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  • Trek to Ala-Kul lake in Karakol Kyrgyzstan

    The highlight of our visit to Kyrgyzstan was definitely the trek to Ala-Kul, a turquoise lake which lies at an altitude of approximately 3.500m. It was something we had really looked forward to, so I’ll gladly share with you the planning, gear & the trek itself.

    I was advised by local people to use a guide for the trek, keeping in mind our safety and that we knew little of multiple day trekking, we used the services of Visit Karakol to get us there & back. We had also contacted other companies, to check whether the requested price was competitive, but we always […]

  • Reizen Waes 12-12 in Noord-Oeganda. Interview met Tom Waes

    This post is in Dutch, it’s about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and other countries in the world – a Belgian TV show ‘Reizen Waes’ had a look inside the largest refugee camp in the world, Bidibidi.

    “Hongersnood 12-12” is een nationale oproep van het Consortium 12-12, bestaande uit Caritas International, Handicap International, Dokters van de Wereld, Oxfam Solidariteit, Plan België en UNICEF België. De organisaties bundelen hun krachten voor deze actie, in solidariteit met de bijna 20 miljoen slachtoffers van de ergste humanitaire crisis sinds 1945.

    Belgische tv-maker Tom Waes, bekend van onder meer Tomtesterom, Wauters vs Waes, Het […]

  • Camping in Kyrgyzstan and I need your help!

    If you haven’t heard much about Kyrgyzstan, I honestly couldn’t blame you.

    In a nuthsell, the country has 5,7 mio inhabitants and is landlocked between China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. More than 80% of the entire country is covered by  the mountainous  regio of Tian Shan and it looks stunning.

    Together with 3 other travel-enthusiasts, we’ve rented a 4WD from a local company  (there aren’t any other options) and our plan is to drive eastbound for 500km to Karakol, a route which will take us along the Issyk-Kul Lake with stops in places such as Skazka valley (red rock canyon), valley of flowers, Bokonbayevo and Chong-Ak-Suu (big white river). We […]

  • Paje beach in Zanzibar

    Together with fellow-blogger Vetexbart, we decided to go on an adventure and ended up on a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania. Cheap flights out of Luxemburg gave us an opportunity to visit Zanzibar, even if it were just for a little while. Originally our plan was to spend 4 days at our destination, which included visiting Stone Town & relaxing at Paje beach, however one of our flights was cancelled due to technical issues and we ended up spending 24 hours  in Munich before continuing our journey. Three good things came of this: the Leonardo Royal hotel is a hotel I’d […]

  • Weekend in Bucharest

    Bucharest took me by surprise, I had a somewhat negative perception of the city before actually visiting, and was amazed to see what an enjoyable place it actually is. Communist era meets Art Nouveau buildings, clean streets, friendly people (except for the security guy at the hotel) with an entrepreneurial spirit and some cozy places for dining such as Naan, “welness cuisine” & Simbio, the latter is a must-do for breakfast or brunch (weekends from 10 to 18h). I was able to have breakfast outside, early March, +15°C…

    Also nice if you want to do some walking around or shopping, there’s a […]

  • Travelling through Namibia: highlights, itinerary & route

    I just returned from a 10-day journey through Namibia during which I drove nearly 3.000 kilometers by car, which was quite an adventure.

    When I booked this trip, I was looking for a country in Africa, which doesn’t get that many tourist, so a bit more off the beaten path, & where I could enjoy temperatures of +25°C. Namibia seemed like a perfect fit.

    Note that I’ve added some links to posts with lots of photos from this trip, click on them to open a new tab and check how picture-perfect these places really are.

    I flew from Brussels to Madrid on Iberia, continued […]

  • Namibia Sossusvlei

    Namibia Sossusvlei Namib-Naukluft National Park Sunrise

    You need to enter the park in Sesriem, ideally you should arrive at sunrise, that’s when the gates open. From the gate it’s another 50km to the 2×4 parking and a few more kilometers to the 4×4 parking. My car got stuck in the sand so after about an hour (and a token of my appreciation) the local guides helped me out.

    Big Daddy is one of the highest sand dunes in the world, on average 350m high. Because I had gotten stuck, I was one of the last to start climbing the dunes, but it […]

  • Moon Mountain Lodge Solitaire in Namibia

     

    Between Solitaire & Sossusvlei, the entrance to Namib-Naukluft National Park is another 55km from the Lodge. Perfect scenery for a spectacular sunset. (twice.)

    I stayed in an “Executive Suite” which featured a sun deck, private pool and a bathroom that was separated from the bedroom which meant having to go outside during the night. Perhaps that’s not something I would recommend, but other than that, definitely consider this place for your trip to Namibia.