Sea of Galilee

Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth

I dont always plan out all my holidays in detail in advance and my Israel trip was one of these. I didn’t have any specific plan of action once I arrived in Nazareth so when two strangers at the hostel mentioned a road trip to the North of Israel all around the Sea of Galilee I couldn’t think of one reason not to go. Going on a road trip with two … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth

Driving next to sheer cliffs through the scenic Chapman’s Peak.

While on holiday in the Western Cape of South Africa my brother and I took a day trip driving down the coast through Chapman’s Peak to Hout bay. We drove down the coast from Stellenbosch up to Fishoek and from there across the peninsula, through Chapman’s Peak all the way to Hout Bay. We got to drive next to the Indian Ocean on the south and … Continue reading Driving next to sheer cliffs through the scenic Chapman’s Peak.

White Tigers and mating tortoises at the Cango Wildlife Ranch

The Cango Wildlife Ranch is a wildlife ranch 3 km north of the town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa and about a. hour and half drive from Knysna. My brother and I drove from Knysna through the Outeniqua mountains to visit this ranch. We were quite surprised at the temperature difference as it was a lovely 26 degrees in Knysna and a boiling 37 degrees in Oudtshoorn. We read that … Continue reading White Tigers and mating tortoises at the Cango Wildlife Ranch

Driving through the Outeniqua mountain pass in South-Africa

The Outeniqua Pass is a mountain pass in the Western Cape of South Africa. It connects Knysna and the Garden Route coastal plain with Oudtshoorn. It was constructed between 1943 and 1951 and is characterized by gentle southern sleeps and steep drops on the north side down into the valleys. ‘Outeniqua’ is said to be derived from a Khoisan tribe that once lived in these mountains and means “they who bear honey”. Rock paintings from … Continue reading Driving through the Outeniqua mountain pass in South-Africa

Travel theme: Roads

This weeks Travel Theme is Roads. I went on a lovely road trip through the Western Cape in South-Africa and here are some shots that shows how drastically the scenery changed after driving just a couple of miles! Driving down the coast and next to the sand dunes of the Cape coast was amazing. Some places it looked like the beach wanted to take the road back!! Further … Continue reading Travel theme: Roads

A Traffic jam and a wildfire on our Road trip.

We had a 5 hour drive from Stellenbosch to Knysna through the Western Cape that Thursday morning. Just before we reached the town Albertina, about an hour and a half from Knysna we got stuck in a traffic jam. Hoping that the delay will not last too long we waited in line. After moving only about 1 km in an hour we eventually stopped moving. Everyone switched … Continue reading A Traffic jam and a wildfire on our Road trip.

Excursion through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna

It was a rare cloudy and cool Thursday in December and perfect for the 5 hour drive through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna. The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometers northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometers eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast in South-Africa.  Its been years since my brother or I have been in this area and we wanted … Continue reading Excursion through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna

Road Trip to see penguins at Betty’s Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in the Eastern Cape. My brother drove from Stellenbosch all the way along the coast to this small village. It was a lovely drive filled with stunning scenery!! Betty’s Bay is surrounded by the Harold Porter Nature Reserve thus covered with “fynbos” and other indigenous vegetation. Unfortunately summer time is quite dry here in the Western Cape … Continue reading Road Trip to see penguins at Betty’s Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Road Trip along the Eastern Cape Coast

On one of the lovely hot days this December my brother and I drove from Stellenbosch all along the coast down to Betty’s Bay. I rented a car for this road trip and the rental agency gave us a canary yellow little car. At least we couldn’t lose it in a huge parking lot!! While on this road trip I was once again reminded how beautiful South … Continue reading Road Trip along the Eastern Cape Coast

Hiking to Waterfalls and Elephant DNA Hyraxes in Israel

Someone told me and my 2 new traveling partners about a lovely walk in the Gholan heights so we decided to do it.  One of the first things we saw on our walk were the little Hyraxes who live all over the place. They are little animals found around the Golan Heights that share 90% of their DNA with elephants. They are actually quite ugly if you … Continue reading Hiking to Waterfalls and Elephant DNA Hyraxes in Israel

Susita,the City of Hippos in the Gholan Heights of Israel

Early Sunday morning, 1 of January the 3 of us headed up to Susita- an excavation site on the top of a mountain close by. We drove past a UN truck and along some more danger landmine signs all the way there. The city of Hippos, also known well as Susita, was founded on this hill overlooking the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee … Continue reading Susita,the City of Hippos in the Gholan Heights of Israel

Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 2

Driving up north to Nimrod Fortress we drove through the mist covered mountains. All along the side of the road were fences with “Danger, Landmines” signs covering them. We couldn’t see down into the valleys and coming around one bend we saw the castle perched on top of a mist covered mountain. It looked like something out of Lord of the Rings. Walking around the ruins of … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 2

Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1

In Nazareth I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn and there I met Pia a German girl looking for someone to rent a car with and drive up north in to the Golan Heights. I haven’t actually made any solid plans on what I wanted to do yet and a road trip in Israel sounded like loads of fun. We also met a polish guy at … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1