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Every year it's the same. When the days begin to shorten we start discussing our holiday, which is mostly in December. And every year the answer to Hans' question of where I would like to go is met with the same answer: Africa! For the last 3 years it has been the gorgeous Mala Mala area in South Africa. A private game reserve I've really lost my heart to.

Also every year Hans protests and asks me if I think that 'money grows on our backs'.. :-)


So, I wait…. And I stay quiet (with difficulties, I can tell you, but still..) Until maybe in November the man decides… :-)

That has worked fine with us for the last couple of years because I know that in the end, Africa’s call will grow louder in his head and he will give in..


But this year it has been made very very hard for me to wait until Hans is finally ready. It started in April when Mala Mala’s ranger Dean sent me an email with gorgeous shots of the Kikelezi Female Leopard’s new born triplets. And just this morning, when we were having breakfast with some good friends of ours that spent the weekend, I received an email of Max, who is visiting Mala Mala at the moment, sending a teaser preview of what he had shot during last night’s game drive… (although the man is perfectly horrible for frustrating me like that (:-)), you might want to keep an eye out for his stream by the time he’s back from his trip, because I know there are gorgeous shots to come!)


Ladies, any ideas on how I can make Hans decide quicker?


Above is a shot of the same Kikelezi Female Leopard. She was guarding her cub while hyenas were patiently trotting up and down underneath, hoping that the cub would drop the prey from the tree mum had hauled it up in. One snarl was enough to make the hyenas keep a safe distance.. She really is one hell of a leopard lady!!


Ah. and no flash used. Just the flashlight of the tracker. 1000 iso and 1/125sec.


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Taken on December 15, 2008