Africa: The Big Five

One of the highlights of my recent trip in South Africa was a visit to a wild animal reserve about 2-hours away from Cape Town. Africa is known for the Big Five game animals though I always thought that the giraffe should be on this list but the lion, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros and the elephant completes the list.  And after this ‘wildlife’ tour, I wanted to include even the zebra and the hippos.

The term big 5 was coined by hunters and not because they are all big literally (of course the elephant is huge), but because they are the most difficult animals to hunt and the degree of danger involved.  The big 5 are believed to be among the most dangerous yet very popular for big game hunters. Which I hope is no longer a popular past-time for hunters !

African Bush Elephant Big5 Cape Buffalo big5 lion Big5 leopard Big5 rhinocerosAfrica now uses the Big 5 for marketing purposes, thus my collection of key chains and ref magnets after the tour aside from the wonderful photos I took.  The Big five animals can be found in South Africa, Botswana, Congo, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and Uganda.

These Big 5 however can be found from the Aquila Private Game Reserve, http://www.aquilasafari.com

Dubai, Dubai !

Dubai, Dubai !

Dubai is probably the city in the world that I’ve seen the most but have never actually been. I took this aerial shot while on board a flight to Cape Town, South Africa. I want to think that I’ve captured it well. I really hope to be able to step foot in the streets of Dubai soon. That would be wonderful.

Travel Theme: Bridges

What better way to get back to blogging after two months of hiatus than to showcase the bridges that I’ve seen and crossed.  Thanks to one of my favorite blog sites, Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? for a wonderful theme that enticed me to go back to my usual blogging self.

I have always been fascinated with bridges.  I remember back as a kid, I made bridges out of my father’s cassette tapes and let my toy cars pass thru them. He would get mad at me when he hears I drop or crash any of those precious tapes.  Oh, what great memories!

Now, I pass through bridges regardless whether they are narrow or wide, long or short, old or new.  But just like when I was a kid, I am still fascinated.

I have a dozen photos of various bridges but these were the only ones I get to upload.  My humble sharing in this week’s travel theme.

Sydney Australia's Darling Harbor
Sydney Australia’s Darling Harbor
At the canals of Amsterdam
At the canals of Amsterdam
Mandaue City Cebu in the Philippines
Mandaue City Cebu in the Philippines
Harbor Bridge Australia
Harbor Bridge Australia
Alexander Bridge in Paris
Alexander Bridge in Paris

Oh what a great feeling to be able to blog again ! Until next time.