Swasiland

Swasiland is a tiny country in Southern Africa. We just wanted to drive through but we stayed four days. 
This women is drying mountain grass, which will be used to make hand made baskets. 

The house of the mad man.

KwaZulu-Natal

The Zulus are the largest tribe in South Africa. We stayed one night in a small village, called Siphezi, with a zulu family.                                        

Electricity is available for three years and must be prepaid.



It is common to trade goods in towns like this. Cash is rarely present.

 

Wild Coast

It took us two hours for 22 kilometers to drive from Coffee Bay to Mdumbi because of very bad unpaved roads. Hopefully the rental car company is not going to charge a lot for all the scratches ;) However, it was totally worth it. The area is the home of the Xhosa tribe - a peaceful place!!!

Addo National Elephant Park

Did you know that elephants are eating 16 hours a day and sleep while standing up? :)

Townships Knysna & Plettenberg Bay

Apparently the minimum wage for workers is about 3.000 Rand (ca. 200 Euro) per month. The living costs are quiet high in comparison to the income. Living costs are cheaper than in Austria and Germany but the difference of what they earn does not match. The government is building houses for workers who earn less than 3.000 Rand, in many areas mainly while election campaigns.

Driving along the Garden Route

On the way to Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route is beautiful in the diversity of landscape - very impressive! 

Rich is finally getting used to drive on the left side - was quiet a challenge :)

On a seemingly endless road we found this charming vintage café/store...

Wine yards, Stellenbosch

We had a nice wine tasting tour in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. We tried approx. 20 different wines, our winner is definitely the Chardonnay 2012 from Glenelly. In our opinion the white wines are better than the red ones. 

 
Every twenty minutes the workers of the wine-farm have to press the grapes to separate the juice from the skin and stalks.
 

Green Market Square

Center of Cape Town.

Visiting Cape of Good Hope



Baboons are wild and dangerous, don't feed them! ;) 
Funny to see that they are able to open car doors...



Cape Town

We are staying seven days in Cape Town. Visiting places like table mountain, waterfront, townships and many more.
Its an amazing city and a great experience!

Cullinan Township

We were planning a day-trip to Cullinan which is the city where the biggest diamond was found in 1905. After looking around and thinking of going home our host Lorraine was suggesting on showing us the townships cause one of her friends lives there. At first we were a little nervous but people were open and friendly and offered us beers. So we stayed till sunset. Very exciting for just the second day in south africa. 
Now we are off to Cape Town!

First days in the african bush

After arriving in Johannesburg Airport we drove by car to the N'kosi Sana Lodge far out in the bush. Three incredible days with a Safari Tour and a visit in Cullinan (Diamond City).

Leaving India

After spending three weeks in India, its hard to find the right words.
Leaving the country with many open questions...
Looking forward to be in Bangkok tomorrow evening. 

Kerala - God´s Own Country

Kerala is a state in south-west India.
We stayed a few days in Alleppey. Famous for it´s Backwaters, which are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900km of waterways, which are still used by the local people for transportation, fishing and agriculture.  
This women is trying to catch a fish at 7 o´clock in the morning with a bamboo stick.

The only way of communication and contact with the outside world is through the water. Most of the families have small canoes in which they go to the local market for buying food. Children go to school by boat.

Fort Kochi Beach

Chinese Fishing Nets in Fort Kochi

Tea Plantations in Munnar 

Agra - Taj Mahal

If you´ve been to Delhi -> Jaipur -> Agra means visiting the Golden Triangle of India.


                                             

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal in the northern indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Twenty thousand workers were needed and construction took over twenty-two years. 

It is told that they got the hands of the sculptors and architects cut off
so that they would never be able to build a monument as magnificent and beautiful as the Taj again.