Sky

Our goal today was to experience Lesotho – often referred to as Kingdom of the Sky. After a short drive from Clarens, we arrived at the border post. Luckily, the border officers didn’t cause any trouble, and relieved we entered the kingdom. Lesotho is a very poor country and we saw lots of farmers, shepherds, […]

National Parks

Today, we wanted to get a bit closer to the Drakensberg, in particular the magnificent Amphitheatre. We entered the Royal Natal National Park and followed the Tugela Gorge hiking path. As expected, it was completely different compared to yesterday’s trails, which were pretty much 100% rideable. Today, it was like in some of my previous […]

Drakensberg Mountains

Big ride! Today, we drove to All Out Adventures, who operate a network of MTB trails at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains. Kyriakos borrowed a bike and we started on the Berghouse loop, the most difficult trail there. The most memorable aspects were definitely the countless river crossings (we both had wet feet for […]

First day!

Hello! We were picked up by a shuttle from the place of the conference outside of Johannesburg and arrived in Johannesburg at 10 AM. We tried to rent a car but their IT system wouldn’t accept my credit card. We tried everything and nothing worked so I had to phone my credit card company to […]

Heia Safari

On Sunday I had a day off and went for my first muni ride in Africa. A smooth trail of 30 km in the beautiful nature close to “Heia Safari”. The ride was lots of fun, and the muni with its fat tire rolled over every bump effortlessly. Also, it was a good test for […]