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Journey to the Altai mountains

Horses and other animals love since childhood with feelings for a wonderful place – the Altai could not be determined until there has not visited. In fact, immersion in the wilderness of this land was invigorating, like the icy water of the local rivers.

Travel on mountain Altai is already started when I came across a website, calling to make a tour along the unknown paths of the Altai.

Base, where we waited for the conductor, was located near the village of Chemal known fact that there is a hydroelectric power station, about an hour away — famous Teletska lakes, and even some caves nearby.

All these attractions our guide refused, saying that we will see “real” forest. And riding horses, consisting of three people we went to see taiga.

Get used to spend in the saddle for 6-7 hours a day would be difficult, if you are certainly not riding instructor. The habit of dashing to jump in the saddle I have developed only toward the end of the trip, but the first commandment of the conductor – “trust the horse”, I learned immediately. Because it is impossible to walk between huge boulders to climb on wet, slippery trail and down Continue reading

Freshwater fishing in East Africa

Victoria, Victoria Nyanza, Ukereoue — a lake in East Africa, located in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The lake lies at an altitude of 1134 meters above sea level. It is the second largest freshwater lake in the world after lake superior, the largest lake of Africa.

The lake was discovered in 1858 by Explorer John Henning Speke and was named after British Queen Victoria.

The lake area is 68 thousand sq. km, length from North to South-320 km, the greatest width from West to East — 275 km, Maximum depth — 80 m.

In lake Victoria empties into abundant river Kagera (considered to be the source of the Nile), and flows the Victoria Nile. The lake is navigable, the locals are engaged in fishing. North shore crosses the equator.

The main commercial fish, the dream of fishermen and the main predator of the lake is the Nile perch. The weight of individual instances of up to 140 kg and above, up to 1.5 meters. Lake Victoria — the perfect habitat for this fish. The perch is held mainly in areas with slow flows, shallow depths and in the backwaters, overgrown plants.

Victoria — a lake in East Africa, in Tanzania,Kenya Continue reading

Tickets to Switzerland

Sunny meadows and crystal clear lakes, picturesque rivers and snowy peaks on the horizon – tickets to Switzerland are starting to pay off already at the moment when the plane was landing, and the spirit rapidly captures the beauty of local nature. It quickly becomes clear that with the same ease of this small Western European country has managed to shock the visitors by the thoughtfulness of the urban environment, stunning architecture, good museums and is rich in culinary delights of the national cuisine. Tourists come here with a kind of idyllic picture in my mind that during the trip, only complemented by new shades of impressions, with absolutely no changes at all in fact: Switzerland is most similar to the fairy Kingdom, which Alps and the Jura mountains reliably protect from all the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

What to see and do in Switzerland

In this country, divided into Autonomous cantons with their own laws and Constitution, intertwine the best German, Italian and French national characteristics. A small area has not prevented the proud and freedom-loving Switzerland, skillfully using its advantageous Continue reading

The Pink lake Retba

Everyone wants to visit the unique lake of enchanting colours!

Amazing colors and charming water pumps entirely covering a two-kilometer coastline, Pink lake or lake Retba, is the way it is called in the language of the people Wolof, the largest ethnic group of Senegal.

This Senegalese lake boats are only used for salt production. What today is called the lake Retba was once a lagoon. But the Atlantic surf gradually Deposit a sand, and in the end duct that connected the lagoon and the ocean were covered. For a long time, Retba remained unremarkable salt lake.

But in the 70-ies of the last century, Senegal was hit by a series of droughts, the heavily shoaled Retba and salt production, a thick layer lying on the bottom, became quite profitable. Then the water in the lake got a pink hue due to the microorganisms capable of surviving in saturated salt solution. Besides them, the other organic life in Retba not – for algae, not to mention the fish, this concentration of salt is harmful. She’s here almost one and a half times higher than in the Dead sea – three hundred and eighty grams per liter!

Now people are working and standing shoulder-deep in water, to twenty years ago in Rose lake did not swim, and went – water was to the waist. But getting Continue reading

The Lake is a killer

Mohammed Musa Abdullahi woke up Saturday morning sick and sluggish. The day before he fell ill and lay down right in the school building. Abdulahi went to the house and suddenly noticed that the streets of his village, in North-West Cameroon, frightening silence reigns. Roads and yards of Soboma were littered with corpses. People were lying as if dead on the go or in the middle of a conversation with a neighbor. Killing all dogs, all the cattle, the trees fell dead birds and insects.

So on August 21, 1986 in the village on the shores of lake Nyos killed 11 family members Abdulahi and 1,700 of his countrymen. He survived because he was in a locked office, in a school built on a hill.

The lake before the disaster

The lake after the crash

Nyos is a lake of extraordinary beauty – surrounded by mostly cultivated fields, picturesque rocks and green hills. Pearl-gray surface serenely calm, but deep continuously is the accumulation of explosive forces. Nyos is a crater of a once active volcano, after the eruption of which five centuries ago on the bottom left igneous plug. It is cooled and compressed under water pressure. Such lakes around the world are many, but only two are able Continue reading

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