hello! right now I am sitting at the airport in Nairobi waiting to catch a connecting flight to Kiliminjaro. from there we are going on a week long self-driving safari holiday – visiting the legendary Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti National Park. we will be camping in the Serengeti, where there are no fences. *cue wide eyed emoji here*
Jeff & Kerryn are a South African couple who love travelling, and document said travels on their blog Pass The Map. this adventurous duo has various instagram accounts: @passthemap, @andythelandy (all about their Land Rover Defender, Andy), Jeff’s account @j__ballesteros and Kerryn’s account @kerring_lee.
if you follow me on Instagram you may have caught some photos that i was sharing from my mom’s photography trip to Morocco. she first picked up a camera in her fifties and started taking photos with slide film, then eventually transitioned to digital. she now regularly goes on photography trips with her friends, most recently to Morocco – but she’s also been to Cuba, Bhutan, Turkey, Canada and all over Europe.
usually when i discover something that i love i want to write and blog about it immediately. i don’t have much patience for waiting – probably because i’m too excited to get the word out. but sometimes i come across a project that’s still in the making, and i watch it unfurl and develop before i can share it. that’s what it was like following Akosua Afriyie-Kumi on Instagram, the creator behind Ghanaian bag line A A K S. every day she would post beautiful behind-the-scenes images like this and this and this, and finally her website was launched.
wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas is probably my favourite person to follow on Instagram at the moment. i am obviously biased towards his imagery from Africa – the Ethiopian wolves are probably my favourite! though the giant mole rat comes a close second. you can see some amazing close-up shots of animals he’s taken with his BeetleCam (his own invention).
whenever you read this, we will either be on a plane or in a rental car or dodging potholes or already in THE BUSH. yes! we are going to the Kruger Park for our (hopefully) annual trip. you can read my post & see all the photos from last year here. i will only be gone a week, but i have lots of posts scheduled for while i’m away – so please do keep checking in.
browsing the vibrant work of London based illustrator Lynnie Zulu is the perfect antidote to a Monday. growing up in Scotland, drawing was a form of escapism from an early age and much of her work draws from her family’s Tanzanian heritage. also the cursor on her website is a watermelon… it doesn’t get much more cheerful than that. you can buy some of her prints at Ohh Deer and Deer Brains, and original work at Art Wednesday.
you might already know of Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen from the work she’s done for renowned fashion magazines and fashion houses the likes of Carven & Missoni. her most beautiful visuals, in my opinion, is a series called Flamboya which was shot in Kenya (where she spent part of her childhood) Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. the name is taken from the red blossomed Flamboyant tree which grows across East and South Africa.
when i think about how little i have travelled in Africa, a continent i’ve lived on for the better part of 30 years, i am actually pretty ashamed of myself. part of that can be to blame on the fact that i’m just a little bit of a lazy traveller. it’s easy to jump on a plane and book into hotels or backpackers in Europe. it’s just easy. (saving up for that flight to europe is not to easy, though). Africa is hard, in more ways than one. you need to have a pinch of the adventurer in you to deal with the interesting modes of transport and long drives, or dodgy bus trips, to get where you want to go. but once you’re there… man, is it worth it.
i’m so excited to share these photos of our trip to the bush! a lot of what we saw couldn’t be captured on film – the animals are simply too fast for you sometimes, and most of the time they’re too far away to get a great shot – unless you have a telephoto lens (and you’ll see a lot of people with SERIOUS lenses in the park, trying to get that perfect shot). our best moments were experienced through binoculars – which are an essential item to have if you’re ever considering a trip to Kruger (or any game park in Africa).