BAJA CALIFORNIA – MEXICO

The horizon just was out of place.

Although it seemed perfectly calm in the distance, for the whole week I had the feeling that the water was a giant wave waiting to collapse over the land.

On the other side were the mountains – very green despite the desert climate.

It was the rainy season and yet until the end of our trip the weather stayed hot and dry. A hurricane was approaching as we were leaving Baja California, but thankfully we escaped the storm on time.



When the tropical storms or hurricanes arrive, the rainwater gathers in the otherwise dry and empty river beds that descend from the mountains. But most of the time you won’t even see a drop of water.

As everywhere in Mexico, the distances are long and the best plan is to rent a car from the airport. Mr. Jonas surprised me with a Fiat 500, a very romantic choice.
The first destination was Todos Santos (yes, All Saints)


The real Mexico is far from the typical Hollywood cliches.

However, Todos Santos does match them to some extent: the desert, lots of cacti, happy and noisy local guys, gringos…

 Most bars and restaurants close around 9 and the nights are usually very quiet.

It’s perfect for stargazing because the town is small and there’s no light pollution. The Tropic of Cancer is very close to Todos Santos. Google Sky Maps is an interesting app that shows you the constellations around.

The town was founded in the 18th century by missionaries. Most of the buildings are quite old, many of them have been converted into hotels, but still maintain the traditional style of the past – huge gardens with tropical flowers and palm trees, fountains, exotic birds …


Todos Santos is a few miles away from the beach, so we hopped in our cute Fiat.

There’s so few people living in Baja California and almost no tourists (especially if you compare it to the rest of the Mexican beach resorts), and on the other hand there are so many beaches around. 


You won’t see any ugly hotels or restaurants, and especially if you enjoy big waves or surfing – this is the perfect place for you 🙂

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK- WHERE HUMANS ARE JUST VISITORS 

It was indescribable.
So this is what the Earth looked like 20 000 years ago?

Hot subtropical weather, a 100% humidity and lush vegetation – I could totally live there! (at least until a giant spider decides to take a nap on my face).
The moment you open the door, there would be at least one animal waiting in front of your cottage. Hopefully a giraffe or a zebra or an impala. 
During our first day in Kruger we decided to go out for a walk and right in front of the cottage, there was a friendly giraffe having a nice snack.
One night a group of zebras came to the guesthouse to say hi – there was a waterhole right next to the lobby. The zebras had some water and posed for a while.
There was a warning sign at the entrance – apparently leopards also like to rest on their trees from time to time but that’s pretty rare.
A lot of people ask me if it’s dangerous to go on a safari – I would say it’s not, the most likely bad thing that could happen to you is getting a heat stroke if you don’t take care of yourself.
So if you really love nature and animals, Kruger Park is your place.


It’s the home of about 12,000 rhinoceros, 2000 leopards, 12,000 elephants, 3000 lions and 27,000 African buffalos – and these are just statistics for the Big 5. 
There are organized game drives, walking safaris and self-drives. The gravel roads are pretty good, so you’ll be fine even if you’re not driving a 4×4. Obviously you would see the most animals on an organized game drive but Mr. Jonas (our amateur ranger) did extremely well with a map and a pair of binoculars.
Other activities include close animal encounters, riding elephants or flying around the park on an ultra light plane.