The beautiful game by Dan MacKenzie

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Young boys throw themselves wholeheartedly into an impromptu game of soccer in a remote village in rural Mozambique. The ball has just arrived as a gift from a guest who had stayed at the game lodge closest to the village and had had an opportunity to visit the local community as a part of their stay.

Happily abandoning their makeshift ball of string and plastic scaps for a real ball, these little guys couldn’t have been more enthusiastic players. I on the other hand wasn’t so sure of the virtues of the game as I pounded around the bare pitch trying to coordinate my feet on the ball and my face up to the camera madly trying to capture the action! I wasn’t voted MVP of the match….I wonder why??

Machampane, Mozambique


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Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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