Weekly Travel Photo Collection

Today’s inspiration for my travel photo collection is The African Queen. I recently watched this flick from my movie list. I think this was the first time I’ve seen the movie since my trip to Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa in 2010. And let me tell you, it brought back some wonderful memories. Our trip to Africa was simply amazing. People ask all the time what’s my all-time favorite trip and each time I have to say Africa. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every places we’ve been. But Africa was mind-blowing. Let me show you why.

Don't try this at home. Photo taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Don’t try this at home. Photo taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

"Are you looking at me?" This is a Lilac-breasted Roller. Photo taken in Botswana.

“Are you looking at me?” This is a Lilac-breasted Roller. Photo taken in Botswana.

I was stunned when our jeep turned a corner in Chobe National Park and we saw all of these elephants.

I was stunned when our jeep turned a corner in Chobe National Park and we saw all of these elephants.

It snowed in London today. I'm about as happy as this lion. When will spring arrive for good?

We stayed away. 

I'm not really sure what's going on in this photo. Does anyone want to supply a tagline?

I’m not really sure what’s going on in this photo. 

I feel like this hippo. Just too tired to move.

I feel like this hippo on most days. Just too tired to move.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.

That’s an impressive yawn. 

I feel like this little one today. I'm tired and I want someone to carry me.

How cute. 

A Kudu taking in the sights in Botswana.

A Kudu taking in the sights in Botswana.

A sunset on the Zambezi river in Zambia.

A sunset on the Zambezi river in Zambia.

Photo taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Photo taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana


Coastline of South Africa


What’s more impressive: the animals or landscape?


Are you seeing stripes? Or is it just me?


Photo taken in Cape Town.


Photo taken in Botswana.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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68 Responses to Weekly Travel Photo Collection

  1. That would be like the trip of a lifetime!!! If they would open up the highways here I would be on my way to visit Bulldog in South Africa. He has the guest room all aired out and ready for me, so that I can escape this never-ending winter :). Do you want to come too?

  2. bulldog says:

    Great photos… I can’t wait to get to the Etosha Game reserve this year…

  3. You’ve missed the leopard knickers …erm… boa constrictor, I mean, stuck in the tree!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A fabulous place, I felt very privileged to be there.

  5. The Guat says:

    Dude. All these pictures are awesome, but I’ve got to say that giraffe and that hippo! Ha those definitely put a smile on my face. Nice shots.

    • TBM says:

      Don’t the hippos look so cute and then I learned they kill more people than the other animals. You do not want to get in the way of a hippo.

  6. wolke205 says:

    It s always sooo funny to look at when they do this 😉 Great photo!! 😀

  7. Rorybore says:

    wow! What an amazing trip that must have been. I’ve only ever seen these animals at the Toronto Zoo – and they seem quite impressive there. I cannot imagine seeing them up close and personal in their native habitat. And those views!

  8. Jo Bryant says:

    There is just a magic that floats around Africa. Although it has been years since I was there…it never has left me

  9. Amazing pictures! That giraffe one is especially fun…

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Heather. It was funny watching that giraffe. I found out they all do this since there’s a mineral in the soil they crave and so they have to stand like that to lick the soil.

  10. restlessjo says:

    I can see what you’re saying 🙂 It’s one of those places that seems to bite deep.

  11. Soooo jealous…but in a nice, loving, “I’m happy for you that you did this trip” kind of way!

  12. TBM, I missed your travel photo of the day posts! I love this collection. I feel like that hippo right this minute:)

    • TBM says:

      I miss the daily photos as well. I need to hit the road again to build up my photo collection. Yes, I can relate to the hippo this morning. It was hard getting out of bed and now that I am, I’m wondering why.

  13. awesome sights…thanks for the view!

  14. What a fabulous array of photos. You’re so lucky to have traveled there, TBM.

  15. pattisj says:

    You have some great photos. Love the bird!

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to your love for travel … thus thanks for sharing wonderful photos!

  17. i’m thinking that hippo is not tired; he is lying in wait! you got great photos on your trip. i’m so happy you’ve been sharing them 🙂

  18. marieltan says:

    I really want to go to Africa but I always had this notion that the trip would not be safe with all these news:( Help me break that notion! Which parts of Africa would you recommend to see and why? 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’ve only been to Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa and we stayed at camps that had wonderful reputations. I think when you travel anywhere in the world there’s a risk. My best advice is to stay at places that have a good reputation. Besides Cape Town, we didn’t spend a lot of time in cities. Of course there are dangers staying in the bush in Africa and the places we stayed at took safety seriously. One camp, after dark, a guide would drive us to our tent and would stay until we were zipped in. I do recommend visiting Africa–just make sure you do your homework when you make reservations. Let me know if you have any questions.

  19. Grace says:

    That giraffe is adorable! 🙂

  20. Novroz says:

    I love all the pictures!! I miss your photos.
    I have a sweet/cute photo of monkeys from my trip 🙂 If time allows me, I will continue my trip post this week

  21. The Hook says:

    I need to scan these pics again – with jungle music in the background.

  22. Anna says:

    Amazing pictures and amazing wildlife. My all-time favorite trip was also to Africa. I think about Tanzania every day! Would love to see Botswana too. And of course South Africa. Also would be interesting to see the mountain gorillas in Ruanda or Uganda!

  23. Vishy says:

    Beautiful photos, TBM! My favourites were that of the giraffe, the lioness, the lion’s impressive yawn and the herd of elephants. Thanks for sharing.

  24. star1004gem says:

    Reblogged this on StaR1004GeM and commented:
    Beautiful photographs. Not enough of this nature is near me :0

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