Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!

by Naomi on August 15, 2010

in Wildlife

Little compares to the quiet symphony of a bush shower. Hot water is preferable, regardless if it spouts from a tap, bucket or bag. But the essential ingredient is open air. That perfect blend of shampoo mixed with wildness. It holds a primal pull. Midday is best, mellowing the burst of freshness from drying off:

CLEANSING SUNLIGHT - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

OUTSIDE SHOWER - Welgevonden, Waterberg, South Africa

CIVILIZED SETUP - Welgevonden, Waterberg, South Africa

Sometimes, however, caution is prescribed, like once at Mabuasehube in Botswana. Our own campsite barren, we investigate another, only to find that we’re not there first. A pride of thirsty lions precedes us. Maneuvering our vehicles into a safe scenario, we oblige with a steady trickle, before retreating to let them drink. It’s clear that the water tastes delicious to their tongues. You’re most welcome, magnifient friends, with all our love πŸ™‚

YOUNG MALE LION LOOKING FOR WATER - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

LION DRINKING IN SHOWER - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

LIONS EXITING SHOWER - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

LIONESS LICKING HER LIPS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

SATISFIED LIONS - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lance August 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The shots of the lions…incredible! Such magnificent creatures, especially in the native habitat…


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Thank you, Lance, I’ll pass your compliment on to Dave! This was an altogether amazing experience. as ones with lions tend to be!


nrhatch August 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm


Thanks for quenching their parched throats.


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Thanks, Nance! It was truly our pleasure πŸ™‚


Mands August 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Hi Naomi
I love these photo’s of the Lion’s, and so typical of the place. *Grin*
Thanks for sharing… it was one of the areas we used to visit often… nice to be reminded (although the showers and campsite have been added since my last visit πŸ™‚
What Fun!


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Hey Mands, thanks so much for commenting & how cool to see this lovely pic of you!

It’s wonderful that you’ve spent so much time in the bush…I’m sure we could chat for ages about a whole lot of places! There aren’t really campsites as such at Mabua’, just the designated spots of sand, along with a car-sized thatch A-frame shelter on a concrete slab, rustic shower like this and a long drop πŸ™ Dave was quite put out about all this ‘advancement’. He loves nothing more than virgin bush πŸ™‚

Have a fabulous week in your gorgeous part of the world!



Amy MacLeod August 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Isn’t that amazing, Naoms? Africa, you Mistress of Endless Encounters. I am infatuated. Thanks for showing yet another means of sharing with our animal friends.


Naomi August 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Always a pleasure, Amy. We are equally infatuated!


cindy August 16, 2010 at 6:18 am

WOW WOW WOW, I just love the shower shots!


Naomi August 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm

THANKS, Cin, it was pretty wild πŸ™‚


Brett August 18, 2010 at 6:19 am

Oh wow! Naomi! This is by far my favourite post of your’s yet. The photography is unbelievable and of all the African pictures I’ve ever seen, I have never seen something that actually felt so real on my end. The one where the lion is walking away licking her lips with her eyes closed is absolutely magnificent. I actually feel like I’m there.

I think you folks have such a wonderful life and thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. Fantastic work Naomi and thanks for the lions Africa ~ beautiful land…


Naomi August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thank you, Brett!! Your fabulous comment has inspired tomorrow’s post, which I think you may enjoy just a much πŸ™‚ Another safari sequence by Dave…


Dani H August 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love the dichotomy of the wild lions so casually and comfortably utilizing the human facilities. The final photo of the ‘Satisfied Lions’ is my favorite. I love your site ~ I’m grateful to Brett “Moments…” for introducing you and it to me. Oh, following you on twitter now. {I’m @ddh77}


Naomi August 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Thanks so much, Dani, and the gratitude is mutual! It’s great to connect on Twitter…following you too!


Tokeloshe October 7, 2010 at 2:53 am

Wow! Stunning as always!

I even love the shower πŸ˜‰ What a different perspective.

I never tire of your blog, great job.


Naomi October 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Ah, what a wonderful comment, as always…THANKS, Tok! Things have been very busy here, but I’ll get back to your beautiful blog asap too πŸ˜‰


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