The Self-Isolating "I Miss Africa" Thread

Old Apr 3rd, 2020, 11:23 AM
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I haven't watched one yet, but this website promises to offer virtual game drives live From Sabi Sands and Maasi Mara in real time. I found it on the Cape Talk (Cape Town radio station) website.
https://wildearth.tv/safarilive/
It's been on for some time,and it's totally addictive.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2020, 03:05 PM
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Thank you all for sharing these. The big cats especially warm my heart, I can never see too many (so keep posting!)

Yes, even birds are appealing to me on safari. I especially love the rollers and those yellow weavers that frantically build nests in competition with each other.

Ian, it is cathartic, isn't it? Last weekend I started going through all trip photos (even non-Africa) and posting the ones that cheered me up on Instagram. I'll pick up with that this weekend. Remembering better times and looking forward to better days like this soothes the soul!

Thank you all for posting!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2020, 03:36 PM
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I'm sorry you are missing your trip this year, TPAYT! That's a heart breaker.

I also love seeing all of the photos!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2020, 04:31 PM
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All of these pictures have a story . . .

We were at Bourke’s Luck Potholes in SA & I was waiting for my wife outside the WC, sitting at a nearby picnic table. A baboon – oblivious to the tourists milling around - walked over & sat down too. I got this great shot of it.



One of our goals on our last trip was to slow down & actually watch the animals, rather than just collect photos of them. This elephant was particularly amazing. He was road side in north Kruger & I pulled over as he was stripping the bark off of a branch using his mouth, his tusk & his trunk in an extremely adept fashion. In about three minutes he had it stripped clean.



During our whole stay at Shimuwini Bushveld Camp in 2017, this Cape buffalo seemed to guard a bridge on the road into the camp & you had to watch for him & make sure he wasn’t too close as you drove by. He never looked happy & he would threaten you if you stayed too long taking pictures.



This next picture just looks like a blurry picture of a youngish hippo. And yes, that’s what it is, but the hippo was running in panic inside the Skukuza Rest Camp – Kruger’s largest camp, that was filled with campers. I snapped this before 6 AM when the camp was still asleep. Hippos are very dangerous, of course & it somehow got in through all of the security. There was only a flimsy wooden fence between us.



And this last photo is again a little blurry. But it is a rare black rhino that we saw on our first trip to Kruger. The only black we have seen. He was coming up from a good mudding in the Sabie River.



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Here are two series of images. The first is a giraffe drinking. If you've ever watched one, after they drink they usually do the flip of their head that makes the water drops dance.

The second series is in Botswana, in October, with temperatures of 100-120 every day. This herd was approaching the water and I think we surprised them. They stopped and looked at us and then rushed over to the water, kicking up lots of dust on the way. Then they had a drink and a splash and took off into the bush.



































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Old Apr 3rd, 2020, 08:50 PM
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Ian & Sundowner: AWESOME pix!
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Old Apr 4th, 2020, 02:48 AM
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Wonderful pics, sundowner. Two of my favourite animals. I have only seen giraffes use the 'squat' to drink.

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Old Apr 4th, 2020, 06:45 AM
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From my first trip to Kenya in Feb 2014, all in the Mara conservancies

I love this photo only because it shows the scope of all of her territory. No fence, no cage, no boundaries.



This is rock star cheetah mom Amani, with her 2013 cub Karembo (who is still alive!)





These are the tiny cubs of Marsh Pride lioness Siena. Probably her last litter, since she was tragically poisoned by humans after surviving a nasty goring by a buffalo in 2015-16. Not the best image quality because we were quite a ways off (as we should be) and I was at the very end of my digital zoom reach.



Male cheetah in the Marsh area of the Mara in that awesome golden sunrise.


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Old Apr 4th, 2020, 11:57 AM
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Very nice, Amy. I too like the vista image. That rock is a great vantage point for a lion. And your last cheetah picture is a stunner.
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Old Apr 4th, 2020, 04:29 PM
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On our first trip to Kruger in 2016, we stayed in a riverfront cabin at Lower Sabie (I booked it 10 months out). There was a big fig tree on the lawn that shaded our patio that attracted bush babies. That night, a South African couple next door pointed out this guy in the tree branches above. The next day he was still there & I took this picture. A 2 metre rock python.



The park was still in drought in 2016 & it rained one morning we were there – the first rain the area had seen in 4 months. Some animals took advantage of the water pooled on the asphalt.





And an African picture thread should have a picture of a baobab tree . . .



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Old Apr 4th, 2020, 08:52 PM
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Thanks, Songdoc and Ian.

I love the "big" Mara photo too. And all the cats. It took me a few trips to get a cheetah photo with the "glowing" eyes. Love yours!

And I can do without the snakes, Ian. Luckily I haven't seen many. In 2008 we drove from MalaMala near Krueger to Mashatu in Botswana. There were so many baobabs. Amazing!

So far, the images I've posted in this are all from the same trip, Botswana in 2005. Here are a couple more from that trip.

First pic, we spent one night in the Makgadikgadi Pans. 360° and all that crunchy ground was all we could see. We didn't bother with tents. Just slept out in the open. So very cool. Laying there on the ground just looking at all of the stars. Wow. And, I remember it was cool that night! It was such a miserably hot trip but it was cool!

The long dead, dried out zebra reminded me of all the old timey cartoons with the vultures skulking around.

And the Chapman's Baobab tree, thought to be 1000+ years old. I heard that 3 months after we were there it fell over. In the 2nd photo of the baobab, I'm sitting on one of the roots.
















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Old Apr 5th, 2020, 09:57 AM
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I love deserts & wastelands, so your pan pictures are very cool & I am jealous of your night out there . . .
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Absolutely astounding photography on this thread! Truly world class stuff. Thanks everyone.

Here's a few humble shots from our (sadly) one and only trip to Africa, 15 years ago. It was the first time I used a little digital camera, starting to make the switch from film.



Serengeti Wildebeest



Tarangire River



Elephant at Manyara



Impala



So cute



Snows of Kilimanjaro
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Old Apr 7th, 2020, 08:42 AM
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Humble my tuchus. Those are great!

I'll join the Baobab club with this one from Zimbabwe



And on the topic of trees, maybe a couple more...

Sunset in Madikwe



And I always thought this was a spooky looking tree (Kruger NP area)



And what's a tree without a (colobus) monkey? (Kenya)


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Gardyloo, that baobab looks like “The Big Tree” just outside Vic Falls, or am I mistaken? I have a photo as well.
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Gardyloo, that baobab looks like “The Big Tree” just outside Vic Falls, or am I mistaken? I have a photo as well.
I think so.
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Old Apr 7th, 2020, 04:38 PM
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Nice pics, Nelson. Baby zebras always look like stuffed toys.
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Old Apr 8th, 2020, 06:30 AM
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Thanks for comments on the photos. Baby elephants are also pretty darn cute!




My wife loved the elephants, cried when we first saw them in Tarangir. Our guide called her and introduced her as "Mama Tembo" for the rest of the trip.
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Old Apr 8th, 2020, 01:36 PM
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More from our Kruger trips . . .

Hippo in the Letaba River.



Curious young hyena on a morning drive from Shimuwini.



A zebra that stayed still long enough for a good picture.



A vervet monkey raid at the N'wamanzi Viewpoint.


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Beautiful

Your pictures are great. I went to South Africa in September 2017. I had a trip scheduled for August 2020, but I am in process of rescheduling because I'm taking my granddaughter. This trip includes Victoria Falls and a safari in Botswana. Thanks again for the pics.
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