Wherever ones goes in Namibia there are geckos – the real ones (Namibia has 12 families of gecko), and the decorative ones.  Geckos are a type of lizard with some really ...


Fish River Canyon: Third time’s a charm

Our first stop once we had crossed the border into Namibia, was at a camp near the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, ...


Two Books: “It’s me, Anna” by Elbie Lötter & “Dead Before Dying” by Deon Meyer

I have recently read two books, both by South African authors, that I would like to share. Both books were originally written and published in Afrikaans, so if you can ...



WPC: Shine – Blue Glow

These huge “Blue Bottles” (or Portuguese man o’ war marine organisms) washed ...

Naries: It’s all downhill from here

As we were travelling from the Southern Cape to the Namibian border, ...

On the road to Nowhere

On a deserted road in Namibia, we came across this old rusted ...
One of the huge red dunes at Sossousvlei - you can see the size next to the tree at the base as well as the tiny people climbing the dune. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Impressions of Namibia

Before this latest trip to Namibia, I had not been there for ...

Getting stuffed at the Seeheim Hotel

South-west of the little Namibian town of Keetmanshoop is the Seeheim Hotel. Having ...

Kruger Camps III – Bushveld camps – Bateleur & Sirheni

The Bateleur and Sirheni bushveld camps lie in the far northern region ...
A typical Rosie frown ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Rosie is a brave bear

For years when people asked me whether Rosie was a good watch ...

Postcards from Namibia

This is a taste of what is to come in a series I’ll ...

The Kruger Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Loop (S52) runs along the Shingwedzi River and is ...

The Kruger Oxpecker Army

We were expecting to see Oxpeckers in Kruger, but weren’t quite prepared ...
Our Kruger National Park "library"

Kruger National Park – Information resources

There is an overwhelming amount of information about the Kruger National Park ...
The King ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

The Big Cat Whisperer

If you have read Lisa’s quirky post “Take your camera to the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O – Slowing down the stream

These long exposure photos show the currents and eddies of the river ...
Hippo pool at the Biyamiti Weir. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Kruger camps II – Bushveld Camps – Biyamiti & Talamati

This is the second post about the camps we stayed in during our ...

Postcards from Kruger: Zebras

Zebras (these are Plains or Burchell’s zebra) are some of our favourite ...
Letaba camp: view of the residential area of the camp. Note the beautiful big trees. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Kruger camps – Intro and Letaba

There are a variety of accommodation options in the Kruger National Park. ...

Kenya: Kilifi Countryside

Post by Willie for Notes from Africa On leaving for my first ...
Huge Baobab Tree near the Satara camp. ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Things we loved about Kruger

I had not been to the Kruger National Park since I was ...

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The Dutch Reformed Mother Church (consecrated in 1842).  ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

In a lot of small towns in South Africa, the landscape is dominated by the local church or churches. George is no longer a small town, but this church at the top of the main road, is still a dominant landmark. Even at night.   This post is part of the Daily Post | Weekly Photo Challenges […]

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What’s on my iPod?

I have mentioned before that I love listening to podcasts. Way back I wrote about my favourite “Bedtime Stories” (click on link), and although I still do listen to those podcasts, I have added several more to my playlist. You can listen to episodes from the podcast archives on the websites (you can link to […]

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Kruger traffic jam

Traffic jams are not unheard of in the Kruger National Park. Most people who have visited Kruger will know the frustration of coming upon a group of cars blocking the road when there is a significant animal sighting. People will have parked at all angles just to get a better view of the action. Sometimes […]

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Gharagab Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

This photograph makes me think back to our first visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Those early days of discovery, of what became our favourite wilderness area to visit. We had yet to discover our favourite camps and figure out where the best game viewing areas were. This photo is nostalgic for another reason – […]

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Postcards from Kruger: Hyenas

Hyenas are not my favourite wild animal. Not only are they not very attractive animals, but they scare me. Probably because they are best known for their bone-crushing jaws. All of the hyenas in this post are “Spotted Hyenas”. A description from Wikipedia: Although phylogenetically they are closer to felines and viverrids, hyenas are behaviourally and morphologically […]

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Leopard in Kruger National Park. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

It has taken me a while to pick a photo for this week’s photo challenge. I just could not think of anything in my life which would constitute a quest. As one blogger said very few things could be classified as such “Unless it happens you have Sauron’s One Ring To Rule Them All in your […]

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Our first rhino sighting in the Kruger National Park. August 2016

World Rhino Day – 22 September 2016

Rhino poaching is one of the things that really upsets me. Well, poaching of any kind, but especially killing an animal for just one body part. Even though there has been raised awareness about the issue, and enormous efforts from various conservation agencies to stop the slaughter of rhinos, the carnage continues. Authorities in South Africa […]

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The Scream by Edvard Munch

Living with chronic pain and depression

I never imagined that I’d ever write this post. Notes from Africa has always been my “happy place” – somewhere I can create positive energy. But I’ve decided it’s important to share my story. Maybe it will help somebody feel they are not alone. Maybe it will help a family member or friend of somebody […]

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I am about to embark on something totally insane. I mean in the “extreme foolishness or irrationality” sense of the word. Some people I know may believe that “the state of being seriously mentally ill” might also apply to me, and maybe it does . . . So without dragging it out any further, here […]

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Millie @pechanga

My favourite Youtube video ever

A while back I came across an Instagram page I absolutely love.  A guy posting lots of photos of his cat, Millie. But this is no ordinary cat. Millie goes with him on a lot of adventures – including mountain climbing. You have to see it to believe it. And for a few moments nothing […]

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