Travel Diaries

Guest farms in Namibia

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/13/2021 - 12:46

When the first tour description reached us and I read the term guest farm, I first thought of a vacation on the farm and was not exactly thrilled. But the consultant from Umfulana was quickly able to convince me that the farms are an important part of Namibia and that it is absolutely worth living there.

We planned overnight stays on three guest farms and first visited the Immenhof near Omaruru. The farm has been owned by the Seydlitz family since 1913 and has been operated as a guest farm for several years.


Klein-Aus-Vista in the Namib Desert

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 14:24
Today I once looked into the travel diary of Namibia and came across the entry about the Klein – Aus – Vista – Eagels Nest Chalets. Good memories awoke e.g. from one of the most beautiful accommodations we have ever had. We had booked this trip through the Umfulana travel agency. Already in the travel documents the accommodation was very nicely described as follows: "Where the Huib Plateau rises from the Namib desert emerges lonely and alone the lodge, whose few stone houses and eagle nests are built in the granite rocks". Our very high expectations were exceeded.

Leatherback turtles at night

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 15:01

The first time I visited Africa, my expectations were not very high. The descriptions about watching the animals in the parks always seemed a bit exaggerated to me. But just 10 minutes after we passed the Krugernational Park entrance gate, everything changed. A huge elephant crossed the street. Only a few minutes later we saw the first giraffes. By the time we got to our overnight camp, we had seen a lot of animals and were absolutely thrilled.


Argentina, not just tango

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:22

Argentina is certainly one of the longing countries. Many immediately think of the tango, the sun and Patagonia with its high mountains and its everlasting wind. Our first destination was the Valdes peninsula.

Getting there was a bit of an effort. Flight from Buenos Aires to Trelew, further by taxi to Puerto Madryn and a rental car to Puerto Piramides.


Visiting penguins in New Zealand

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:28
The sticker on my travel diary shows how important the protection of the penguins is in New Zealand. This sign was also found in large on New Zealand's roadsides. When we planned the trip it was clear that we would also try to see the different types of penguins in New Zealand. On the second day on the South Island, we started our first attempt from Christchurch and made our way to the coast.

With the rental car through South Korea

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 12/22/2019 - 15:13

When we were planning our trip through South Korea in 2016, it quickly became clear that some of our desired destinations were best reached by car. The decision to take a rental car was easy for us - we already knew illegible traffic signs thanks to our car tour through Japan and after all, in Korea you turn right. So two cars were booked for Jeju Island and the South Korean mainland.


Dinner at the Shinkansen

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:25

The express trains in Japan (Shinkansen) are fast, but you still spend some time on the train on the long routes. The rows of seats are laid out like in an airplane - but you have significantly more legroom. Someone regularly comes through the wagons and offers food and drinks. It is popular to stock up on provisions at the train station. There are corresponding stores that offer, for example, a large selection of bentoboxes (see Fig. 1). A bentobox is a box with several compartments, in which different dishes can be found.


By train from Sapporo (Hokkaido) to Tokyo (Honshu)

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:57

Travelling by train in Japan is really fun. As a tourist you have the opportunity to buy a credit for the Japan Rail Pass outside of Japan. In Japan, the Rail Pass will be issued. Now you can drive as much and as far with the Japan Railway as you want. Other lines cost extra.