I couldn’t believe my eyes!
This is what you (and I) have been waiting for!
Yes, you probably guessed it – we went on SAFARI !!!
How incredibly beautiful!
We wanted to get a feel for seeing all of the incredible wildlife in South Africa before we go to Kruger National Park, so we made the trip from Plettenberg Bay up to Addo National Elephant Park for two days.
This is my first safari video at my first sighting of elephants at a watering hole:
In Addo the elephants are protected from poaching for their ivory.
Yes, we were really close to this Bull — in our car!
The rangers patrol in helicopters, planes, and high profile vehicles looking for illegal activity.
And this guy, too! Woo Hoo!!!
At one time, the elephant numbers were down to 11, and now there are over 500 elephants in the park! YAY!
These elephants have just finished a mud bath, which keeps them cool and protected from the sun.
What I like the most about elephants is that they are friendly giants. They are large and social and beautiful!
Mom helps her baby get covered in mud
They typically hang out in herds of 5 or so to 50 – here we see a mom, dad, an adolescent and a (approx) three-year old and one-year old
By going to the SA National Parks you support conservation of the beautiful animals and parks
The very first animals we saw when we went on our first game drive in our car were zebras…
Zee what we saw! Check out the bird landing, too!
And more stripes!!!I
Baby Zee and Me!
S/he was very frisky and fun to watch
We never got tired of seeing the elephants
As you can see, so many species live together in harmony
And then there is the cycle of life, too 😦
Then red hartebeasts….
Then black-backed jackals….
Can you believe we are witnessing this so close!?
Ostriches and blue cranes….
The amazing African buffalo….
These African buffalo are massive
Eland…. (picture in next post)
100’s of birds, and Springbok (in next post), and many, many more species…
Do you see the jackal and bird in this picture?
And the very funny warthogs….
More on these guys from Kruger, too!
All the animals would appear around every corner!
As my Mom says, HOLY MOLY!
Sunrise over the African plains and the place comes alive with wildlife
Sunset, and the place comes wildly alive, too, with nocturnal wildlife
This cob web was 6 feet wide – check out the center of the nest — it’s a condo!
Gives you a perspective of the ‘great’ plains of Africa….check out the car and the animals in the distance
You can see the different types of roads you drive on for game viewing
We added some of our sightings to the Board
The next day, we were just driving along the road and then saw two snoozing lions, resting by the road!
Here kitty, kitty. This lion is sleeping on his back and you can see his huge back paw in the air
Check out this — you can clearly see how they confuse their predators. Are there one, two, or three zebras here?
Boy, going on safari is going to be quite fun! Much more animal fun to come!
I drew this while waiting for dinner the first night — “The Big Five!”
Well that’s all for Addo, except that we saw tons of wild African animals — I hope you have enjoyed the amazing pictures and videos; plus, we did stay in this really fun chalet as you will see below:
Look how close the electric fence is to the chalets. This is what separates us from the animals.
The “Dung Beetle” is protected in SA. They are pretty rare, close to extinction. They move/roll elephant dung to a safe place, and bury a ball of feces 250 times it weight in one night. They make a nest, lay their eggs, and they also eat the dung for the nutrients.
Stay tuned for more Safari treks from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter — because next, we are headed up to Kruger National Park – a national park in South Africa that isthe size of Israel – there is bound to be some really cool stuff!
How about this for education!? Can you guess which animal belongs to the skulls?
I loved, loved, loved all the wild animals in Australia and now Safari in South Africa
Keep Calm and Travel Around the World
Does it get any better? Safaris and then this kind of dessert after dinner!