Celebrating Southern African Getaways

by Naomi on December 6, 2010

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

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Sincere thanks to the fabulous Christine Searle at SA-Venues, for including me in her awesome post: South Africans share their favourite local getaways! It’s a total treat to participate and discover what’s special to others too πŸ˜€

Picking only one favourite was impossibly tough, given the abundance we have here – as well as how privileged Dave and I have been, thanks largely to friends, family and our professional photography. I narrowed it down to the African bushveld, because I believe that nothing compares to the ‘soul vacation’ this offers. Here’s the longer list, incorporating more of Southern Africa and a few of the countless highlights we’ve enjoyed:

Londolozi private game reserve, SA – leopards (see above)

Madikwe private game reserve, SA – wild dogs:

AFRICAN WILD DOG - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Schotia Safaris, SA – lions:

MUFASA - Schotia Safaris, South Africa

Welgevonden private game reserve, SA – rhino’s & elephants:

RHINO SILHOUETTE - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

ELEPHANT SILHOUETTE - Welgevonden game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

Timbavati private game reserve, SA – buffalo:

BUFFALO BULL - Timbavati game reserve, South Africa

Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana – abundant game and raptors:

HIPPOS AT SUNSET - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

FISH EAGLE TAKING OFF - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana – wide open spaces and occasional cheetah:

STORM BREWING - Central Kalahari, Botswana

CHEETAH RUNNING - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Mozambique – scuba diving, especially Guinjata Bay’s manta rays:

MANTA RAY WITH REMORA FISH - Guinjata Bay, Mozambique

SCUBA-DIVING - Mozambique, Southern Africa

Lesotho – enduro riding, in particular the extreme Roof of Africa:

ROOF OF AFRICA 2010 - Lesotho, Southern Africa

VIEW OF MALUTI MOUNTAINS - Lesotho, Southern Africa

Cape Town (where I grew up) – family, fun, Two Oceans & Table Mountain:

TABLE MOUNTAIN from V&A WATERFRONT - Cape Town, South Africa

A VIEW OF CAPE POINT - Cape Town, South Africa

As far as wildlife goes, we’re planning perhaps the pinnacle trip for September next year: Serengeti under Canvas in Tanzania with &Beyond Africa, which follows the migration in luxury tents. CAN’T WAIT, especially since it will probably include scenes like these:

MIGRATING WILDEBEEST - Masai Mara, Kenya

HOT AIR BALLOON OVER MIGRATING WILDEBEEST - Masai Mara, Kenya

I wasn’t lucky enough to accompany Dave to Kenya, where he shot these last two pics, so that’s high on my wish-list of wildlife destinations, along with others in Southern Africa, such as Namibia (where I was born), Zambia (where my father was born and raised) and Zimbabwe (where some of our special friends come from). And that’s just for starters. Ah, AFRICA…what’s to do but LOVE YOU?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

souldipper December 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

Exquisite in every word, shot and angle, Naomi. Goodness, I know that Dave loves a good shot of the eye, but who would ever have believed that a Buffalo Bull has bedroom eyes? πŸ™‚ What a country!

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Cindy December 6, 2010 at 8:30 am

What souldipper said.
And congrats on being featured in Christine’s post πŸ™‚

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Naomi Estment December 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

THANKS, Amy & Cindy πŸ™‚ LOL!! Every time I see a Buffalo bull from now on I’ll be thinking of those bedroom eyes! πŸ˜€

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Lance December 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What amazing shots!!

I love all of them, although my favorite is the elephant silhouette…something very deep about that one for me….

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Naomi December 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Thank you, Lance! It’s quite a challenge to select only a few photo’s per post…that ellie one gets under my skin too πŸ™‚

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kateshrewsday December 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Naomi, such beautiful shots, and what a beautiful way of living they reflect. You both see the world through such enchanted eyes. I love the sea eagle, but it’s the balloon with the wildebeest that captivated the whole family when we looked through. Each photo os a gift – thank you πŸ™‚

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Naomi December 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Thank you, Kate – for your thoughtful words.

The manta rays are enormous. Dave was finning like crazy to keep abreast of this one to shoot it. So glad you all like the balloon pic. It’s such a stunningly silent experience πŸ™‚

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nrhatch December 7, 2010 at 12:11 am

What? No Zebras? πŸ™‚

I choose the Elephant then. Great shots.

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Naomi December 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

LOL! Sorry, Nancy! HOW could I exclude your zebras?

And springbuck, kudu, eland, crocodiles, bat-eared foxes, warthogs, giraffes, hyenas, ground squirrels, eagle owls…OMG, more posts, more pictures – promise more Zebras πŸ˜€

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Tokeloshe December 8, 2010 at 3:38 am

Congratulations! Well deserved.

Excellent photos !
I agree with you, it’s impossible to choose the best.

WOW!

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Naomi December 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

THANKS, Tok πŸ™‚ Since the focus of this post is on local getaways, I’ve not mentioned captivating Canada, especially Vancouver and Whistler, where we enjoyed some magical skiing! We won’t make it to the snow this season, so please savour it for us!

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buttercup600 December 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

Congrats girlfriend…been to most with the exception of Mozambique and Lesotho…you make me yearn for the smell of Africa with passion pulsing through my veins!! Just such awesome shots…sending you much love and blessings always Naomi!! oxox

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Naomi December 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

Thank you so much, Amanda!

As much as we’ve had many amazing diving experiences in Mozambique, one of our best ever was on your Great Barrier Reef. It’s just not practical to fit it all into one post:-) I can imagine how much you must miss Africa, especially the bushveld, so thanks for stopping by for a sample πŸ™‚

Loads of love & blessings back to you!! XO

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Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved December 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

Oh my God. How beautiful. Off to send the link to family and friends.

Kudos to you and Dave. Well done.

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Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Ah, thanks Jamie, you’re a honey! XO

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