Observing “Africa Time” . . .

by Naomi on May 2, 2012

in Wildlife

Game Lodge at Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

According to Wikipedia, “African Time (or Africa Time) is a colloquial term used to describe a perceived cultural tendency, in most parts of Africa, toward a more relaxed attitude to time. This is sometimes used in a pejorative sense, about tardiness . . . also . . . the more leisurely, relaxed and less rigorously scheduled lifestyle . . .”, etc. Well, it could never be more apparent than on safari – in the best way imaginable.

We had the renewed pleasure of this privilege recently, invited by Dave’s brother Mike and his lovely wife Lisa to Welgevonden Private Game Reserve.

Some time was spent loitering on the porch, watching zebra and other wildlife at the nearby waterhole.

Zebra group

Zebra at a waterhole - Welgevonden Game Reserve, SA

But cheetah were the star attraction of this particular trip. These elusive cats treated us to no less than three spectacular sightings in as many days. This was the first, perfectly positioned at golden hour:

Cheetah at golden hour

Cheetah soaking up the sunset - Welgevonden Game Reserve, SA

. . . and another, captured beautifully by Dave not far from the lodge:

Silhouette of a cheetah

Cheetah silhouette - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

In between, we lazed around some more and were spoilt beyond words with mouth-watering food.

Game lodge snacks

Safari sundowner snacks - Welgevonden Game Reserve, SA

Oh, and of course, we drank sundowners πŸ™‚

Sundowner on Safari

Sundowner on safari - Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, SA

The game drives didn’t disappoint, as you can see from another of Dave’s masterful shots:

Male Waterbuck

Waterbuck ram - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Part of the magic was in the delicious interludes, like this one for coffee and freshly baked muffins,

Welgevonden dam

Drinks stop at a dam - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

while magnificent game viewing waited around the corner.

Elephant at Welgevonden Game Reserve

African Elephant - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Then it was back to the verandah for more relaxation, if we could possibly contain it –

Game Lodge Vista

Vista from a verandah - Welgevonden Game Reserve, SA

as we breathed in another African sunset,

Sunset at Welgevonden Game Reserve

African sunset - Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, SA

before hearing the murmur of luxury calling.

Safari bedroom

Private Suite - Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

We’re happily home again, with Africa Time humming in our bones, just the way we love it.

If you’ve never experienced this, our wish is that you will, at least vicariously, as it’s simply too special not to share. So in that spirit, you’re welcome to browse my Facebook album, featuring more wildlife photography, here: Welgevonden – April 2012 πŸ™‚

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Lance May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Mmmmm….from the wildlife shots to the food to views – what an amazing collection of photos! And – what an experience…Africa time. My mind is transporting me there right now…and I’m feeling an extra sense of “all is right” as I settle in….


Naomi May 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thank you, Lance! It’s always so wonderful to hear from you and to read your lovely perspective from across the world πŸ™‚ Warmest wishes to you and yours! Naomi


Kate Shrewsday May 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Gorgeous pictures and a classic, breathtaking Naomi post! Loved this!


Naomi May 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Thank you, Kate! I so appreciate your appreciation πŸ™‚ MWAH!


nrhatch May 3, 2012 at 3:23 am

“African Time” sounds suspiciously like our “Island Time.” Ya, mon! 😎

Loved the photos!


Naomi May 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

LOL…love that “Ya, mon!”, thanks Nancy! I must put some island time on my bucket list πŸ˜€


[email protected] May 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

Oh, Naomi…I enjoy being on safari with you. Many thanks for these photos. Since meeting you, I’ve suspected there’s another category – Estment Time. Or is it Estment Living? πŸ˜€ I cannot believe either of you ever feel you are working.


Naomi May 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Ah, thank you, Amy – for such a lovely comment and sentiment! It would be so wonderful to have the pleasure of another safari together one day πŸ™‚ Big hug and kiss from us both, XO


Tammy May 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Loved your photos Naomi! My son is sitting here looking at them with me and we’d so like to visit you one day!


Naomi May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Thank you, Tammy! It would be wonderful to see you all here in SA, so please keep us posted!


Tokeloshe May 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Absolutely stunning!


Naomi May 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

Thank you, Tok!


Mands May 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hi Naomi
Stunning photos, looks like my kind of week-end… *Smile* I really need a trip to the bush soon. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing… looks like you had a fabulous time. *Huggs* Mands


Naomi May 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Mands, lovely to hear from you! Always good to keep a bush trip on the menu…we’re almost ready for our next one too & hope yours comes around soon πŸ™‚ XO


Karylle May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

I have never been to Africa and I think a lot of people are excited to go there and experience these things.. Anyway, thank you for your photos here..


Naomi June 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thank you for your lovely comment, Karylle – much appreciated! I’m sure you would love it if you have the opportunity to visit one day πŸ™‚


Tammy June 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I agree with Lance. What an amazing set of photos! And what is in a sundowner?


Naomi June 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, Tammy πŸ™‚ Ah…but you are in for a treat when you come to Africa! Sundowners are drinks at sunset, typically savoured during the course of an evening game drive (while stopped at some breath-taking spot where wildlife and bushveld can be viewed all around you), involving a selection of snacks and most often alcohol, although that’s not mandatory :-). If not on a game drive, sundowners are just as enjoyable outside on a porch, mountainside or beautiful beach, basically anywhere that you can kick back, drink in hand, and lazily watch the sun set.

Here’s a link to a previous post with a photo of sundowners on a Landrover bonnet (complete with table cloth, cashew nuts, chips (crisps) and “droΓ« wors” (Afrikaans for “dried sausage” which is sort of similar to “biltong” – our practically staple dried meat): http://www.naomisnotes.com/more-madikwe-magic/

… and another post which shows our game ranger friends laughing over sundowners while sitting on a Landrover (we usually get off and stretch our legs, keeping fairly close to the vehicle, while keeping an eye out for wild animals). This post also shows a mug of Amarula hot chocolate; our favourite for drinks stops on early morning game drives, including a tot of the popular “Spirit of Africa” cream liqueur and muffins/biscuits/rusks (another firm South African favourite, i.e.”hard, dry biscuit or a twice-baked bread”, fabulous for dunking in hot drinks): http://www.naomisnotes.com/a-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/

Perhaps I should stop now, before you get the impression we’re all a bunch of alcoholics πŸ˜€ Sundowners on safari are simply something that everyone should experience for themselves!


Jamie Dedes June 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

It sounds wonderful and the pictures are stunning. Thank you for posting them, Naomi.

“Africa time” – I love it. Reminds me of “bukara” in Arabic, meaning later – My grandmother used to say to so many thinga – “bukara, bukara” … In my maturity, I think she was right. Attend to the poetry of life first.

And, of course, our friends to the south in Mexico are fond of “manana” – tomorrow. It’s soon enough. Something to be said for these very civilized attititudes. No stress.


Naomi June 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank you for your lovely comment, Jamie, and agreed about these civilized attitudes πŸ˜€ I’ve not hear of “bukara” before – what a wonderful word! Having learnt some Spanish in the past, I am familiar with “manana” – love that word too πŸ™‚ Here’s to a super relaxed day!


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