It is not during my visits to the various destinations that I get to visit
where the work “happens”.
It is once I return home and the editing and writing commences,
then the work actually begins.
Not that I am complaining mind you.
Working from home has both advantages and disadvantages
and deadlines still have to be adhered to.
I was due to visit Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp in December 2018,
however a family medical emergency put paid to that.
With the medical issues behind me,I returned in March,2019.
The garden that I saw being planted on my first visit in April, 2018
has now taken shape and it welcomes guests as they arrive.
Rocks and indigenous succulents that are water wise,
a great addition to this camp.
A welcoming drink to slake my thirst
after a long drive from Johannesburg.
Cool and refreshing.
The interior of the main building houses a bar, lounge and dining area.
Not many changes since I was here last,
so it was just like coming home.
And the friendly greeting that I got from the staff who remembered me
just enhanced that sensation.
Folded napkins always fascinate me.
These were no exception.
Even simply folded into a standing fan they exude class and a touch of finesse.
The wines of choice for the various meals that were on offer.
And speaking of food…
These are just some of the breakfast, lunch and dinner meals
that I enjoyed during my stay.
It rained most of the one afternoon that I was in camp.
Luckily it started after lunch, when I was back at my tent.
And it stopped before the game drive commenced.
In between the heaven opened and torrents poured down
on the parched soil.
The view from inside out across the deck/veranda of my tent.
I watched as the rain clouds start to build.
It might be called a tent,
but it is the epitome of style and elegance inside.
No sleeping on fold out camp beds!
A huge comfortable bed, surrounded by a mosquito net.
Snuggled down under a warm duvet with crisp linen,
an afternoon nap was definitely on the cards.
At the rear is a tent is a full bathroom with both a shower and a bath.
The water is drinkable, and there are electrical power outlets
to charge phones and other electronic items.
During the day, this dead tree is a perch for a variety of bird life.
By night and in the light of my torch,
it took on a different dimension.
It attracted my attention on my previous visit
and it did again this time.
This is Stan, the resident porcupine.
He only appears at night and he is not well disposed to being photographed.
My accommodation by night.
Under the overhanging branches of the nearby tree
it took on an almost magical appearance.
Time to get some sleep as I will have to be up early
for the morning game drive.
Once you report to the main reception at Mabula,
a field guide will come to collect you to transfer you to the camp.
It is situated about 15-20 minutes away,
and as the road goes through the game reserve
who might be in for some surprise game viewing.
And by the way, Google maps still has not rectified their directions.
If you are going to follow them , then use “Bela Bela” as you destination.
Once there you can enter “Mabula” to get you to the correct car park.
A big thank you to each of these brands
for coming on board.
This has been my constant travel companion
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometers/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
in South and Southern Africa.
BEST SUITCASE EVER!
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This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.
This Powerbank is my constant companion
while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
When offered an option…
ALWAYS be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack.
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple…and it is,
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product,
visit their Facebook page:
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To see who else were winners in 2018, visit: