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News June/July 2015              (Senga Bay/Malawi, 7/31/2015)
 
Website statistics:   'Webalizer' has been shut down definitively in February 2013. 'Logaholic' is the current counter.
                        'Logaholic' shows now the following figures in July 2015: xx'xxx visits / xx'xxx pages
                                  'Google-Analytics' showed xx'xxx pageviews during May. The visitors come from 233 countries!
                    ('Logaholic' April = 18'638 visits / 92'602 pages; March = 19'421 visits / 92'743 pages)
                        ('Google-Analytics': April = 20'387 pageviews / March = 19'866 pageviews)
                                  Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits ('Webalizer')
 
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Brief introduction since "News" May 31, 2015 because we didn't publish any "News" in June :
- May 31st: Letlhakane/Botswana, shortly after our wonderful visit to "Kubu Island" with the baobabs
- June 8th: Departure from Botswana after 24 days = 704 miles [1'133km] = 33½ driving hours, afterwards entry into
   Zimbabwe at Plumtree (= country #51)
- June 24th: Meeting with a traveler friend from 1991, Bettina in Marondera/Zimbabwe
- July 3rd: Second coincidental reencounter of our traveler friends Eddi & Gisela at Chimanimani/Zimbabwe
- July 6th: Departure from Zimbabwe after 28 days = 893 miles [1'437km] = 41½ driving hours, afterwards entry into
   Mozambique at Espungabeira, our 182nd country on our epic journey
- July 17th: Visit of Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique, one of the big reservoir dams of the world
- July 20th: Departure from Mozambique after 14 days = 836 miles [1'346km] = 36½ driving hours, afterwards entry into
   Malawi at Dedza (= country #50)
 
As we noted at 'Google Analytics' the numbers of visitors on our website decreased steadily during the last months. This
results certainly on one side from the general trend of decline of website visitors, but on the other side also because we
couldn't anymore bring online new picture sites since March 27th, i.e. since Namibia. We really would like to apologize for
this phenomenon, but the main reason lies with "Africa": Rarely wireless; the mobile net is pretty expensive and works often
only with 2G procedure (slow to very slow); inappropriate camping sites to check the pictures "shot", to select and to process
them. Currently there are 5'565 photos from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and
Malawi waiting to be handled and its captions to be elaborated. Everything is exacerbated by the limited tourist residence
permits (visas) of the various countries, as we don't want to sit always in front of the laptop but would like explore also the
places of interest.
 
Arriving in Mozambique we reached the "real black" Africa, where nothing is granted like a westerner might would wish or
expect. Strictly speaking, the first signs appeared already in eastern Zimbabwe. But also in the countries that are influenced
more by South Africa (e.g. the South African Customs Union), the situation isn't anymore the same as it was between
October 30th, 1991, and November 2nd, 1992, when we visited them for the first time. But where don't changes occur?
However we have to admit that we see also progresses (specifically for us are ATM/cash terminals, internet, road conditions,
abolishing money declarations and its black market rates). Unfortunately it seems that all these progresses are rendered void
immediately due to the explosions of the overpopulation not to talk about the ruthless exploitation of the nature.Who ever
might be guilty for it is an issue that bothers nearly all of the African travelers.
 
                                                                     Malawi/Senga Bay: On the
 
 
Our future itinerary looks now more or less as follows: Northwards within Malawi to cross about mid-August over to
Tanzania (= country #46). Country #49 Zambia isn't likely to be visited anymore, but Kenya (= #45) will follow if we don't
choose the "western version" via Uganda (= #44). But then it's time for our next new country, number 183: Either it will be
Ethiopia or South Sudan, whereas the latter might have (still) no chance.
 

New Reports/Pictures
 
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South Africa
1 Report
 
(Jan.-April 2015)
 
 
3rd Major Repair
of our LandCruiser (due to two broken side shafts)
 
South Africa/Clanwilliam: Once more a broken side shaft
Angola
2 Picture Galleries
1 Report
 
(Sept.-Oct. 2014)
Angola/Leba Pass: 6'053 ft. high pass between Lubango and Namibe
 
Part 1: September 26th to October 4th, 2014
 
Part 2: October 4th to 22nd, 2014
 
30th Anniversary of being on the road
Namibia
2 Picture Galleries
 
(July-Sept. 2014)
(Oct. 2014-Jan. 2015)
 
Namibia Part 1: from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
 
Namibia Part 2: :from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
Namibia/Walvis Bay: Dune No. 7
Cape Verde
1 Picture Report
6 Picture Galleries
 
(Nov. 2013-May 2014)
Cape Verde: Girl from Praia
Island of Santiago (Report)
Island of Fogo
Island of Brava
Island of São Nicolau
Island of São Vicente
Island of Santo Antão Part 1 Eastern Side
Island of Santo Antão Part 2 Western side
Transnistria
Picture Gallery
 
(Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, 2013)
 
Transnistria: Lenin in front of the parliament building
Moldova
Picture Gallery
 
(Aug. 21/22, 2013)
(Sept. 1 - 4, 2013)
Moldova: Trebujeni - a typical Moldovan village near Orheiul Vechi
 
Ukraine
Picture Gallery
 
(Aug. 17 - 21, 2013)
(Sept. 4 - 22, 2013)
 
Ukraine: Roksolany along Dniestr-Liman: The churches with its 'golden' domes can be seen everywhere
Abkhazia
Picture Gallery
 
(Aug. 5 - 13, 2013)
Abkhazia: Pebble beach of Sukhumi
 
Nagorno-Karabakh
Picture Gallery
 
(July 9 - 17, 2013)
 
Nagorno-Karabakh/Stepanakert: The Monument 'Tatik u Papik'
Armenia
2 Picture Galleries
 
(July 2 - 9, 2013)
(July 17 - 22, 2013)
Armenia: Haghpat Monastery near Alaverdi in the North
Armenia part 1
(from the Georgia border at Bagratashen
to the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris)
 
Armenia part 2
(from the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris
to the Georgia border near Gyumri)
Azerbaijan
Picture Gallery
 
(June 13 - 24, 2013)
Azerbaijan: Baku: Flame Towers
Georgia
3 Picture Galleries
 
(June 4 - 13, 2013)
(June 24 - July 2, 2013)
(July 22 - Aug. 5, 2013)
(Aug. 13 - 15, 2013)
Georgia: Mtskheta and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Georgia part 1
(from the Turkish border at Sarpi
to the Azerbaijani border near Lagodekhi)
Georgia part 2
(Tbilisi + from the Armenian border at Ninotsminda
via Kazbegi, Kutaisi to Zugdidi before Svaneti)
Georgia part 3
(Svaneti + Ferry to the Ukraine)
Turkey
Picture Gallery
 
(May 28, - June 4, 2013)
(Esendere-Hakkari-Van-
Dogubayazit-Kars-Ardahan-Hopa)
Turkey/Southeast-Anatolia: Kurdish Village Soguksu with Volcano Tendürek
Iran
3 Picture Galleries
 
(May 2013)
Iran: Picture of Ayatollah Khomeini in the Nasir-al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz
Iran part 1
(Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad)
Iran part 2
(Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan)
Iran part 3
(Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh)
Oman
5 Picture Galleries
 
(Jan. 28, - March 29, 2013)
Part 2: Sohar-Muskat-Rustaq-Nizwa
Part 3: Sur-East Coast-Isl.of Masirah-Dhofar
Part 4: South: Salalah & Srndg. (Dhofar)-Nizwa
Part 5: Western Hajar Mountains
Oman/Musandam: View to the bay Khor an-Najd, southeast of Khasab
2nd Rejuvenation
Picture Gallery
 
(Bodywork: Aug.-Oct. 2012)

Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia: Dismantling the roof rack on the occasion of the second "rejuvenation"

 
Report of the second overhaul of 
our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
- the East Malaysian province
on the island of Borneo
Réunion
3 Picture Galleries
 
(Dec. 2011 - May 2012)
(Saint-Denis & surroundings-West Coast-Salazie-
La Paix-North Coast-Takamaka-Dos d'Âne)
Réunion part 2
(Les Makes-La Fenêtre-Saint Louis-East Coast-
The Volcano-Grande Anse)
Réunion part 3
Cilaos-Grande Anse-Le Maïdo-Saint Pierre
Réunion: View from Cap Noir/Dos d'Âne (near La Possession) into the Cirque de Mafate
Madagascar
4 Picture Reports
 
(Sept.  - Dec. 2011)
Madagascar/Morondava: 27 years 'on the road', here in the 'Allée des Baobabs'
Madagascar part 1
(Tamatave-Andasibe-Antananarivo-Miandrivazo)
Madagascar part 2
(Miandrivazo-Morondava-Antsirabe-Fianar-Ambalavao)
Madagascar part 3
(Ambalavao-Isalo N.P.-Tuléar-Ranomafana)
Madagascar part 4
(Antananarivo-Ankadibe-Manambato-Foulpointe-Tamatave)
Mauritius
3 Picture Reports
 
(July - Sept. 2011)
Mauritius 1             (with car)
 
Mauritius 2                (with car)
 
Rodrigues Island    (without car)
Mauritius: Typical steep mountains rising from the sugar cane fields
Sri Lanka
3 Picture Reports
 
(March - May 2011)
Sri Lanka/Dambulla: Buddha in the Golden Temple resp. Cave Temple
Sri Lank part 1
Sri Lank part 2
Sri Lank part 3
United Arab Emirates
3 Picture Galleries:  (with car)
(Nov. 20th, 2012 to Apr. 29th 2013)
1 Picture Gallery:  (w/o car)
(Feb. 19th, to 27th, 2011)
1 Picture Report  (with car)
(February - May 1999)
UAE: 3rd Visit part 3   (with car)
UAE: 3rd Visit part 2   (with car)
UAE: 3rd Visit part 1   (with car)
UAE: 2nd Visit (Dubai-Sharjah) (without car)
UAE: 1st Visit   (with car)
United Arab Emirates: Souk of Sharjah
Yemen
3 Picture Reports (w/o car)
(Feb. 9th, to 19th, 2011)
 
1 Picture Galleriy  (with car)
(May-June 1996)
Dicksam Plateau/Socotra Island/Yemen: Forest of Dragon Blood Trees
Island of Socotra East      (w/o car)
Island of Socotra South    (w/o car)
Island of Socotra West     (w/o car)
 
Pictures from Yemen Trip (with car)
Papua New Guinea
5 Picture Reports
 
(Aug.  - Oct. 2010)
1) Milne Bay - (Port Moresby)
                - Mt. Hagen - Lae
2) Mt.Hagen Cultural Show 8/13-15/2010
3) Lae – Madang – Goroka
4) Goroka Cultural Show 9/17-19/2010
5) Goroka - Mt. Hagen - Kumul Pass
                - Mt. Hagen - Goroka - Lae
Mount Hagen/Papua New Guinea: Huli Wigman from the Southern Highlands at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show 2010
Indonesia 2010
3 Picture Reports
 
(March  - June 2010)
Medan/Sumatra/Indonesia: Indonesian Serenity
 
North Sumatra  Report  (March-April 2010)
West-Sumatra  Report    (May-June 2010)
Southern Sumatra  Report    (June 2010)
 
Tonga
Picture Report
 
(Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010)
Tongatapu Island Nuku'alofa/Tongatapu/Tonga: Royal Palace
French Polynesia
3 Picture Reports
 
(Aug. -Oct.  2009)
Tahiti/French Polynesia: One type of Tahiti's main flower with many names - Frangipani, Plumeria, Tiare
Tahiti 1st part  Picture Report  (Aug.-Sept. 2009)
Tahiti 2nd part Picture Report  (Oct. 2009)
Moorea Picture Report   (Sept. 2009)
Cook Islands (without car)
Picture Gallery
 
(Aug. 2009)
Rarotonga Island Cook Islands/Rarotonga: Beauty from the South Pacific
American Samoa
Picture Gallery
 
(July 2009)
American Samoa: View from Pago Pago towards the 1'718ft. high Rainmaker Mountain (Pioa Mountain)
Samoa
4 Picture Reports:
 
(April-June 2009)
Island of Upolu: 1st part
Island of Upolu: 2nd part
Independence Day  June 1st, 2009
Island of Savaii
Apia/Samoa: Coat of Arms of Samoa in front of the Government Office Building
Fiji
3 Picture Galleries:
 
(Jan.-March 2009)
Suva/Fiji: Guard at the Parliament House
1st part: Island of Viti Levu (Jan.+Febr. 2009)
2nd part: Island of Vanua Levu (March 2009)
3rd part: Island of Taveuni (March 2009)
Vanuatu
2 Picture Galleries:
 
(1st visit: July 2008)
(2nd visit: Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009)
Vanuatu 1st visit (without car)
 
Vanuatu 2nd visit (with car)
Vanuatu: Boeing 737-800 of Air Vanuatu at the airport of Port Vila
New Caledonia
3 Picture Galleries:
 
(Aug.-Oct. 2008)
New Caledonia: Nouméa and the St. Joseph Cathedral
1st part: Grand Terre: Nouméa + South (Aug.2008)
2nd part: Grand Terre: North #1 (Aug.+Sept. 2008)
3rd part: Grand Terre: North #2 (Sept.+Oct. 2008)
New Zealand
6 Picture Galleries:
 
(South Island: Febr.-May 2008)
(North Island: May-July 2008)
1st part: South Island (Febr.+March 2008)
2nd part: South Island (March 2008)
3rd part: South Island (April 2008)
4th part: South to North Island (May 2008)
5th part: North Island (May+June 2008)
6th part: North Island (June+July 2008)
New Zealand: South Island - typically
Philippines
1 Picture Gallery:
3 Picture Reports:
(1st visit: Febr. 2008)
(2nd visit: Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011)

Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

Philippines 1st visit (without car Febr. 2008)
 
Philippines 2nd visit (with car):
Luzon (South)-Mindoro-Panay  (Nov.-Dec. 2010)
Negros-Cebu  (Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011)
Bohol-Luzon (South)  (Jan. 2011)
Taiwan
3 Picture Reports:
 
(Oct.- Nov. 2007)
 
1st part: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung
2nd part: Taitung-Southern Cross-
Island Hwy-Siraya NSA (Zengwun Reservoir)-Alishan-Sun Moon Lake -Taroko-Suao-
Hualien Hwy-Taipei
3rd part: Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung/Taiwan: God of War at Lotus Pond
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
2 Picture Reports:
 
(May 2007)

Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

 
 
Exclave of Oecussi
 
Mainland
Indonesia 2006/07
1 Report + 6 Picture Galleries:
(Sumatra-Java: Sept.-Dec. 2006)
(Bali: Jan.-March 2007)
(Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores: April 2007)
(Sumba, West Timor: May+June 2007)
(Sulawesi:June+July 2007)
(Tana Toraja (-Land): June+July 2007)
(Kalimantan: July 2007)
 
Sumatra-Java    (= Report)
Bali
Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores
Sumba, West Timor
Sulawesi
Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land)
Kalimantan
Ke'te Kesu near Rantepao/Sulawesi/Indonesia: Traditional Toraja village
Brunei
Picture Report
 
(Sept. 2006)
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
 
Borneo
3 Picture Reports:
(Sarawak: 1st visit: June-Aug. 2006)
(Sabah: Oct. 2006)
(Sarawak: 2nd visit: Nov. 2006)
Picture Gallery:
(Borneo-Trip: Sept.-Nov. 2006)
 
Sarawak part 1 Northeast (Miri)
Sabah
Sarawak part 2 South (Kuching)
Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak, Kalimantan)
Sepilok near Sandakan/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
1st Rejuvenation
Picture Report
 
(Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006)
(Transmission: Sept. 2007)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Overhaul of our LandCruiser in 'Full Swing'

 
Report of the first overhaul of 
our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
- the East Malaysian province
on the island of Borneo
Myanmar (South) (without car)
Picture Report
 
(May 2006)
 
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
 
Thailand
2 Picture Galleries:
 
(1st visit: Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(2nd visit: Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(3rd visit: Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines

People, Beaches, Nature

Laos
Picture Report
 
(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

Vietnam
Picture Report
 
(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field
Cambodia
Picture Report
 
(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

Malaysia (West)
Picture Report
 
(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
(May 2006)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far
Singapore
Picture Gallery
 
(September 2005)

Singapore: Merlion - the Land- and Trademark of the Lion City

Macao   (without car)
Picture Gallery
 
(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

 
 
 
 
Hong Kong
2 Picture Galleries:
 
(1st visit: September 2005)
(2nd visit: Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008)

 

 
 
Hong Kong 1st visit (without car)
 
Hong Kong 2nd visit (with car)
Hong Kong: From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
The visit of 6 countries with and 1 island without our LandCruiser Middle East
The visit of 10 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Southeast Asia
The visit of 4 countries with and 1 islandl without our LandCruiser Indian Ocean
The visit of 4 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Far East
The visit of 14 Pacific Islands with and 1 without our LandCruiser

Pacific (Febr. 2008-Jan. 2010 + Aug.-Sept. 2010)

The visit of 13 Caribbean Islands with our LandCruiser

Caribbean (June 2003-Dec. 2004)

+ added from the United Arab Emirates:

Fairytale Wedding in Dubai   (March 1999)

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas  (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
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On June 10th, 2009, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 163 countries the car's
400'000th Mile - in a beautiful landscape in the West of the island of Savaii/Samoa.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN"

 

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