Masai Mara – the adventure continues

Following on from the previous blog [https://alfredthumser.com/2017/09/17/masai-mara-kenya-day-1/], after lunch we headed towards the Mara river where we walked along the river bank accompanied, by a game ranger, observing hippo and crocodile sunbathing, while carcasses kept floating past. Fortunately, the crocodiles were on the opposite bank, apparently they know that tourists are coming and they prefer it a…

Windhoek – Swakopmund; Namibia 2016

Sunrise is at around 06:00 and I get out of bed a few minutes earlier in time to see the sun pop over the horizon, for me the most beautiful part of the day, so full of promise. The day brightens up very quickly at these latitudes and within an hour it is warm enough…

Namibia 2016: That cat & the first few days…

Slowly I descended down the stairs of the aircraft, breathing the heat-laden and dust-filled air of Namibia. Breathe in, this will do you good! Namibia is my favourite country: wonderful, welcoming people, desert country with lots to see for those of a discovering ilk, sunshine and “that” cat. Knaaters belongs to my sister and her…

Namibia & Botswana (2014; 1/2)

The intrigue and wildness of Botswana had infected us during our first visit to this beautiful country in 2012.  Thus, we planned a follow-up trip, again starting our adventure in Windhoek, Namibia.  A few days of downtime were planned, which gave time to acclimatise, do some bird watching, and plan and shop for our trip….

Sierra Leone – the second time around

A second deployment to the Port Loko, Sierra Leone, ETC commenced with an early morning flight on 13 December from Heathrow to Brussels and then on to Lungi Airport in Sierra Leone (ETC: Ebola Treatment Centre).  The airport was the usual chaos, with more queues than immigration officials and the luggage belt was a 5-deep…

Travelblog: Okavango delta, Botswana (2012)

Our trip started with a few days in Windhoek, Namibia, staying at Kapps Farm with my sister and her husband.  A few days were spent relaxing and getting ready for our first trip to Botswana, with a Range Rover on loan. Day one of the trip was a drive from Windhoek to Maun in Botswana, about…

Sierra Leone – a first visit to Port Loko

Friday morning was the first real working day and I had been allocated to the early shift, which started at 06:00 am.  Not a problem on my part, as I am an early bird, but it meant trying to get a few slices of toast and some coffee before getting the bus at 05:30 am….

Sierra Leone – the first few days

I’m not really sure how I decided to go to Sierra Leone, but the seeds were probably planted by an email I received from my lovely wife: “Can I please go to Sierra Leone to work in an Ebola lab?” My response was a simple “yes” – I was happy that she wanted to go,…