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.
“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.
We stayed away.
I’m not really sure what’s going on in this photo.
I feel like this hippo on most days. Just too tired to move.
That’s an impressive yawn.
A Kudu taking in the sights in Botswana.
A sunset on the Zambezi river in Zambia.
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.
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.
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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?
Let me grab my bag!
You are more than welcome… but you better hurry I’m on my way to the Kalahari again…
Wait for us!
Wahhh!! I still can’t get out. All the roads are closed :(.
You should get some dogs and a sled to bust out and never return.
That’s not a bad idea :). Still waiting this morning to see if we’re going to work or not. The highway is still closed, and we think that the backroad that we take as an alternate is also still closed.
Seriously, get some dogs. You’re trapped! With two more storms coming. How’s the food situation? Chocolate?
OMG, my son is so stupid. He thought you were telling me to eat the neighbours’ dogs LOL!! I filled up the car with gas yesterday before the gas station runs out again, and we picked up milk and cereal. Our freezer is full, so I think we’re good. I’m kind of getting used to this not working thing :).
Does he know me at all? I would never suggest that. Never! Miles wouldn’t make much of a meal. Did you explain dog sled so you can bust out of the frozen tundra and join the real world. Might have to head to Mexico since I hear it’s cold all over the States.
Don’t worry, he’s just a silly male child :). Anyway, I can’t get a dog sled because then the boss would expect me to come to work. I just called him to tell him I won’t be in again, and he couldn’t say a damn thing because the roads are closed HAHA!
Well curl up with a good book and enjoy. Are all three of you home, then?
Yes, we’re all home and I have three good books on the go, so it’s all good :).
Enjoy! glad you are safe and sound. Happy weekend!
Same to you my friend :).
Great photos… I can’t wait to get to the Etosha Game reserve this year…
I’m so so so jealous!
You’ve missed the leopard knickers …erm… boa constrictor, I mean, stuck in the tree!
Darn. I have to go back!
A fabulous place, I felt very privileged to be there.
Yes, that’s a good way of putting it. It is a privilege and the memories never leave you.
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.
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.
It s always sooo funny to look at when they do this 😉 Great photo!! 😀
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!
I was giddy the entire trip and kept saying, “I can’t believe we’re here!”
There is just a magic that floats around Africa. Although it has been years since I was there…it never has left me
I completely understand.
Amazing pictures! That giraffe one is especially fun…
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.
I can see what you’re saying 🙂 It’s one of those places that seems to bite deep.
It’s hard to explain, Jo. But I feel like I left a bit of myself there and I’m itching to get back to see more.
I know that feeling 🙂
I have a good friend who lived in Zim for many years, pre-Mugabe. Africa is in her blood.
We stepped foot in Zimbabwe for about five minutes when we were on the bridge by Victoria Falls. However, I can’t count that as a proper visit.
Soooo jealous…but in a nice, loving, “I’m happy for you that you did this trip” kind of way!
I know how you feel. Every time I read about someone else’s trip I experience the same thing. Jealous, but happy for the person.
TBM, I missed your travel photo of the day posts! I love this collection. I feel like that hippo right this minute:)
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.
awesome sights…thanks for the view!
I’m glad you enjoyed.
What a fabulous array of photos. You’re so lucky to have traveled there, TBM.
Thanks Carole. Sometimes it feels like a dream and I can’t believe I actually went. It was a fantastic trip.
You have some great photos. Love the bird!
Thanks Patty. It was always fun spying that little bird. Getting a photo of him was a challenge.
Cheers to your love for travel … thus thanks for sharing wonderful photos!
Thanks Frank. It’s in my blood!
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 🙂
It’s good to hear that you like seeing them. Thanks! And don’t get too close to the hippos.
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? 🙂
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.
That giraffe is adorable! 🙂
They are adorable and have the sweetest faces.
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
Would love to see. Monkeys are so cute, but devious 🙂
I need to scan these pics again – with jungle music in the background.
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!
I hear Tanzania is awesome! And yes, the mountain gorillas would be so amazing to see. That’s on my list!
Tanzania is wonderful, and not just the nature but people too! 🙂
I have to say the same about Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. the people were lovely.
Good to hear! I would love to do a long trip to Africa, see lots of countries, meet locals and say Hakuna Matata (in Eastern Africa) every day!
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.
It’s a wonderful place and I was in awe the whole time.
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Beautiful photographs. Not enough of this nature is near me :0