Cheetahs – the Race for Survival

  They are smaller, smoother and sleeker than any other member of the big cat family. When you have a look at their aerodynamic body structure; extra-large heart and lungs, narrow waist, flexible spine, long legs and big muscles – it is clear this specimen was made for speed! But there’s a relevant question being asked by…

Portugal – the land at the end of Europe

 Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe; it became the kingdom in 1139 and its borders have barely changed since 1297 when the Spanish signed a treaty handing over the Algarve region to its neighbour. The country’s rich heritage, long history and medieval monuments are just the beginning of its treasures. Portugal is one of…

Costa Rica – The Land of Biodiversity

Costa Rica is considered one of the most valued environmental destinations globally with more than 25% of its territory dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. These are home to over 500,000 species, representing 5% of the total amount estimated worldwide. Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos, respond to almost everything with “pura vida” (“life…

Namibia – The Land of Endless Horizons

Being one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Namibia is home to the oldest desert and highest sand dunes, the deepest canyon in Africa and one of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. German occupation left some street names, Windhoek Oktoberfest and “ordnung muss sein” legacy, so you might get an…

Zimbabwe – The Land of Odds

  Zimbabwe is a strange country to me. The country, which not that long ago was experiencing the second largest hyperinflation in the world’s history, where unemployment rate shows around 90% (estimates  range from 4% to 95%, which is also weird) – but you can hardly see any signs of poverty. The country, where supermarkets …

View of The World

  Landscape consisting of granite rock formations, which balance on the surrounding hills. Herd of white rhinos strolling among huge boulders almost at one’s fingertips. One of the largest concentration of ancient rock paintings in southern Africa. Holy land inhabited by ancestral spirits. Cecil J. Rhodes’ final resting place. This is Matobo – one of…

In Search of Ophir

  Somewhere in the middle of an extensive plateau between the banks of two rivers – Zambezi and Limpopo in southeastern Zimbabwe, there is a little known, very old treasure. “Welcome to Great Zimbabwe, good people”, an energetic local tour guide gives us a charming smile as we enter the ruins of a once remarkable…

Uganda – I Still Haven’t Found what I’m Waiting for

 Potential visitors are being tempted with “Pearl of Africa”, ”the best climate on earth” and “the most friendly people you would ever meet” slogans. Source of the Nile, fascinating Murchison Falls, snow right on the equator and exceptionally rare mountain gorillas are used as a bargaining chip, too. Decades after civil war and brutal dictatorship,…