“Mud, mud, glorious mud!”

by Naomi on February 3, 2011

in Wildlife

African Wild Dog wallowing in mud

This was certainly the case at Madikwe Game Reserve last week. In a show of sympathy for all those devastated by recent floods around the world, Johannesburg and surroundings have been drenched in downpours over the past while. Madikwe is a mere 3-odd hours’ drive from here, and seems to have shared in the rain too.

Luckily for us, we sneaked into a window of great weather and had the BEST time. Well, probably not better than the African Wild Dogs, who made a meal of the left-over puddles:

African Wild Dogs cavorting in the road - Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

It wasn’t all rosy, though, like one morning when a Landcruiser got stuck in the mud πŸ˜€ Our ranger saved the day, so we witnessed the good deed:

LANDCRUISER stuck in the mud - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Bush rescue! - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

This was the reason for venturing off-road, which caused it all – understandable really!

Tracks underwater - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Later, we struck it lucky, courtesy of more puddles, when two lionesses squatted to drink right beside our vehicle. Tell me it gets any better than this!

Lionesses drinking - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

There was more magic in store, thanks to the rain. The pan was a sea of yellow flowers:

Rhino' in a field of yellow flowers - Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

This is our head-ranger mate, Marc (of my previous post fame ;-)), getting down low with his Nikon. Don’t you just love it?

MARC LINDSAY-RAE in action - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

As you can imagine, we had plenty to talk about at the gourmet dinner every evening:

MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE dining area - Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

I could carry on, but instead here are links to my Facebook albums, which tell a lot more: Handful of Highlights – MADIKWE, Jan 2011 Playing on the Pan – MADIKWE, Jan 2011

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

julie webb February 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

It looks so lovely there and they are such wonderful photos, i bet you must have had such a lovely time there. The African dogs did look like they loved that mud and i loved the photo of the two lionesses drinking water. All such lovely photos was great to see them i hope you had such a wonderful time there it looks such a lovely place to visit. I hope you have a lovely day.


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hi Julie πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind, thoughtful comment. I sincerely appreciate it! This was a really special visit.

I believe it’s been cold and wet in the UK, so I hope you’re keeping warm inside, and that you’ve enjoyed a fabulous weekend. Many thanks again & a big hug from Jo’burg, xo


julie webb February 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Thats ok Naomi the place you visited does look so lovely there must have been wonderful seeing all those lovely animals. It has been very wet and windy in the UK at the moment, im having a lovely weekend thanks have spent a nice Sunday in the warm. I hope the weather is ok there and i hope you have had a lovely weekend there. x


Carol Ann Hoel February 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Great photos! What a land of wild nature! Blessings to you, Naomi…


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thank you, Carol! My apologies for being so absent from blogging lately…I’ll be over to visit again soonest πŸ™‚

Richest blessings back to you,



viewfromtheside February 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

oh wow – i’m green and it’s envy and not the rain


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Thanks for the chuckle, Sidey…I’m sure you’ll get your turn too πŸ˜€


Booksphotographsandartwork February 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The lionesses drinking water are so beautiful. It amazes me that they would come that close to you. And the dog is beautiful, looks just like a German Shepard dog.


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Thank you, Linda πŸ™‚

It is unusual that these lionesses stopped to drink beside us, although they will often pass by quite close, depending on their familiarity with vehicles. I’m smiling now at your dog comment, because our GSD puppy has such big ears that someone recently said he looks like a wild dog!


Chloe February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Such stunning and awe inspiring photos – wow! I especially love these ones: “African Wild Dog”, “Tracks Underwater”, “Lionesses Drinking” and “Rhino and Elephant”. Can I ask, are you on vacation? Are you SA based? xx


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Thanks so much, Chloe – much appreciated, by Dave too!

So happy to make your acquaintance & thanks for reading “About us” and leaving another kind comment πŸ™‚

Your blog is beautiful!

All the very best from SA,

Naomi, xo


nrhatch February 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Wonderful pics, Naomi!

Especially loved the Rhino. They seem so “certain.”


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thank you, Nancy…I know Dave will appreciate too πŸ™‚


souldipper February 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thanks, Naomi. I can SMELL Africa. I can feel the last bits of warmth from that falling sun. I can hear the chatter of exciting discovery. Ahhhh.


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Beautifully said, thanks Amy – ever the wordsmith among us πŸ™‚ xo


kateshrewsday February 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

It doesn’t. It doesn’t get any better, I think, Naomi. As always your pictures are stunning, but it is the amazing atmosphere you have communicated that makes me, quite simply, want to pack my case and get on the plane. Fabulous. Souldipper said it all.


Naomi February 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Ah, thanks so much, Kate! You leave such touching comments – sincerely appreciated, always πŸ™‚ Hope your weekend was fabulous, and not too cold and damp, xo


Tammy McLeod February 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thank you so much. Each photo was even more amazing. I also feel a pull when I look at the amazing places that you visit. I love the sea of yellow flowers and the sinewy muscles of the lionesses. And your dinner spot looks pretty spectacular also!


Naomi February 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Thanks a ton, Tammy…what a beautiful comment, sincerely appreciated!

I’ll be returning soon to visit your fabulous blog πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe February 11, 2011 at 1:28 am

Stunning photos! Thank you for taking us there.

I agree with Souldipper.

Didn’t you get spattered?


Naomi February 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Ah, thanks so much, Tok…we actually kept remarkably clean πŸ˜€


Nabeel February 11, 2011 at 1:39 am

These are amazing photos … and well the fact that you are on a safari is amazing in itself. Even the size of your lens is amazing … dang!


Naomi February 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thank you, Nabeel – also for stopping by and leaving a link to your blog. You have some great shots there!

Dave does rather love that lens πŸ˜€


timkeen40 February 12, 2011 at 12:46 am

The pictures are abosultely awesome. This is a place (like very place I see) that I must visit someday.



Naomi February 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

Thanks, Tim πŸ™‚ If you do get to visit, you will love it…


Stacey February 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

Your pictures are absolutely amazing and make me want to visit there all the more. My dream is to go on an African safari and to be able to take photos that are even half as good as yours.


Naomi February 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

Thank you for such kind words, Stacey. Keep dreaming and I’m sure your safari will materialize πŸ™‚


Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved February 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

Sounds perfectly lovely. Such a fine vicarious thrill for me. Great fun.


Naomi February 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Our pleasure to share – thank you so much for appreciating πŸ™‚


nrhatch September 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Still love the certainty of the rhino . . . but the bottom shot just seems divine after a day in the wilds.


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

Divine is the word, Nancy πŸ™‚


JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You must have had a fab time. The pictures are great. Love the dignified rhino. Puts me in mind of a monk. He’s so calm.


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