Stingy Nomads are back to South Africa after 2 months in Namibia and Botswana! Not for long time just to do a couple of cool things around Cape Town like diving, hiking and surfing. In a month or so we’ll rolling again somewhere in the world. We have many plans and ideas especially in hiking field and hopefully we’ll be able to accomplish them this year. Our new entries on Namibia are ready and more are still to come so we’ll be happy to hear your opinion, ideas or questions on them!
After some doubts and thinking we decided to give it a go and traveled to Caprivi region in the North East of Namibia. And we are quite happy about our decision! Caprivi is an amazing wetland area with lots of wild life. Here we saw many elephants and hippos both from very close. Now we’re thinking of going to Chobe National park in Botswana and to Victoria Falls since we’re just 100km away from both.
We are still in Namibia, it’s been 4 weeks Stingy Nomads follow their tradition and travel slow through the country. We’ve crossed Namibia from the extreme South (Fishriver canyon) to the extreme North (Epupa falls), we’ve seen giant sand dunes, thousands of flamingos and seals, drove through Etosha National park, met the Himba people, visited the biggest meteorite in the world and followed 200 000 year old dinosaurus footprints! We’re busy writing and updating our entries soon you’ll be able to read about all these amazing things!
Three weeks of the Honeymoon went quite quick! We’re in Namibia driving through the desert, exploring ghost towns, running up and down the dunes and enjoying the sun. Now we’re in a nice beach town Swakopmund with its famous Dune 7 nearby. We are trying to keep the website up to date with our travel. You can follow our trip on Facebook where we post a video blog every second/third day.
All wedding craziness is over! We had a great party with our friends and families on Saturday 21 Jan! It’s time to travel again! This time a road trip along the West coast of South Africa to Namibia. We are currently in Langebaan taking kite surfing lessons, stocking up for the trip and thinking about the future…. If you want to be up to date with our trip follow our Facebook page we do our video blog regular.
Stingy Nomads getting married! Guys, we’re about to launch to our biggest adventure so far, marriage. We’re very excited making the last arrangements before the Big Day and in between working on our blog. Alya enjoyed her Kitchen Tea last weekend, Campbell survived his bachelor party on Saturday. And by the way today on 15th Jan is our anniversary 3 years since we met in the Philippines!
We’re enjoying the festive season in South Africa; visiting friends, drinking wine, braai etc. But we like to be active and try to keep ourselfes busy and do new things. Traveling we met many rock climbers all over the world and picked up this “virus” so we decided to start climbing as well. We did a first Introduction course at City Rock Cape Town and now determined to start outdoor climbing. We have tons of traveling plans for next year from hiking in the Middle East to cycling through Namibia. And of course the big day for us in coming year is Jan 21 our wedding day! We are very excited! Enjoy the holidays!
Two days ago we finished an amazing 6-day hike on the Amatola trail near Hogsback. It was amazing! Away with the Fairies Hostel helped us with accommodation and booking the trail. Thank you a lot, guys! We enjoyed walking with our backpacks through indigenous forest, swimming in waterfall pools and observing the nature. It was our first multi day hike in South Africa but not the last, we’ll keep exploring this beautiful country! It was as well the first hike in our new hiking shoes that we got from Stellenbosch Hi-Tec shop, many thanks to them, the shoes worked great! New entries on Amatola hike and Hogsback are coming soon!
Time to explore South African wine routes! We decided to start from one of the least visited by foreign tourists Breedekloof wine valley. We managed to visit 6 wine farms but there are more so we’re planning to continue our wine mission and explore different wine areas around the country.
Stingy Nomads again together! A week ago Alya came to Cape Town and our plan is to explore, hike, surf and dive around South Africa. We already did a two days hike to the nearest mountains (Rawsonville) and enjoyed it a lot! It was great to swim in the waterfall, barbecue, sleep in our old tent and be a bit cold at night.
One more great news we got a puppy! Actually Campbell’s mother got it and we named her Chile after one of our most favourite countries.
One week left till reunion of Stingy Nomads!!! We are very excited! Alya is flying to Cape Town and in next weeks we’ll start exploring South Africa in our new car. Now we’re busy making travel planes for next months and coming year, there will be many interesting places and thrilling adventures!
Our Asian trip came to the end and both Stingy Nomads are currently at homes; Campbell in Cape Town and Alya in St.Petersburg. After traveling around the world we decided it’s time to explore our own countries. So we are going to start with South Africa. In a month time Alya will travel to Cape Town to meet up with Campbell and to enjoy South African summer. Soon we’ll add some new places and countries to our list. Follow our adventure!
27.08.2016 Watch our engagement video here!
This was a very important week for us. We got engaged while visiting the small island Nusa Penida near Bali. I was planning to ask Alya for a while, but ended up diving with the ring in my BCD pocket for 3 dives. Firstly mantas did not want to play along and show up in Komodo, so much for my mental picture of asking Alya with many massive Manta Rays circling us. We had very strong current and cold water waiting for mola mola in Bali and doing this while hanging on to the wall in pumping current was not an option. A nice mild current finally presented me with an opportunity!
After an amazing week of diving in Komodo National Park with mantas and sharks, seeing Komodo Dragons and plenty of long bus and ferry rides we are back on Nusa Penida, an island near Bali. The diving at Komodo was unreal, truly world class; amazing coral reefs, great visibility and huge amounts of fish of all shapes and sizes. We are diving near Nusa Penida for a couple of days hoping to see the illusive mola mola (sunfish), after which we will go back to Malaysia. New articles on Komodo, the dragons and the diving are coming soon! Sign up to the blog to make sure you won’t miss them!
We spent a week in Pulau Weh a small island, North of Sumatra famous for diving. The island was beautiful, the diving was great we explored the island by scooter and did some nice snorkeling. Check out our entries on Pulau Weh. We are still in Indonesia, on a small island Nusa Penida, near Bali. Sticking to our Sumatra budget in Bali is almost impossible, but between camping at the airport and hitching rides we have some interesting stories. Tomorrow we are hoping to dive the famous Manta point from here, Nusa Penida.
An amazing time in Malaysia is coming to an end! We camped a couple of times, did nice hiking and some good snorkeling and diving on the Perhentian islands. After a couple of days in the beautiful Malaka and Kuala Lumphur we are flying to Pulau Weh, a small island in the north of Indonesia to start exploring the dive spots in probably the best surfing and diving country in the world.
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Stingy Nomads becoming famous! We featured in an interview with online couples magazine ‘Hero and Leander’, focusing on us traveling as a couple. Some interesting questions and stories looking at romantic moments on the road during our travels.
We’ve been for a month in South East Asia, many interesting things and beautiful places. We’re currently in George Town (Malaysia), exploring National parks and food markets. In a day or so we’re planning to start hitchhiking towards Perhentian island with a stop on the way to do one more hike. Keep in touch, Stingy Nomads.