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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.
It wasn’t all rosy, though, like one morning when a Landcruiser got stuck in the mud 😀 Our ranger saved the day, so we witnessed the good deed:
This was the reason for venturing off-road, which caused it all – understandable really!
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!
There was more magic in store, thanks to the rain. The pan was a sea of yellow flowers:
This is our head-ranger mate, Marc (of my previous post fame ;-)), getting down low with his Nikon. Don’t you just love it?
As you can imagine, we had plenty to talk about at the gourmet dinner every evening:
- A gift that keeps on giving… (naomiestment.wordpress.com)
- Lionesses caked in mud (dailymail.co.uk)
- Big 5 Travel that assists Local Communities (south-africa-travel.suite101.com)
- Celebrating Southern African Getaways (naomiestment.wordpress.com)
- Lion-el messy (thesun.co.uk)
The trumpet and splash of Africa’s giants halts us in our tracks. Forget sundowners, these two have our rapt attention, as well as Dave’s lens trained on the action. This one is his Nikon 200-400mm F4 baby, lovingly hand-held 🙂 We’ve seldom come across elephants tussling in water. Seldom enough that I couldn’t select a single image, so decided on a sequence. It’s impossible to tire of the bushveld’s spontaneity – delivering unlimited, unexpected, unparalleled enchantment. Hope you enjoy!
- On an African safari, Brian Windhorst and friend are ‘in a constant state of awe’ (cleveland.com)
- U.S. players stuck in traffic jam caused by elephant (usatoday.com)
- Ebony Lodge at the Singita Game Reserve: The Armchair Safari (luxist.com)
- A New Safari Camp Has Ties to Mandela (intransit.blogs.nytimes.com)
- South Africa Beyond World Cup Football and Vuvuzelas – Best Vacation Destinations (hotelclub.com)
Our recent return to &Beyond‘s Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve was a total treat. It’s impossible to convey the full extent of the magic with only a few photo’s, so for many more highlights, have a look at my Facebook album: Madikwe – June 2010
To kick off with, here’s a pic taken in the early morning at one of the dams.
To observe is a gift.
DAVE – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Quotes to consider:
“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“You can see a lot just by observing” – Yogi Berra
“He doesn’t watch, he notices.” – Thomas D’Evelyn
“Opportunities are often things you haven’t noticed the first time around.” – Catherine Deneuve