Oh South Africa, How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways.


I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

Of your oceans, coastlines, and mountains,

Filled with new friends and endless beauty.

Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay
Atop Table Mountain with Cape Town City Bowl below. Photo courtesy of Zach Kelleher
Madonna and Child Falls in Hogsback
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Coastline in Hermanus
The Central Drakensberg Range

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most active need, with sun and wind, flora and fauna.

Baboons at Cape Point
Baboons at Cape Point
Franschhoek wine region
African (Jackass) Penguins at Boulders Beach

I love thee freely, as a traveler strives for adventure.

I love thee purely, as they turn from the mundane.

Chester the diabetic cheetah can’t survive in the wild so he gets walked twice a day at Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary
Kayaking in Kelp
Exploring the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn – look for the feet in the middle

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my best-lived days, and with my childhood’s dreams.

Elephant bulls play fighting in Addo Elephant National Park
Cape of Good Hope

Table Mountain and Lions Head seen on a windy day from the water
Watching the sun rise behind Table Mountain after hiking up Lion’s Head
Shelly’s mother couldn’t lactate so this 6-month-old giraffe needs help in her infancy.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my hard times in Eastern Africa. I love with the breath,

Smiles, laughter, of all my life; and, if immigration permits,

I shall but love thee better after a road trip in Namibia.

10 thoughts on “An Ode to South Africa

  • February 9, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Beautiful pictures – thanks !

    • February 9, 2016 at 3:08 am

      Thanks, Reto. It’s a beautiful country!

  • February 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Great Work with Much Love & Passion!

    • February 9, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Thanks, RC. The diving’s pretty good, too!

  • February 9, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Marbree!! I LOVE your photos!!! And I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA too!!! 🙂 If was one of my favorite places to visit. I love the people I met and oh the places I went. Keep loving life Marbree!!!

    • February 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      It’s a wonderful country, isn’t it? I’m so glad you’ve had the opportunity to visit South Africa and hope you have another chance to do so.

  • February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Lovely! Nice personal expression with thanks to EBB (sonnet 43), yes?

    • February 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Yes, thanks to EBB, sonnet 43. 🙂

  • February 9, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Another 6 weeks for me to go in this SA I fell in love with. You were around to see the anguish of the decision time to stay on for another 3 months. Great decision and I will be back. Enjoy Namibia and send yr itenerary etc as it is also on my to do list. Glad to have been a small part of yr journey in SA and Swaziland.

    • February 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Glad to have your company for part of my journey here, as well. Enjoy the remainder of your time in the Rainbow Nation!

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