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Welcome to Woodstock

Woodstock is definitely fast becoming known as Cape Town’s street art hotspot. The neighbourhood is adorned with pieces by both local and international artists, ranging in subject from social commentary to animal rights activism. Some have been around for years, while new ones are being added all the time.

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Tour Guide: Street art

I am an avid art lover and in the past couple of years have come to learn about and appreciate street art. This is a small taste of the beautiful street art that the City of Cape town in South-Africa has to offer. While you can absolutely take yourself on a street art walking tour…

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Wordless Wednesday: Young Rhino

At birth, baby rhinos, which are called calves, are still quite big, at40 to 64 kg. And only 10 minutes after it appears it can already stand upright, a couple of hours later it begins to suck. The rhino calf is born without a horn. Its only protection comes from its mother, who seems to delight…

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Surrounded by a Pack of Lions

Lions are known as the king of the jungle. Something that doesn’t really make sense as there are no lions in a jungle. The thing that really scares me is that lions can reach speeds of up to 81 kph in short bursts. This was not a very soothing thought as we were surrounded by a…

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Rolling Dung-beetle

The African bush has so much to offer, from huge elephants to tiny dung-beetles. I love that everything in nature works in harmony. Out in the bush there is an ecosystem where everything is inter-dependent on everything else. Consequently there is no wasted time, energy or even dung as everything is connected. One of the…

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Herd up close

We got really up close to a huge herd of Elephants. The herd approached us from the front and then walked past us. I am sure that if I really wanted to touch one of them I could have just reached out. It was amazing being surrounded by these beautiful majestic creatures and an experience…

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Bachelor Elephant

Males will leave the herd as they become adolescent, around the age of 12, and live in temporary “bachelor herds” until they are mature enough to live alone. Male elephants are normally solitary and move from herd to herd.

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Lions Courting and Mating

Lion are plentiful in the bigger National Parks but will often tend to stay in the remote parts for long periods at a time. They are the only cats moving in family groups and normally occupy a well defined territory. We were very lucky at Shindzela and come across the same pride of lions a…

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An Elephant Face-Off

Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth and quite a sight to see close up. While on our safari at Shindzela, in the Timbavati Game reserve we got very close to these majestic creatures. Not only did we have a young bull elephant challenge us we also got to observe two elephants fighting. As…

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A Crash of Rhinos

Rhinos are quite skittish and don’t normally stand still when humans are around. Did you know a herd of Rhinos is called a crash? At Shindzella on our Safari we got super close to a whole crash of Rhinos and they didn’t immediately run away. We stood there watching the crash for quite a while.…

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Lion cubs in the Timbavati

On our Safari at Shindzela in the Timbavati game Reserve we had the privilege to see lions on a couple of occasions. On one of our afternoon drives we came across some lion cubs cooling down in the shade. We sat watching the cubs for a while and even got to see the one little…

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Well endowed Elephant Bull

They leave the family when they are about 14 years old, shortly after reaching sexual maturity, and then they have a long time before they can compete for mating with females. They go off and spend time with other young males until they grow up some more. A 14-year-old male will be less than half…

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A herd of African buffalo

For our family get together of 2017 we all went to Shindzela for safari. Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve and is part of the greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our experienced guide for our stay was my brother who took us on both our games drives…

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Wordless Wednesday: White Rhino

Our First White Rhino spotting at Shindzela within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species.

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Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

While on my first Safari at Shindzela tented safari lodge within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve I got to see some of the most beautiful animals. Giraffes have always fascinated me and getting to see them up close was amazing!! They such regal looking animals, and moved at a slow and relaxed pace, even though…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

I look at these relics from the past and wonder what they’ve been witness to over the years: from horses and buggies, to buses and cars. From trilbies and fedoras, to baseball caps and beanies. They’ve survived decades of sun, wind, rain, storms, and even floods. I love how the typefaces evoke different eras in…

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Chimp Eden, home to rescued chimpanzees.

Just outside Nelspruit in South-Africa is a chimp sanctuary, an Eden for abused, abandoned and abducted chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute is home to 33 chimps from across central Africa. The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market,…

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Dragonflies are such amazing creatures!

These creatures are quite difficult for me to photograph, but this beautiful red dragonfly sat quiet for a while. 1: A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to…

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Some Fun things to know about Penguins

Did you know there are Penguins down in South Africa that live on the beach? I visited the penguin colony at Betty’s bay in the Western cape and got a lot of penguin photos!! Penguins are some of the most unique and amazing birds because of their physical adaptations to survive in unusual climates and…

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The Alhambra is Granada’s cultural treasure

The Alhambra is Granada’s love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. It is part palace, part fort, part World Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors. Years ago I was one of these expectant visitors and…

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10 Ways that Traveling has Changed me.

As I look back, I know that packing my life into a suitcase and leaving the safety of my home country was the best decision that I could have possibly made. It was only once I moved away, turned my life into a journey filled with uncertainty, that I grew up in unexpected ways. While…

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