Birthday in the Bush!

Today I have celebrated my fiftieth birthday with a morning drive in the reserve (I am still learning the roads :-).

On the drive I ran into this Elephant bull at a small waterhole. He just had finished a “muddy”-bath and was resting from his labors. Looking at his size he could be my age, another gentleman in his best years!

On the same drive I took the picture of an African Hoopoe (picture below).

In the early afternoon I had an excellent massage at Thanda’s beautiful spa and then a relaxing break at one of the guest rooms (called villas, a much better name for those luxurious rooms), where I will also spend my birthday night. I am sitting in the lounge now writing this blog message. Dinner is soon to be served, and I am looking forward to it. The picture below shows the small pool and the the “day-bed in the trees” of my villa.

A quiet birthday in the African Bush with many good wishes from all over the world, a great way to turn fifty!

Thanks for all the birthday calls and messages!



30 Replies to “Birthday in the Bush!”

  1. HappyBirthday! It looks wonderful there. We are enjoying your blogs and beautiful pictures. The. best to you from us. Bud and Shirley Johnson

  2. Let me add my voice to the chorus of well wisher! All the best to you, Chris!
    Happy Birthday!

  3. You’re description of the spa and villa is a far cry from the vision I had about “living in the bush”! Happy Birthday, and have a piece of cake for me!

  4. Happy birthday Christian. What a lovely gift for your 50th birthday to move over to Thanda. Take care. Goldstein (from August 2010 5-day workshop)

  5. Christian, how great it is for you to take us daily on our own personal safari. I enjoy the blog every day–keep them coming. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate a birthday–50th or otherwise. Happy birthday.

  6. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday Christian. Although I don’t know you personally I feel like I do through your wonderful blog !! Enjoy your special day but then every day must be special
    when living Africa. Greetings from Tucson, Arizona..

  7. Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Sounds wonderful! Thanks again for sharing your adventures and the beautiful pictures!

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Christian,Looks like a great way to celebrate your fiftieth year,or any of them for that matter.What a way to spend the day! How weird, I didn’t know your birthdate,and for the past few days it crossed my mind several times and I didn’t know why, just too weird. May tomorrow be even better than today.
    I like the African hoopoe, it’s pretty and very unusual kind of bird that I get to see.

  9. Christian, your passion for Thanda shows in your beautiful photos. Happy Birthday to someone who has found his element. Aren’t you glad that 50 is the new 30!

    Alice from Nashville.

  10. Hope your birthday was a GREAT one!! From your pictures, it looks devine! Yep, just in the prime of life. I enjoyed your mud-covered elephant shot! Interesting comparison Hope you have fifty more , if you want!.

  11. Wishing you a Happy Birthday…and oh how peaceful it must have been to spend the night there in that villa….I bet the night sounds were nice too. Even if I don’t say anything on each photo , I want you to know that I really do enjoy and appreciate each and everyone, because there is not a chance that I will ever get to that part of the world.

    Take care

  12. Happy day to you keep the photos coming best part of my day thanks again for sharing your life with all of us

  13. Happy Birthday, Christian! It sounds like you had a most excellent birthday. Wishing you many more!

  14. I just returned from a Tauck safari to TANZANIA :Arusha,Tarangire NAT Park,Lake Manyara Nat Park,Ngorongoro Crater,Olduvai Gorge,Serengeti Nat Park,Zanzibar. Great trip and i got 2000 pictures of most of the animals except the Rhino. The Nashville shoot ( Cookeville Camera Club ) with you was a great help getting great shots of the animals. I was most appalled at the living conditions there and happy to see the efforts getting fresh water to the people ! I enjoy reading your blogs in the THANDA area now !!! Keep up your good work !

  15. Happy Belated Birthday Christian. How will you ever top this one on your 51st! Keep celebrating your wonderful and beautiful life. I so enjoy your blog and look forward to it each day that I am in town.
    Fran (Memphis)

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