I had a great time at Pakamisa (www.pakamisa.com)!
I enjoyed the birding course with Prof. Ian MacDonald, learning a lot about the birds in Kwazulu Natal and – despite the very rainy weather – I got some good bird shots. Staying at this beautiful place in the Zululand hills, enjoying the excellent cuisine and the five star service is a treat. And, as always on Pakamisa, I had the opportunity to take some good horse images.
I was only a bit disappointed that the weather did not allow for my first horse ride. Pakamisa acquired recently a horse which is strong enough to carry a portly gentleman as myself :-).
Well, I hope to be back at Pakamisa soon and I hope the weather will be good enough for my first horse ride 🙂
Picture above: Scarlet-chested Sunbird feeding in the Pakamisa lodge garden.
Two of Pakamisa’s Arabians. Baracka (a mare) on the left and her full brother Jamaal.
“My horse” at Pakamisa. This beautiful crossbred between a Thoroughbred and a Shire named Badger is strong enough for me to ride. I am looking forward to my first ride!
A Ostrich portrait taken in the rain at Pakamisa.
Baby Ostriches grow very fast. The seven youngsters are only three month old, but already almost as tall as their parents.
I (on the left) learned a lot about birds during the course with Prof. Ian MacDonald (on the right).
A Pakamisa bird party. These Weavers and Quelea enjoyed the leftovers from the Ostrich feeding.
A Golden-breasted Bunting chick calling to be fed!