Lions, elephants, warthogs – the traffic jam you don’t want to avoid

Living on the other side of the world makes it a bit challenging when it comes to keeping in touch with your friends and family.

Even though there are many ways to communicate online today, one cannot fully explain in details the life and atmosphere in Africa, and especially in the case of such a big and diverse country like South Africa.

However, the last two months have been very busy: two groups of friends came over, and each time we spent about a week on safari in Kruger Park.

The second time I even got to practice my ranger skills as we mostly did self-drives and I have to say that it went much better than we expected: we managed to spot all animals from the Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo) in one day!

This was the first and only time I saw the Big Five in one day for more than two years of living in Africa!

Yaaayy! Lekker!

Also, it’s also pretty amazing that my cute super low city car survived the whole experience without a single scratch! ( but driving an old pickup truck is the way to go really).

We mainly explored the area around Crocodile Bridge Gate, and this is also the area with the highest density of animals in the park. My friends got a bit confused after we saw the Big Five in their first safari ever and then it got a bit more difficult in the next few days – but each day was very different, and we had many amazing close encounters with different animals.

For a self-drive, the most popular morning safari route is Crocodile Bridge Gate to Lower Sabie – I definitely recommend it because it’s always easy to spot the animals and there is a high likelihood that you would see a whole herd of 30-40-50 elephants as you get to Sabie River, especially around noon.

The cats typically start hunting in the evening, eat until sunrise and then usually go to sleep.

Lions are relatively easy to find as many of them move in prides but leopards are really, really difficult to spot.

A small lion pride feeling lazy before the evening hunt.

Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and sometimes rhinos like to stay close to the road, and you can even see them walking on the main roads – so it’s very important that you stick to the speed limits. The picture below shows a herd of elephants crossing the road on their way for a mud bath.

Spotted hyenas are also likely to stay close to the road.

This is a very pregnant hyena sunbathing on the road. I don’t know how many puppies she’s expecting but it looks like a big litter:

Staying in a tent is another useful safari tip: there are some very basic ones, as well as really beautiful luxury tented camps, but in both cases the tents have one big advantage: they are bug-proof! Now of course I’m sure a lot of girls would appreciate that, especially since it also keeps the mosquitoes away – pretty important as there are some malaria cases in Kruger Park.

Hearing the animals walking around your tent at night is also pretty exciting , as it is seeing a bunch of monkeys fighting on the roof of the tent. Or simply waking up from the roars of a lion.

The picture below shows a warthog mom looking for her babies. They’re not in my tent lady!

See the first pictures from Two Arrows – my first South African film 🎥

I always knew that there were many talented South Africans and I always believed in the skills and creativity of my team, and yet I was still surprised by their enthusiasm and level of competence.

We're just done shooting and starting the post production process but I wanted to share a few pictures from Two Arrows.

I suppose this is the right time to say thank you to the South African Kyudo Dojo and to our film school AFDA, and of course to all of our good friends that supported this project.

Test shoot for my first film in South Africa – “Two Arrows”

A famous South African author is offered a fortune by a rich American to turn his memories into a novel.

As the woman from the story takes shape, the writer realizes he needs to face his past…
Genre: Romantic drama

Release date: 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWJuYz3llf8&feature=share

My First South African Film

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The film is inspired by Kyudo (the Japanese archery) and the Zen philosophy, starring some of the best young South African actors.
The crew is made up of talented and dedicated people from different African and European countries.

“Two Arrows” tells a very unusual love story.
A famous South African author is offered a fortune by a rich American to turn his memories into a novel.

As the woman from the story takes shape, the writer realizes he needs to face his past…
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Story Synopsis

Felix is a famous South African novelist.

These days he has retired from the outside world.

He is living in his own Universe and is generally feeling very zen.

Except that he can’t write a good story anymore.

Until one day, a rich American, Jason, arrives at his house as he is practicing kyudo.

Jason offers him a lot of money to write a novel which would be based on Jason’s love story with his wife.

He starts sending him letters with his memories. At first Felix refuses to tell his story in a book but later he starts reading the letters and decides that they would make a great novel.

And just when he feels that his inspiration has come back, Felix finds out that the story is about Jason and his wife, Alice, who happens to be Felix’s ex-wife.

Felix tries to destroy Jason’s letters and the novel but there is one letter from Jason to Alice that Felix has not read, in which Jason asks her to keep the letters as a memory of their love and reveals that he has cancer.

Felix realizes that this is his chance to apologize to Alice for what he had done to her in the past, so he saves Jason’s letters and publishes the novel.

In the end Alice and Felix meet at the book’s launch.

Please support my film at:
https://igg.me/at/2arrows/x/16922518

Every share would also be highly appreciated!

Thank you good people 🙂

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Sleeping in the Desert 

Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

Four hours of driving and we passed only two very small towns on the way from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to the Namib Desert. 

We stopped in Solitaire – an interesting place known for its cars drowning in the sand.
I was seventeen when I went to Egypt and saw the desert for the first time: a million stars in the sky and I thought the sand came from another planet. Some nights I still wish I could go back to this moment just to feel it twice.

We don’t have the luxury of going back in time but this was a new and beautiful opportunity to experience something close to it and yet – so different.

Namib was incredible. I felt the same way again – smaller than nothing, standing in front of the old sand dunes.

I never really understood what was so special about the sunsets until I came to Africa – the sky here is just different and the horizon stands much lower.
We slept in a tented lodge and this is definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences ever.

A view through the window of the tent:


It was extremely cold at night and very windy – although it wasn’t supposed to be like that. 

The good thing is that the tent and the nets keep the incests away, so if you don’t want to share a bed with a scorpion, this is a great option (much better than a room but definitely not as comfortable in terms of temperature).


There are a few people living and working in the lodge and they were all very nice. The chef was taking his job seriously – the food was really delicious, the main specialty was Oryx – a type of antelope, huge and with big horns.

We also met Meowie – the local cat hero who fights scorpions and cobras. He was the cutest kitten ever and he had survived several poisonous attacks. He managed to sneak in one night and purr on the bed – I love cats, so that was a great surprise for me.


I believe Namibia could be a very interesting and beautiful honeymoon destination too, especially during the summer season (most of the year).
Don’t miss the sign Tropic of Capricorn on the way to Swakopmund – after all, there are only two tropics in the world 🙂

Namib Desert

I was thinking of the fox in the “Little Prince” as I was leaving the Namib Desert and there he was, right in front of me.He winked at me.

I saw many mirages that day but this wasn’t one of them. It was so surreal that I had to make sure I took enough photos.

You probably remember this part:

“So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near –

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . .”

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.”


It made so much sense in the desert – and it happened just as I was leaving Namib. In my previous post I mentioned that Namibia was a magical place.

One doesn’t go to the desert just like that. Most people prefer to go to Paris or Venice or a fly to a tropical island with white sand and turquoise water.

The desert is a special place where you are all by yourself and your inner demons; there you can set them free.

Have you ever felt the same way during some of your travels?

MY DOG SAVED ME FROM A MAN WHO TRIED TO ATTACK ME TODAY 

It happened today, on a beautiful and warm Sunday morning.

I have two big dogs, a Japanese Akita Inu called Yuki and a Golden Retriever puppy (7months old) called Neo.


So because they are big and strong dogs and I only weigh 50kg, I usually like to walk them separately.

I went to the park with Neo and he played with two small dogs. As most Golden Retrievers, he is an extremely nice and friendly dog.

We were walking back home when I heard steps. 

Someone was walking behind me. I didn’t suspect anything as I knew that my neighborhood is one of the safest in the whole city and it was 11 o’clock in the morning. 

Neo felt that something wasn’t right, so he started barking and growling at the guy that was walking behind me. He said “hi” and they continued speaking in another language. I quickly said “hi” and tried to ignore him, I was just one street away from my house.

He wanted to steal my bag, so he told me to give it to him. I refused and he tried to attack me but my puppy stood in front of him and barked and growled. I shouted at him to go away and a neighbor heard me and Neo, so he came out. The idiot walked away as if nothing happened.

I’m sure he would have managed to attack me if my dog hadn’t protected me.

People think that Golden Retrievers are too nice to attack and but they would definitely protect their family. Of course he wouldn’t have attempted an attack if my Akita was also with us but Neo has a brave heart too.

Thank you Neo, my hero puppy ❤️❤️❤️