Botswana Bush Tea and Shortbread

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This post is long overdue. When we were on a safari last spring, besides photographing animals, I certainly shot a lot of food photos. If you are a foodie, and a traveler, and adventurer, HURRY and take a trip like this.  Warning, African safaris are as uncomfortable as they are comfortable.  “UN” because you freeze. And sweat. And are dirty. And wind whipped. And in pain from bumpy vehicles. And achy from crawling in and out of land rovers. But “comfortable,” because you feel special, and are continually delighted, and well-fed. Case in point, the custom of stopping for afternoon tea in the bush is luverly.

tea in sepiaOur Land Rovers were equipped with a fold-down grill for lunch and tea. And cookies, like shortbreads. When I asked the chef for her recipe, I didn’t notice until I got home that she gave me the recipe for a week’s worth of cookies, starting with 8 cups of flour. So, no recipe for you, but let me share a great sighting, this splendid lioness, below. That is not a zoom photo, she was right there. When it became a challenge to take animal photos in a way to make one as memorable as another, I switched on occasion to shooting in sepia. Gorgeous.

Lion in sepiaYou do NOT really want to see our vacation photos. Yes, I know that for a fact. Boring as hell to look at other peoples’ pix. I took a bazillion and continually culled to keep my favs, deleting probably 100 each day.  “OMG, why would you delete photos from your safari??”  Well, I learned from a safari we took a few years ago that thousands of photos, I rarely review.  A few hundred, I do. I really don’t need hundreds of elephants, but my pix got better as the days went on. 

IMG_6588Below are species we encountered (six hour layover in Johannesburg gave us time to compose a proper list). We didn’t get pix of everything – animals are funny about being here one second and gone the next. My leopard sighting was a mere blink – I saw those spotted haunches slink into the bush. And our hopes for cheetah and rhino didn’t materialize. But, DANG, looky at my list of critters we really, truly saw – and could IDENTIFY when we saw them a second time.

  • African fish eagle
  • African jacana
  • African spoonbill
  • Agama lizard
  • Baboon
  • Banded mongoose
  • Bat eared fox
  • Black backed jackal
  • Blacksmith plover
  • Brown snake eagle
  • Burchell’s zebra
  • Cape buffalo
  • Cattle egret
  • Chameleon
  • Common waterbuck
  • Crested francolin
  • Crocodile
  • Egyptian goose
  • Eland
  • Elephant
  • Giant eagle owl
  • Giraffe
  • Greater kudu
  • Grey crowned crane
  • Grey duiker
  • Grey go-away bird
  • Grey hornbill
  • Ground hornbill
  • Ground squirrel
  • Hadeda ibis
  • Hamerkop
  • Helmeted guineafowl
  • Hippopotamus
  • Impala
  • Kori bustard
  • Leopard
  • Leopard tortoise
  • Lesser bushbaby
  • Lilac breasted roller
  • Lion
  • Little bee-eater
  • Marabou stork
  • Monitor lizard
  • Ostrich
  • Pearl spotted owl
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Red lechwe
  • Reed cormorant
  • Roan antelope
  • Sable antelope
  • Secretarybird
  • Side striped jackal
  • Spotted hyena
  • Springbok
  • Springhare
  • Steenbok
  • Tawny eagle
  • Tree squirrel
  • Vervet monkey
  • Warthog
  • White backed vulture
  • White faced duck
  • Wild dog
  • Wildebeest
  • Yellow billed hornbill


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1 Michele Walker November 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for sharing this Patti- enjoyed. That list is amazing! I can sense the beauty of what you saw from these pics.

2 Worth The Whisk October 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

Hi Pam and Mal, always love to hear from our fellow travelers. Our Antarctica trip together is still a treasured memory, especially spending Christmas and New Years with AUSSIES. Great fun. Meeting up with the sister ship in the middle of nowhere was an experience I hope to never forget.

3 Pam and Mal Sandon October 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Patti, Always enjoy reading your emails and this time we just loved the photos. I rmember Larry was a good photographer but now I know that you are. How special to see a lioness that close. The list of species you saw swwmed unbelievable, but then we went through what we saw while we were in Africa in 2000 and realised that we too saw many. We have had a few more sedate holidays of late – UK and Scotland ( with walking and golf); France planned for 2011. Thanks for the memories that your travels evoke. Pam and Mal, the Aussies you met in Antarctica

4 Worth The Whisk October 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Karen, thanks for the comment. I just love seeing a handful of our photos from time to time, I really step right back into the scene. Good times!

5 Karen Guerra October 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Patti, hard to believe it’s been five months since all of us were on safari together! Hardly a day goes by without my remembering someone or something from this trip.

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