Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Out of Africa....(Uganda)

Safari inspiration from the Pearl of Africa.....


Lucy..........





Dream away with me and let the magical beauty of Mother Africa and the spirit of a safari capture your soul through this favorite disney song of mine...Enjoy :-))))

spent a couple of nights here at the Paraa Safari lodge.

We spend so much time indoors in winter that one needs a home in which they feel inspired.
I’m the kind of person that would decorate my house every different season of the year if i had a chance to. Unfortunately for me this rarely happens .... there is always something more important to do ...

I am therefore usually left to dream, dream & dream... i have to say though, once in a while i get to realise these dreams ...

One of the decor styles i have forever been in love with is the Safari Colonial decor style .
To me it represents the afroeuro essence ... A number of european accents combined with an african touch giving it all an exotic elegance ...

what better place would you pick your inspirations than a safari lodge in Africa?


spent a day here at the Chobe Safari Lodge.

On my last trip to Uganda i took hubby on a tour of one of the biggest National parks in the country .. The Murchisonfalls National park in the Northwest, & while there, we stayed a couple of nights at the Paraa Safari lodge. The safari d├ęcor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie "The African Queen" (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart). Click here to check out this lodge

We later on spent a day at the Chobe Safari Lodge before heading back to Kampala.
 The Chobe Safari Lodge is located in the Murchison Falls National Park, this Five Star lodge is undoubtedly the gem in Uganda's crown of tourism destinations. The breathtaking panoramic views, coupled with the sounds of the River Nile's magnificent rapids, sets the scene for an adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors.
Chobe Safari Lodge offers a unique opportunity to sample the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna; all in an area of the park that has yet to be discovered. This area of Murchison Falls National Park is ideal for fishing, and will revive this newly refurbished lodge to become one of the best fishing destinations in Africa.
CNN Go votes Chobe Health club as 5th Best Gym With a View in the WORLD! (source:website of lodge)


Below are some of my impressions....  hope you find them as inspiring as i did. I fell instantly in love with the safari/colonial style of the interior decors at these lodges. It was truely a perfect blend of the "Afro meets Euro" style :-)))



welcome to the Chobe Safari Lodge with its breath taking view.....we really loved it out there :-)))

Reception at Chobe lodge


love the safari-colonial style

Look at those ostrich egg shells used as lampshades .... beautiful...

The zebra lounge
I love their choice of colours too!

outside checking out the tents......yes, these are camping tents :-)


love the traditional style added to these tents....
 
and the very modern interiors.....this is a perfect blend of Afro meets Euro :-))


Welcome to the Paraa Lodge....here we had a longer stay and got to see the animals
entrance into rooms

on a boat ride and see who we found basking in the sun........:-)

the waterfall was quite loud :-))


watch out :-))

what a sight.....he came really really close to our jeep :-))

a herd of buffalos

relaxing on our path so we had to make a stop......but it was such an overwhelming feeling having them that close

and suddenly the scrubs were moving and see who came out :-))

my hubby´s favorite of all.....The Happy Hippo he calls them :-)

it felt good coming back to the lodge after an early & long day with the animals ( my dressing table in the room) :-))

Hope you did enjoy exploring my home country with me. I wish you all a great weekend. Be good until we meet again :-))


click here for more photos of our adventures


from "Deutschland" with luv,

Nakutana

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

longing for warm and sunny days....


My beautiful and always sunny "Birth City" Limbe.

Donna..........

watching the sunset in Limbe(Victoria)...

I am sitting at my desk, staring at the window and outside i can see a bright blue sky and the sun is shining really bright today too....hhhhmm sounds just like a perfect day to get out and about right??? Yeah right!!! looks can be deceiving :-) Nevertheless, it is truely a picture perfect view but only through the window though......step one foot outside and bang!!! it is -3 Celsius /°C. Gosh!!! i cant stand this cold any longer. I really want the warmth of the sun and not just an illusion of a sunny day :-((((

this was the view i woke up to everyday....

i have this special & magical connection with the ocean


the power of these waves will be forever a part of my soul


moi at my last visit to Limbe.....




I know I might begin to sound like a broken record ..…with this wistful feeling deep in my soul wishing it was Spring already but honestly, I am not a winter person.   I love….no strike that…I live for color.  I love to see the world in bold and vibrant colours only. The greyness of winter with the liveless trees and withered plants is slowly driving me crazy.

Maybe something in me is trying to say move to a place without winter. But then again, i would miss the beauty in the changing of the seasons and in a strange way, i will also miss the cold and dreary winter.....aint that funny how the mind works?? :-)
I guess for today, i will settle for the illusion afterall. I will just sit back and "mind-travel" somewhere warm, sunny and bright. There is no better place for this like my beautiful, very colourful, always warm and sunny "Birth-City" in motherland...Africa!!! On dreary days like today, i would glady be back in africa.



remnants of a landing bridge from the german colonial  days

my world......i feel so alive when i see the ocean, i must have been a mermaid in my past life :-)))

I was born and grew up in a little coastal seaside city called Limbe.  Limbe is an OPEC city (organisation of petroleum exporting countries). The Atlantic port city of Limbe, formerly known as Victoria, is on the southwest coast of the Republic of Cameroon between West and Central Africa. The official language is English, although French is often spoken due to the city's geographic proximity to Douala, where the official language is French. Most of the population speaks Cameroonian Pidgin English. The native language of the region is Bakweri or Mokpwe. Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range(Mount Cameroon also called Mount Fako). Black sand beaches make Limbe one of two coastal towns that are popular among Western tourists. The Limbe Wildlife Centre and Limbe Botanical Gardens are also notable attractions.

Welcome to my Birth City




Mile 6 Beach ....i practically spent all my free time out here.......i was a real "beach girl" :-)

my old neighbourhood......in this house i spent the most beautiful years of my teenage life :-)

i luv my beach

checking out my former job.....i really miss my job as a "Ship Management Agent"
off to the farmer´s market to get some local groceries

along the way i could not resist getting some of this Sugar Cane :-))

got some fresh fruits too.....the red ones are local apples :-)))

my all time favorite local meal....called "Fufu & Eru".



Gorillas relaxing in the Limbe Zoo-Sanctuary

entrance into the Botanical Gardens.....i luv to go here to enjoy the nature all around

very old palms

path leading to the "Jungle Village"

Jungle Village.....an open air theater were traditional festivals mostly take place.

an exotic experiment in the Botanic Garden Research Center.... locally called Star Fruit

my hubby in front of an amazing tree :-))

traditional festival in Jungle Village with dances from all over the country

a dance from the "Baka Pygmies" from the east province

a dance called "Asiko"

a colourful dance from the north-west province

a dance from the North province


Hope you all did enjoy my "mind-travel" and got to escape the cold cold weather outside even if only for a while.......Stay cool until we meet again.


click here for more photos of our adventures



From "Deutschland" with luv,

Nakutana