My First Safari: Timothy (age 7)

My First Safari: Timothy (age 7)

I took this photo of the boys looking out the window at a waterbuck

I took this photo of the boys looking out the window at a waterbuck

Last Saturday, Jordan, Ben, and I went on a mini safari at the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Chikwawa, Malawi (more on this later). We brought our friend Idana, who drove for us, and his son Timothy. It was Timothy's first safari and I gave him my iPhone so he could take pictures. The results were awesome! I loved scrolling through a day's worth of photos from the perspective of a seven year old boy. To go on safari is a bucket list item for many people, so to have the opportunity to bring Timothy and give him a camera to record his own memories was such a fun experiment!

While Jordan was frantically trying to get compelling photos of elephants, warthogs, and kudu, at one point even climbing out the window of the car and up onto the roof to get a clear shot, Timothy was taking pictures of Benja, the car, his nose, his dad, the ground, more Benja! I think in the 100s of photos Timothy took on the day (lots and lots of photo bursts), maybe less than a quarter were actually of animals, haha!! But he took pictures of the things that mattered to him and that he enjoyed: meeting a new friend (Benja) and spending the day with his dad. I know from Idana that Timothy went home and told lots of stories to his friends about the animals he saw, but if you only looked at his photos, you maybe wouldn't even never know he went on safari!!

The second I started scrolling through my phone, I knew I wanted to do a blog post just to highlight the safari from Timothy's point of view. If you want to see Jordan's awesome photos, wait for a later post; this post is going to be all pictures, and from the perspective of a seven year old boy on his first safari!! Enjoy:  


22405743_10155176058770326_7250431921569784841_n.jpg
FullSizeRender 2.jpg
22405670_10155176058775326_6796409287546300524_n.jpg
22449672_10155176058495326_3800970617560043340_n.jpg
22406182_10155176058270326_6952904430726686892_n.jpg
Jordan took this photo of the boys together! Timo has a little sister Ben's age, so he is so great with him and knows how to play all the silly baby games! They had a screaming contest, a slap fight, they played with JackJack the puppy, and he helped Ben look out the window to see the animals! Such a sweet big brother!! 

Jordan took this photo of the boys together! Timo has a little sister Ben's age, so he is so great with him and knows how to play all the silly baby games! They had a screaming contest, a slap fight, they played with JackJack the puppy, and he helped Ben look out the window to see the animals! Such a sweet big brother!! 

22449645_10155176058370326_6238264086041411820_n.jpg
IMG_3479.JPG
22528265_10155176058020326_4185671009531000813_n.jpg
FullSizeRender 4.jpg
IMG_3354.JPG
IMG_3370.JPG
FullSizeRender 3.jpg
FullSizeRender 5.jpg
IMG_1476.JPG
IMG_3526.JPG
It took him a long time to figure out how to hold the camera to avoid taking shots of his own fingers!!

It took him a long time to figure out how to hold the camera to avoid taking shots of his own fingers!!

Not really sure what happened here...

Not really sure what happened here...

I think Jordan or Idana took this one! 

I think Jordan or Idana took this one! 

IMG_3557.JPG
IMG_3492.JPG
IMG_3583.JPG
IMG_3798.JPG
IMG_3826.JPG
IMG_3803.JPG
Ok, Timo didn't take these two of Benja, but they are too cute not to share!! 

Ok, Timo didn't take these two of Benja, but they are too cute not to share!! 

Timo was so great with Benja! Here he is holding him up so he can see the elephants!!

Timo was so great with Benja! Here he is holding him up so he can see the elephants!!

IMG_3540.JPG
IMG_3377.JPG
IMG_3603.JPG
Timo didn't take this photo either; Jordan did! But Timo loved playing with JackJack the puppy and each time Jordan stuck his camera out the window I could see Timo slowly stretch JackJack out the window too so his reflection was in the mirror, haha!!

Timo didn't take this photo either; Jordan did! But Timo loved playing with JackJack the puppy and each time Jordan stuck his camera out the window I could see Timo slowly stretch JackJack out the window too so his reflection was in the mirror, haha!!

IMG_7392.JPG

Thanks for all the great safari photos, Timothy!! Until next time!! 

If you like enjoyed this post, please like and share!