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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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WPC: Cheecky tortoises

The challenge Cheecky brought to mind my visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and the very horny tortoises I saw there.  Tortoises reach sexual maturity between the ages of 12 and 20 and usually mate from spring to fall, mostly during the summer.  Male tortoises have glands that release secretions that can potentially attract a mate. Males…

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Gaudi’s impressive Park Guell

Park Güell, located in Barcelona and designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi, is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. It is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. It was an extremely hot day in Barcelona when my friend and I got to explore this…

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Flower filled Botanical Garden

Summer has finally arrived in the Western Cape and that means exploring time for me!! I just love walking around in the sunshine, be it in a city or in the countryside. In the Western Cape there are tons of beautiful gardens and national parks to go and explore. Driving, along the very beautiful coastal…

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My Art Hero, Dalí’s Theatre-Museum

Since I became aware of Dali and his surrealist paintings he has been my art hero. I have been to every Dali exhibition I could attend so I jumped at the chance of getting to see his theatre-museum in Spain. We took the train from Barcelona up North, to a town called Figueres. The building…

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Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is like a blast from the past as it was in 2005 that I had a quick glimpse of this amazing building. Did you know…. The La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids. It started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026.…

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The Blood sport Bullfighting should be banned.

Bullfighting in Spain is deeply controversial. It is called a “fine art” by its supporters and a “blood sport” by its critics. Years ago, during the famous bullrun, I had the opportunity to watch a live bullfight in Pamplona, Spain. I have always associated Spain with bullfights so it came as no surprise that I…

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