Breakfast with a difference

The mind is a powerful instrument, often neglected and abused by its master. It willingly embarks on flights of fantasy … while riding out the remote impact (read outrageous gusts of wind and heaving buckets of rain) of cyclone irina this afternoon I was instead battling the Uruk Hai alongside the brave defenders of Helms Deep.

In a similar fashion, an impromptu breakfast trip less than 30 minutes up the road and I was Karen Blixen in Out of Africa. The delights of Tala Private Game Reserve, a hidden gem in an urban enviroment.

Granted we were there early on a Saturday morning, out of school holidays but it was an oasis of calm enhanced by a stellar meal!

“You cant be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideaology of a violet” – Hal Borland Sundial of the Seasons 1964

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15 thoughts on “Breakfast with a difference

    • Hi Selma – Thanks for stopping by – DH and I both love the bush so the more the merrier when it comes to beasties. The hippos were the cream on the cake – Baby was actually resting on mums back in the middle of the lake, very sweet :).

  1. I have to ask a stupid question, Linda. MTM has been to Africa (Kenya), but I haven’t been there period.

    Can you get out of a vehicle and wander around a preserve to take pictures like these? Are you on a protected trail of sorts? Are you just using a zoom lens to make the animals look closer to you? All of these pictures are glorious.

    • Hey Andra – not stupid at all! In a national park you can only alight from your vehicle at specified points (large fines otherwise and you also face the prospect of been eaten or stomped on). You can though do a bushwalk with armed rangers for a few days and sleep out which is mind-blowing! We were in a private reserve with no carnivores so they’re a little bit more relaxed (plenty warning signs still) and you can just trundle along the road as you like. Both types of parks also offer game drives where you go with a ranger in a jeep offroad but unless you’re looking for predators your own vehicle does just fine. The other blessing with our adventure was the size of the property was smaller so a better concentration of game. The only photo that had zoom was the hippos as they were relaxing in the middle of a lake, the other animals were all within about 10 to 20 feet away. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

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