African Adventure Part 2

From Namibia to South Africa


(This is a long one. Approximately the longest blogpost ever... Grab a coffee!!)

After two weeks of roadtrip through Namibia we cross the border at Noordoewer/ Vioolsdrift and our next adventure starts. We are on our way to see elephants, lions, peguins and the incredible landscape of the western cape in South Africa.

We cross the Northern Cape with a camping-stop in Springbok. In Clanwilliam we spend the night between endless vineyards in a camping resort and then journey on to Calitzdorp near Oudtshoorn, where we rest in a lovely little cottage in the Red Stone Hills. Unfortunately we don't have (good) pictures from our Cango Caves Adventure Tour - it was definitely a highlight crawling through the caves deep down under!!

Next destination:
the Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth.

We are staying for 4 days at the main rest camp inside the park and take part on a guided sunset- and sunrise-drive (early at five in the morning). Our guide explains a lot about every species and how to find them.

Later the day we drive through the park with our own car.
We search for elephants, zebras and kudus, and even spot some lions and a herd of buffalos. Some animals visit us at the campsite - even a snake!!
(Next time we meet ask me about the snake Chris spottet right beside our car!!!)

The pictures of the birds and monkeys are taken at "birds of eden" and "monkeyland" in Plettenberg Bay.

Now we are heading towards the Garden Route.

We drive past Port Elizabeth, where a heavy thunderstorm keeps us away from stopping, then visit the Storm River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park for a few days and the next stop is Plettenberg Bay!

Our plan was to camp at the Tsitsi, but it's all wet and still a bit stormy, so we decide to book a tiny forest hut for two nights - our cosy little home with an incredible surrounding. We hike to a waterfall the next day and explore the magical landscape, accompanied by the sound of the ocean and a breath of fresh air!

As I am a big fan of giraffes, we book a private game drive at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve - and we get so much more! A fantastic guide who explains a lot; a vast, beautiful Private Game and so many animals we didn't expect to see - like hyenas, cheetahs, crocodiles and even a white rhino.

Next stops:
the Ebb-n-Flow Restcamp in Wilderness, two nights in Hermanus and a stopover in Betty's Bay - until we head to the Cape Peninsula & Cape Town!

The Restcamp is very popular and highly frequented by caravan vacationists. We get to know a nice couple from Hermanus, who even offer their kayaks to us, so that we are able to paddle along the river during a most fabulous sunset. On our way to Hermanus a few days later we take some extra miles and plan a photo stop at Cape Agulhas, the most southern point of Africa. Just because.

In Hermanus we check in at the Backpackers - a double bed! wifi! - and explore the cliffs and the beautiful city. So sad that we are out of Whale-Watching-Season.

And on our way to Cape Town we take the long road via Betty's Bay (thanks for the hint, Hannes & Farina!), to visit the penguins!! Unfortunately I am not allowed to take one with us, these tiny little guys are too funny!

we are coming to Cape Town.

Before we return our car, we want to camp one last time and find a spacious campsite in Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula. The perfect spot for some day trips to explore the surrounding like Simon's Town, Chapman's Peak and the Cape of Good Hope.
Just our two cents: last one is wayyyyy to crowded and overrated. Been there: check. But all the other places are amazing and really worth travelling.

It's the 12th of february and we have to return our car at the airport. On our way we get to see all the different facets of urban living - from township to noble mansions you can find everything in Cape Town.

Back in town we check in at our hostel "Zebra Crossing". A nice hostel, excellent located, but with a slightly little cockroach problem. Three nights, and I'm suffering from the most horrible nightmares about monsters under our bed. Anyways, we get along...

But "mother city" spoils us with all her great places, good restaurants and food markets, incredible nature just around the corner and the most beautiful views from signal hill, lion's head and table mountain! We rather enjoy the last days than taking pictures, meet old and new friends, hike up the Lion's Head and relish a great photoshoot with "Mister & Misses Do" Hannes and Farina!
(Love love love the pictures! Credits for the last ten pics - after our Selfie- go to them! Check out their amazing work at

And then it's over. 4 weeks. 4600 km. 160 GB. The big 5. Two countries. One Love. TRAVEL.

African Adventure Part 1

From Namibia to South Africa


Yayyy, january! This means: it's travel time again. But where to next? Our bucket list is neverending...

We decide to visit the african continent. 4 weeks, 2 travellers, a 4x4 car and a roof tent. From Windhoek to Cape Town. So i buy a roadmap and two guidebooks for each country and start to mark all the places we want to visit on the map. And our route takes shape. 

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After 10 hours of flight we finally arrive in Windhoek. Sandra gives us a warm welcome and we enjoy the first day at her house and her amazing garden. In the evening we go for a short walk through Windhoek and visit Joe's Beerhouse for Dinner (highly recommended)!

The next day we pick up our car at Asco Car Hire and the roadtrip is about to start!
Off to Sossusvlei, camping in the desert. Endless sand hills and bizarre dead trees are waiting for us. We climb the dunes, walk through the desert, admire the conserved trees and the enormous canyon - and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and -rises...

After a few days we continue our roadtrip.
Wild Zebras and Oryx cross our way, we drive for hours and hours without seeing any trees, only rocks and stones... 

Next stop: Lüderitz. Sounds german. And due to the colonization in the late 19th century there is in fact a big german influence everywhere in Namibia. We walk around the small city, enjoy the great view from our hostel with new friends, take a deep breath at the oceanside and count seals and flamingos at the Diaz Point.
Our personal highlight: Kolmanskop, a ghost town in the desert.

The next stops are Klein-Aus and the Roadhouse at Fish River Canyon. We spend the nights at "campsites", but often it feels like being alone in the wild...
It's strictly forbidden to camp wild in Namibia and South Africa. And I think I don't have to explain the advantage of running water, a flush lavatory and sometimes even an electric connector for the small refrigerator box in our car.

In Klein-Aus there is nothing but silence, wide open space, breathtaking views, unbelievable sunsets and a crystal clear night sky.  Above our heads there is a giant bird's nest in the tree, and we get a lot of entertainment by those tiny but really cheeky birds!

The roadhouse looks a bit trashy and seems not to fit into the namibian desert. But it's quite interesting to discover all the oldtimers the owner collected over the years, and besides they serve the best chocolate cake!! It's located close to the Fish River Canyon, which we explore the next day.

Time flies and we say Goodbye to Namibia and cross the border at Noordoewer/ Vioolsdrif. Ready to continue our adventure in another country - hello South Africa! 

COMING SOON:   elephants & cockroaches, a forbidding coastline and the most southern tip of africa.

A little change...

                  -  from now on I will write some blogposts in english... Especially the travel stories.

Why? Because I think, that all of you who are reading my blogposts understand english very well, and that some friends from all over the world now have the possibility to understand, what I am talking about, too. 

So let's see, if I paid enough attention at school during english lessons.

But that's not the only thing that will change this year. Some new gear just moved in, new social media accounts will have to be filled with content (are you on snapchat yet? Let's be friends, my account: verena.anne) and lots of ideas will come alive! 

First of all I'll give you a little update of my "What's-in-your-camerabag"-blogpost.
Those of you, who met me last year on a wedding already know, that since I have my new camera strap I look a bit like a female John Wayne . But: carrying two camera bodies with my "holdfast money maker" is way more relaxing for my back and for being honest - also pretty cool, am I right? ;)

As you know that "I am Nikon", I shoot with my D800E and a D750. There are tons of advantages why to shoot with two bodies. First and most important one: having two different focal lengths at the same time. 
Besides new camera equipment a MacbookPro moved in. I'm getting used to it, we get along :D
And with it some new programs for editing pictures and movies, some filters like Mastin Lab and VSCO etc. 

So you see, I am prepared for the wedding season - can't wait to start!

Next saturday will be the first one. And I will go without my camera. What? Why? Because I am the maid of honour/ the marriage witness! And I am really looking forward to my new job!

End of the Year - 2015

Wahnsinn, das Jahr ist um. Einfach so. Ein fantastisches, großartiges Jahr!!

Ich bin Tante geworden. Gleich zweimal!!

Wir haben die Welt erkundet. Und werden es weiter tun. Die Flüge sind gebucht,
Afrika und Thailand, wir kommen!

Wir sind gesund geblieben. Obwohl wir maximal ungesund leben.
( ob das je was wird mit dem Gemüse...)

Zu wenig Sport gemacht, aber dafür unglaublich viel gelacht.

Zu viel Geld ausgegeben, aber uns immer darüber gefreut.

Ob sich das nächstes Jahr ändert? Wahrscheinlich nicht.
Und deshalb wird es mindestens genauso fantastisch!

Wir sehen uns 2016!

Roma / Italy

Die Liebe zur ewigen Stadt

Rom ist für mich irgendwie ein kleines bißchen Heimat. 
Allein der Blick vom Flugzeug aus über die Stadt macht mich ganz kribbelig und nervös, und so  muss ich mindestens alle paar Jahre einmal  hin, um zu schauen, ob noch alles steht.

Ob meine Lieblings-Eisdiele noch existiert, die ich als AuPair wöchentlich besucht habe. Ob Leon immer noch am Piazza Navona zeichnet. Ob ich die Metrostationen der Linie B noch auswendig kann. Und wie weit mein Italienisch mittlerweile eingerostet ist. 

Also los – die Cousine im Schlepptau, ihr die Stadt zeigen, kurz gucken. Ganz spontan - montags entschieden, den Montag darauf schon los. Via AirB’n‘b finden wir kurzfristig eine schöne, klimatisierte und preisgünstige Unterkunft, die uns für 2 Nächte beherbergen soll. Nicht ganz zentral, aber das Busliniennetz in Rom ist gut aufgestellt. Man weiß eben nur nicht immer so ganz genau, ob und wann der nächste Bus fährt. Auch die Haltestellen werden nicht immer angezeigt, so dass wir des öfteren „nach Gefühl“ aussteigen, und entweder etwas zu früh oder schon etwas zu weit gefahren sind. Macht nix. Stadtplan raus, loslaufen. 

Der Petersdom, der Ausblick über das Forum Romanum, einmal um’s  Kollosseum,  abends Cocktails am  Campo de Fiori. Man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts.  Am zweiten Tag Schlendern durch Trastevere, einmal über die Tiberinsel  (unbedingt bei Sora Lella ein Eis mitnehmen!), einfach das Stadtleben aufsaugen.  Keine Lust auf Sehenswürdigkeiten-Abhaken, sondern einfach das Gefühl und die Atmosphäre der Stadt mitnehmen.

Rom ist im August zwar sehr voll und touristisch (die meisten Römer selbst fliehen zu der Zeit nach Sardinien oder zumindest bis Ostia), und trotzdem lohnt sich der Besuch. Wem die Hitze nicht allzu viel ausmacht und wer gut zu Fuß ist, der kann die Stadt für sich erobern. Die vielen Trinkwasserbrunnen laden zum Abkühlen und Ausruhen ein, außerdem kann man jedes Mal die Trinkflasche auffüllen.

Die besten Pizzerien? Die, die sich in den Seitengassen zu den Hauptplätzen befinden. Halb so teuer, netteres Personal, weniger Straßenhändler und Künstler, die sich einem aufdrängen. !Guardaaaa!! Nein, beim Essen haben wir lieber mal unsere Ruhe. Soweit das geht.
Und dann setzt sich ein niederländisches Paar mit ihrem Sohn im Teenager-Alter neben uns, wir kommen zufällig ins Gespräch. Und hören gar nicht mehr auf zu Quatschen. Teilen uns noch eine Karaffe Rotwein, erzählen von unseren Reisen. Es wird immer dunkler, aber kaum kühler, und wir wollen gar nicht mehr weg… 

Ci vediamo, a presto, Roma!