Happy Holidays, Africa Style

by Naomi on December 29, 2011

in Daily Life, Wildlife

sunlit view down a dirt road on a morning game drive

Hey everyone, hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous Festive Season and have had a blissful Christmas, those of you who celebrate it!

Our holiday kicked off with a magical week at Mabula Private Game Reserve, where we stayed in timeshare chalets (which are absolutely lovely). Dave’s daughter Terri-Lee, her husband and little girl joined us, along with great friends and my special cousins from Switzerland, whose 3 children were introduced to African wildlife for the first time – to their total delight πŸ™‚

I thought you may enjoy taking a peek at the spectacular game viewing as much as we did, on our early morning and late afternoon drives:

Safari vehicle with photographers at sunrise

Warming up the cameras after a beautiful sunrise - Mabula Private Game Reserve, South Africa

. . . so here’s a snippet of wildlife photography:

Male lion at a waterhole

Male lion after his morning drink

close up of two giraffe

Giraffe pair through treetops

Baby zebra crossing a dirt road

Zebra foal crossing a dirt road

buffalo pair eating grass at Mabula Private Game Reserve

Buffalo grazing in grass

Female Kudu in bushes at Mabula Private Game Reserve

Female Kudu peeping from bushes

Rhinoceros eating grass

Rhino grazing at golden hour

In between game drives, we soaked away the midday heat in the swimming pools, while evenings revolved around the braai in the boma, along with bottomless glasses of wonderful South African wine.

For a whole lot more photographs, feel free to take a look at my Facebook album: Mabula – Dec 2011

If all that pleasure wasn’t enough, we also took a trip down the road to learn about, interact with and ride elephants at Adventures With Elephants. This was such a phenomenal privilege and experience of a lifetime that I’ll dedicate a separate post to it, so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a FANTASTIC New Year, as well as everything and more that you wish for yourselves for 2012!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy December 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Amazing! What a way to begin a new year. Thanks for the gift of these photos.

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Naomi December 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Tammy! On my way over to your beautiful blog to see your photo review πŸ™‚

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sonsothunder December 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

What an amazing photographer you are…Bless You
Happy New Year
paul

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Naomi December 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thanks so much, Paul, and richest blessings back to you for a stunning New Year!

As for the photo’s, I can only take credit for the first two. The rest goes to Dave and my cousin’s talented husband who was trying out our gear πŸ™‚

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Lance December 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Naomi,
Wishing you a very wonderful start to the coming new year!!

The pictures are so, so incredible – what an experience to be around these amazing creatures!

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Naomi December 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Thank you, Lance, and all the very best to you too!!

Being in the bushveld is an indescribably wonderful experience; one that we never ever tire of. I hope that you and your family have the opportunity to enjoy it too one day πŸ™‚

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nrhatch December 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I love every one of those photos, Naomi! And I want to adopt the zebra foal.

Happy New Year to you and Dave!

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Naomi December 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

LOL! That one is specially for you, Nancy πŸ˜€

Many thanks for your wishes & all the best to you and yours! xx

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Kate Shrewsday December 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

Breathtaking as usual, Naomi. Thank you for an inspirational year of blogging πŸ™‚

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Naomi December 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

THANK YOU, Kate – also for the boundless inspiration from your blogging!!

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sideview January 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

lovely, what a way to greet the new year

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Naomi January 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, Sidey, it was wonderful πŸ™‚ All the best for a stunning 2012!

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Tokeloshe January 5, 2012 at 12:42 am

Stunning photos!

Best wishes for the new year and happy shooting (with Nikon of course) πŸ˜‰

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Naomi January 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thanks a ton, Tok – and the very same to you! πŸ˜‰

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