Pending Trip of a Lifetime with Hills of Africa Travel!

by Naomi on September 14, 2010

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

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Soul Safari 2009
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

‘Thank you, Amy, for your excellent suggestion!’ Because of it, we’ve become a group within a group. Threaded together through our shared passion for photography, we’re allocated our own vehicle. Oh, the lush abandon of unreserved agreement to linger with wildness! Indulgence pervades our journey like French perfume. We’ve barely left the lodge when we spot our first subject. My heartbeat accelerates. This is unusual. Sitting a seat away from Dave, I feel his same response. All hands on board close around cameras.

The Martial Eagle rests on a bare branch, eyeing our every move. Marc manoeuvres the Land Cruiser so that the sun bathes our backs. A flurry of whispered questions fires from the back, fielded by him and Dave in the front. Brand experts both, they support Canon and Nikon respectively. Not that the raptor cares. It perches just long enough to allow an explosion of shutter clicks, like popcorn passing its eruption point. Huge wings unfurl for a preliminary hop. Then with a mighty flap, the bird is airborne, becoming a small speck on a distant tree. Never to be erased from memory, digital or otherwise.

MARTIAL EAGLE - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MARTIAL EAGLE - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MARTIAL EAGLE IN FLIGHT - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Here’s the group of photographers, brilliantly guided by Marc, with Dave fooling around! Amy is the lovely lady second from right πŸ™‚

PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP - Soul Safari 2009, Madikwe Game Reserve, SA

. . . and the whole happy tribe!

HOA SOUL SAFARI 2009 GROUP - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

That raptor sighting was one of countless magical moments on Hills of Africa Travel’s Soul Safari 2009, with Oprah-featured psychic, Ainslie MacLeod. Dave and I were fortunate to be the official photographers, documenting what was truly a trip of a lifetime. Perhaps this video clip of Day 3 explains it more fully, starting with the eagle taking off:

For more footage from the trip, visit hillsofafrica’s Channel on YouTube.

NOW FOR THE GREAT NEWS: Our friends at Hills of Africa are planning another dream adventure, also including Madikwe and Cape Town, for Sep-Oct 2011. This one will feature personal participation with Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, the ‘Spiritual Program Director for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and an esteemed expert of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, and integrative medicine’. Read about all the AWESOME details here: Awakening Inspiration Safari – with our heart-felt recommendation!

To summarize in Dr Ellerby’s words: β€œAt the end of this amazing safari, participants will be culturally enriched and spiritually inspired to live a life they love.”

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

RiikaInfinityy λ§ˆμ™• September 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Wow…I wish I can be there! Ido actually love wildlife and the nature, though I am always indoor >.< because of my college stuffs and personal work. So many things out there waiting for us to discover and explore =3~Aww…and once again wonderful images and video<3, love the part when the eagle took off in slow motion, and the grasshopper, just amazing^^~


Naomi September 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thank you, Riika. It’s wonderful that you can appreciate it so, even if you aren’t in it πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful, and hopefully not too busy, day!


cindy September 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Masterful shots and the pending trip sounds great, can’t wait to read about it.


Nelson Schwarz September 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Wow…! Breathtaking! I just loved your husband’s pics. Great job…I will add a comment on my blog. Of course some pics will get there too. Thanks


Naomi September 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Thank you, Nelson! Cool to see you here again πŸ™‚ Alas, my Spanish is not up to par, but your English is excellent!

Buenos dias πŸ™‚


Naomi September 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Thanks, Cindy! Great to hear from you despite your hectic schedule – much appreciated πŸ™‚


Anonymous September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

What an experience we had together Naomi. It’s been almost a year, can you believe it? Thank you for posting. I am over joyed just thinking about it again.


Naomi September 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Me too…it was really something! Incredibly special to meet all of you πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your lovely comment. I’m failing at guessing, though, which tribe member are you? πŸ™‚


brian September 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

oh wow. these are gorgeous shots…so close and in flight…tight…


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 7:50 am

Thank you, Brian, I’ll pass on to Dave. Know he’ll appreciate your comment…raptors in flight are one of his all-time favourite subjects πŸ™‚


healing4tomorrow September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Hi Naomi, the anonymous comment was me – Kadian. I don’t understand why it came out that way when I was logged in with my id. Strange ha.


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

Oh cool, thanks Kadian πŸ˜€ It is a bit weird…but that’s technology for you! Lovely to see your beautiful ‘hand of light’ back again, x


nrhatch September 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Magnificent, indeed!

Recently, a hawk has taken to sunning himself just outside my writing window. He’s landed on the deck railing and post at least 5 times so far . . . about 6 feet from me! He’s gorgeous.

Once he brought a picnic lunch . . . a frog . . . which we watched him eat . . . up close and personal!


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

Ooh, how gorgeous, lucky you!! Not so lucky for the frog πŸ™ Still, what an amazing photo opp! Thanks for appreciating these πŸ™‚


nrhatch September 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I came back to re-read comments and just saw the video. I don’t remember seeing it here yesterday.

Anyway, BFF and I watched and loved it . . . especially the zebras and giraffes. They’re my favorites.


Jamie Dedes September 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Oh my goodness, those photos are just fabulous. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. I love it …


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

Thanks so much, Jamie, much appreciated! Have a gorgeous day πŸ™‚


souldipper September 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

As our Fall descends, its rainy dampness spurring me into readiness for winter, I remember the other thrill of nearly one year ago. Great memories and incredible people. I’m so grateful for the ability to so readily stay in touch. Thanks for making this more than just a memory, Naomi.


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 7:58 am

Any time, Amy πŸ™‚ Thank you for the vibrance with which you keep us all so wonderfully connected! Sending you some Spring warmth from SA…xx


buttercup600 September 15, 2010 at 2:20 am

Can’t wait the breathe that fresh air and smell African soil again….nothing compairs!!!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful shots…lucky YOU!!!! Hugs dear one xxx


Naomi September 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

Ah…how heart-warming to hear that, from one so well qualified to comment. Thank you, Amanda, you’re a gem! Hope your visit happens soon! Big hug back to you, across the ocean…xx


Lance September 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

This looks like such an incredible (and moving) experience!! I feel that very much, reading your words – how truly connecting this group was! To share this experience with a group of people really desiring to “dig deeper” into the exploration of world and self…mmmm….good, good stuff….


Naomi September 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

It was really something, Lance, on many levels! Thank you for appreciating the depth of the trip. I think you would have loved it, and felt right at home amid such a special group of people πŸ™‚


souldipper September 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Naomi, I just noticed…thank you for your thoughtful link. Will Dave and you be joining the 2011 gang?


Naomi September 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

Any time, Amy! We haven’t discussed 2011, but will let you know what transpires πŸ™‚


Naomi September 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thanks for returning and taking a look at the video, Nancy…so glad you & your awesome-sounding BFF enjoyed it! I also have a very soft spot for giraffes – Dave sometimes teases that I give them too much airtime on our videos πŸ™‚


nrhatch September 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I love watching them walk ~ seeming to float above the savanna.


Naomi September 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Lovely way to put it πŸ˜€


Sandy Salle September 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Oh Naomi – I absolutely love this and I have such fond memories of our times together; the laughs, the crying, the hugging, the signs, learning so much and making wonderful, life long friends. I love watching your videos and looking at your photographs every single day! I am so so so excited to see you very soon, arrive about 2nd November and look forward to more fun times. Love & hugs, Sandy


Naomi September 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

AWESOME, Sandy…look forward to seeing you then!! What an incredible trip you and Meredith & co put together. NEVER stop thanking you in my heart. Tons of love back to you πŸ™‚ xoxo


Tokeloshe September 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

Excellent post and photos!

What an experience, it must have been great fun and so thrilling.
Enjoy ever moment. πŸ˜‰
I’m looking forward to the photos and posts.


Naomi September 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Tok! That trip was truly stunning! Not sure if we’ll join the next one, but promise to shower you in pics if we do πŸ™‚


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