Waterfalls and Views Sipi Falls, Uganda

There are travelers who like buses, there are travelers who take buses to save money, and then there’s us. We’d love to save money but after more than a year of traveling, we just don’t have the stamina and patience for long bus rides anymore. How to get to Sipi Falls The nice lady at our…

Mountain of the Sun Jebel Shams, Oman

Jebel Shams, the “mountain of the sun” is, with over 3000 meters above sea level, Oman’s highest mountain. Right next to it, cutting through the mountains, is Wadi Ghul, creating what is known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. Up the mountain The highest peak is military area and access is therefore restricted. It’s possible…

A Rare Sight Mt Cook / Aoraki, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook / Aoraki, is usually hidden in clouds. Everyone, including the Lonely Planet, told us not to get our hopes up and be prepared for clouds. Driving to Mt Cook Practically since the day we arrived on the South Island, we observed the weather forecast for Mt Cook and it…

The Icing on the (Carrot) Cake Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Another must-do in New Zealand, apart from a visit to a glow worm cave, (and to the west coast), is a cruise on Milford Sound. Getting to Milford Sound Although Milford Sound is the most accessible sound in the South Island’s Fiordlands,  it’s still a long way from anywhere. The drive from the closest town,…

The Glacier or What’s Left of It Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Matheson, Haast Pass. South Island, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier on the South Island’s west coast is about 12 km long. Once, it reached the Tasman sea; today, it finishes about 19 km from the ocean. Franz Josef Glacier It’s more than 10’000 years ago that the glacier reached the ocean. It’s not so long ago however, when the viewing point, that…

Hiker’s Highway Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise. With hikes from five minutes to five (or more) days, there’s something for everybody. One of the most well-known day hikes is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, an almost 20km hike across volcanic terrain.  It’s so popular, that in summer up to 1000 people a day walk the track. If…

Mighty Marum & Big Benbow One volcano, two lava lakes. Ambrym, Vanuatu

A few months ago, on a Maya pyramid in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, we met Sam Cossman, a young guy from the States who had done a crazy thing: Dressed in a special suit he descended into the crater of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mt Marum on the island of…

From the City to the Mountains Australia: Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Contrary to what many people all over the world think, Sydney is not the capital of Australia. Nope. But it’s Australia’s most populous and probably the country’s best known city. Who hasn’t heard about Sydney and seen pictures of the iconic Opera House? Postcard pictures however, only show you one side of the story. We…

Wilpena Pound: A Matter of Perspective Flinders Ranges, South Australia

There are places that look much better from the air  than from the ground. One of these places is Ikara/Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. The pound looks like a (oval) crater but has not been formed by the impact of a meteor or anything the like, it’s form is totally natural. On images…

West MacDonnell Ranges: Gorgeous Gorges Northern Territory, Australia

Stretching east and west of Alice Springs, the MacDonnell Ranges are a series of mountains with spectacular scenery, gorges and gaps, and diverse flora and fauna. West of Alice Springs, a road leads along the mountain range and to some of the gorges. An unsealed road then continues all the way to Kings Canyon. Gosses Bluff At…

Arfak Mountains: A Bird’s Paradise West Papua, Indonesia

Situated on the east of West Papua’s Vogelkop, the Arfak Mountains are the habitat of some of the world’s most unique and astonishing birds: birds-of-paradise. Only few people live in the Arfak Mountains and just a handful of tourist guides offer tours and accommodation in the Arfak region. One of them is Hans Mandacan, a…

Kinabalu: A Walk in the Park Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Pristine rainforest still exists in Borneo, for example in Kinabalu National Park. The park encompasses Mt Kinabalu, the island’s highest peak and a popular destination for hikers from all over the world. In order to climb Mt Kinabalu during high season in July and August however, it’s necessary to book a spot months in advance…