My walk around camp
One of the best things about being a content creator in the bush is the substantial amount of time I get to spend outdoors. Not only does this include safari drives, but daily walks around camp in search of all kinds of weird and wonderful things to capture and film. The abundance of life in camp itself is just incredible. Everywhere you look life is flourishing. Whilst safari drives are particularly exciting for viewing wildlife in their natural habitat, it’s the strolls around the lodge that allows one to discover the intricate beauty that the African bush has to offer. The lowveld is home to a plethora of creatures and insects both big and small, and varied indigenous plants and trees.
Over the past weeks we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of rainfall for this time of year, and as such, the bush remains extremely green and lush. Bursting with vibrant colours, wildflowers blossom in bright oranges, yellows, reds and even pinks. Up in the trees’ birds whistle and below on the ground insects chirp, filling the air with joyous sounds. Beautiful butterflies and moths elegantly flutter from plant to plant in search of that sweet flower nectar. Every so often, I run into our resident Nyala bull that hangs around camp, along with a Bushbuck named Beyoncé, and her baby. These antelope go about their day undisturbed by no one and simply come and go as they please. Big safari such as elephants and buffalo also make their way past camp from time to time. This magical place we call home is spectacularly rich in biodiversity. I have really come to appreciate this environment and the community of life it hosts.
Enjoy the collection of images from my walks around Motswari.
This is an Impala Lily or, otherwise known as, a Desert Rose. This must be my favourite shade of pink. This lily can be found in the Aloe garden at Motswari’s reception. They bloom in July and often times in September as well. They are deadly to animals when consumed… so, beautiful but lethal.
I could not resist taking this image. The late afternoon rays shine brightly upon these Safari Orange Aloes, highlighting the flowers’ intense burnt orange colouring.
Have you ever seen wild mushrooms growing in elephant dung? No...? Well neither had I until I stumbled upon this one afternoon. Just goes to show that life can grow out from pretty much anywhere.
If you look closely at this image you will see that the Bougainvillea has completely intertwined itself with the neighbouring Mopane tree. I just absolutely love the mixture of green and purple which adds that extra splash of colour at the back of house.
I caught sight of this vibrantly coloured Maiden moth a few weeks back. It was the first time I had ever seen a moth as brightly pigmented. It was elegantly fluttering its wings, flying from plant to plant and down onto the ground. It was really stunning. Unfortunately, I have not seen one since.
This is our resident Bushbuck, Beyoncé. Isn’t she just lovely? One can’t help but smile when in her presence. She enjoys feeding on the long grass around camp and spends much of her day wandering between staff housing.
For a truly immersive and fulfilling safari experience, make sure to pay attention to all life in the bush, both big and small. You may just see some extraordinary things.