Against the background of the imperial endeavours of Great Britain and France, Germany’s colonial adventures started late. One of those liaisons, that even today sparks a yern to see distant places, is German South-West Africa, nowadays Namibia, where at the turn of the century diamonds got found. The story of that boom tells Kolmanskop; the once richest settlement of Africa existed only to wring the gem stones from the desert but is now an abandoned ghost town being reconquered by the sand of the Namib
A city in the middle of nowhere, being surrounded by millions of tons of desert sand and directly at the shore of the Atlantic. A city that braving the elements preserves the architectonic heritage of the Wilhelmine era and standing for world-class oysters. All that is Lüderitz, located at the ocean on Namibia’s west coast
In northern Namibia, between the giant Etosha salt pan and the border to Angola, countless bars and taverns shake hands along the roads connecting Oshakati, Oshikuku and Outapi. Most of them are a product of modern time, but some are a witness of a time period when former German South-West Africa struggled for independence as they served thousands of soldiers with booze and fun during South African Border War
Where Kunene River plunges some 40 metres down at the Epupa Falls and where it gently fondles southern Angola, there begins the land of the Himba tribe. Their homeland’s ruggedness and drought has a bizarre mysticism being likewise exotic as the nomad tribe that is living half naked but always adorned under the scorching African sun
Magic Kalahari, a land of contrasts – up in the north, where Okavango River seeps away, it can be as green and lush as it can be red brown and dry in the south. Being spread over several ten thousands of square kilometres it is home to one of the world’s largest game population. Due to game reserves and national parks humans are allowed to scratch at the surface to something that is a worldwide exceptional refuge for flora and fauna, for the smallest as well as for big cats.
Der schwarze Kontinent kann auf eine sehr weit zurück reichende Geschichte blicken, denn unter allen Erdteilen unseres Planeten ist Afrika am längsten vom Menschen besiedelt. Zeugnisse dessen sind die diversen Funde von Felsmalereien. Zwei dieser weltweit einmaligen Orte sind die Tsodilo Hills in Botswana und die Bergregion von Twyfelfontein in Namibias Damaraland. Beide Orte waren Stationen des Nomadenvolks der San und Khoikhoi, die heutzutage als Buschmänner bekannt sind. Ihre Felsmalereien und Gravuren überdauerten die Jahrtausende und sind heute ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Es heißt nicht umsonst „Es begann in Afrika…“
In March 2003 the city of Maun used to be a village, but now, 12 years later, it’s a town, even Botswana’s third largest town. Without interruption the sky above Okavango Delta, that locals refer to only as The Delta, gets cut by airplanes carrying hundreds of tourists that want to see what the Delta looks like from above. From time to time even jets mingle with the crowd of planes as African Maun even has an international airport; an opened and properly operating international airport, something that we Berliner’s can only dream of until 2018
While the whole world of social media laughed their asses off when Robert Mugabe fell – only a few people have a mere clue who that actually is and where Zimbabwe is located – I was on the ground to have a look at the mighty Victoria Falls of Zambezi River with my own eyes and not by the help of Google Earth & Co.
Southern Africa, the land between Sahara desert and the Cape of Good Hope, is a story written by water: sometimes it lacks and sometimes it is superabound. It is also the land where rivers disappear in deserts, drop some hundred metres deep or burst its banks, then vegetation literally runs into leafs making Africa being a paradise for its animals, that is unique predators, giant elephants and endless flocks of antelopes. The black continent is also a cradle of humanity. This photo dossier takes you onto a photo safari, into the virtual bush to meet the animals living in fields between Namib Naukluft and Krüger National Park and between Cape Agulhas, the Victoria Falls or the Serengeti
When travelling Botswana by car then kilometres pretty much pile up on the clock as many roads lead around the national parks. One of those national parks is the Makgadikgadi salt pans area in the northeast of the country. Coherently seen they are the largest of its kind on planet Earth. The rare minerals of the salt draw thousands of animals to see the pans. In particular when African spring changes into summer, when rainy seasons starts, then rhinos, giraffes and large flocks of Zebras make their way to those depressions where rain water gathers to feed lush vegetation and mighty baobab trees