31.10.14

| Creatures | Simba vs Twiga


Around this time of year, our minds habitually return to east Africa where the sun is shining, mangos and pineapples are ripening and the days have a more sensible length. So with these feelings in mind, we thought we would take you on a sort of safari today. 

When we go on safari there are 2 animals that we really look forward to seeing - both are quite easy to find and we are never disappointed.

Hiro loves giraffes ('twiga' in Swahili). He is in awe of their size, their statuesque elegance and the  undulating way in which they move. They have an air of being so chilled out and at ease with themselves yet the truth is that they are always vigilant and never miss a trick.

I love lions ('simba' in swahili). I am in awe of the mighty vibes that they give out, their natural arrogance and their formidable power. They know that they are king of the savannah. And when they let out that low guttural growl that they do, my skin shivers into goosebumps. Awesome in the truest sense of the word.

































Lions and giraffes aside, there is one animal we BOTH cross everything to catch a glimpse of and that is the Cheetah. When you see a cheetah in the wild, they seem so small, so fragile in the vastness of the savannah and when compared to the other animals that share their hunting grounds. Yes they maybe speedy but they cannot rely on speed alone so they are always on edge. Yet they are to us a symbol of survival. They have so much to contend with, their battle is great and unrelenting but they still survive and we love a surviver. 

So, are you with Hiro and his tower of giraffes? Or perhaps my pride of lions is more to your liking? Maybe you are also taken in by the tear-marks of the cheetah? Let us know!

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Location Notes: These photos were all taken by Hiro during various trips to Tanzania. Some were taken in Mikumi National Park and some in Serengeti National Park.

26 comments:

  1. I want to be like these lazy lions in the shade having a sleep, yesssss :))) So perfect xx

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  2. I with Hiro on this, giraffes are so elegant and serene.

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  3. ooh I'm with you on this one! i have an obsession with these big cats ( + tigers!!), if only you could see my desktop wallpapers collection haha. rawrr x

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  4. I'm in the Hiro camp on this one, I too love giraffes. I like everthing about them - their size, their almost playful places and their "just chilling up in these trees" attitude. Hollie said if I was an animal it would be a giraffe too.

    Buckets & Spades

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  5. I love lions as well.They just have that knowing look in their eyes :) To give Hiro some credit, Giraffes have that look of elegance down pat!

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  6. Oo this is so hard! Naturally as a cat lover, lions fascinate me, they are beautiful, one of my cats Sapphy reminds me of lion but..when I was at South Africa, Hoedspirit for few weeks staying at the middle of the wild bush I woke up and stepped out of the hut, the giraffe was right there, really close to me walking past as if it was saying hello. I was in awe! It moved so elegantly and slowly... really difficult to express my amazement on that very morning but this moment has really stuck in my mind. So..can I choose both? :-)

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  7. What a beautiful description of the cheetah. Great photos from the national parks, especially the closeups of the giraffe behind the tree and first lion. I think I'd be in awe seeing any of these animals!

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  8. Going on safari is at the TOP of my bucket list. It's a hard one but I gotta go with lions, especially lionesses, they are so fierce!

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  9. I think I recognize you from twitter. anyways, thanks for visiting my blog! I appreciate your comment :) this was a really interesting post, I think I like lions and cheetahs a little more than giraffes :)
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  10. I am with both of you! :) Beautiful post.

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  11. Personally, I will always love big cats best - giraffes have a certain majesty, it's true, but lions truly are the kings of the jungle (and when they're small, they're so fluffy!)
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. I think I'm a giraffe girl but not by much as I'm a lover of all cats! Giraffe just kill me though, I love their awkward grandness :)

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  13. Wow beautiful Yasumi. I dig the cheetah. I love a survivor, too. :)

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  14. wow these photos are just amazing! seriously beautiful! and I'm with you, I love lions!
    xo

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  15. Nice choice Jane - Cheetahs are beautiful! Those tear marks pull at my heart every time.

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  16. Giraffes are so great aren't they - with their loooooooooong sticky icky tongues and the funny faces that they pull?

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  17. They are! They smell like it to though Cee. Seriously!! Cubs are so cute -so fearless in their youth. I like that. To be born without fear xxxx

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  18. Hello Samantha! Thank you for visiting us. Ha! Glad you like the big cats too!

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  19. RIght? Lionesses are the awesome - they can do it all!!

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  20. Seeing wild animals is the most amazing thing. I grew up seeing them every weekend so took it for granted, But to see them live - in their home, hunt, survive and play....it's just so beautiful!

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  21. WOW!!!! What a beautiful experience Katrina.

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  22. Trust you Mat! Hiro is well happy that you are getting the giraffe vibe! Hahaha Hollie is ace! I think if Hiro was an animal he would be a leopard. Solitary and cool with it- with lots of time for sleeping and chilling out in high places!

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  23. You too!!??? They are very handsome creatures and unlike any other!

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