Lumley, shall we go find some rhino? [short story]

The excitement of seeing the elephants kept Lumley and me going as we trundled down the river bed towards the coast and the ‘Kop. A day later and I could see the bridge crossing the river, it was time to say good bye to the river and head into town. I stopped to breath in…

Botswana – Moremi Game Reserve (part 2)

As the sun started heading towards the horizon, it was time to get back to South Gate camp, set up a tent and prepare the evening meal. While we were sitting around the fire, we spotted a honey badger circling around our camp site; fortunately, it was only passing through, these small animals are scary…

Chasing Butterflies [short story]

The sun was heading towards the horizon, maybe another 2 hours of daylight left, so the boy had to get a move on. He wanted to go down to the river, about a 15 minute walk down the hill through a settlement where the kids always came running out to tell him what they had…

A Shadow of my Selfie

A while ago a long-term relationship came to an end and with it nearly me; well, I am still here… with some thoughts, musings, reflections on what I refer to as the “dark place” or “my crash”. First and foremost, I would not be here without the help and support of some amazing people, many…

Botswana – Moremi Game Reserve (part 1)

This post has been sitting in my draft folder for far too long, so here goes: In 2012 I undertook my first visit to Botswana, borrowing a car from Junior, my little sister, and her hubby who live near Windhoek, Namibia. This proved to be “godsend” for our Botswana trip as we got a Range…

Masai Mara – the adventure continues

Following on from the previous blog [https://alfredthumser.com/2017/09/17/masai-mara-kenya-day-1/], after lunch we headed towards the Mara river where we walked along the river bank accompanied, by a game ranger, observing hippo and crocodile sunbathing, while carcasses kept floating past. Fortunately, the crocodiles were on the opposite bank, apparently they know that tourists are coming and they prefer it a…