Safari and Me, Part Three!

Did you know that there are no two giraffes or zebras who have the same prints, just like humans’ fingerprints?  Remember the zebras’ optical illusion I shared with you in the previous safari post? So, my birthday week and safari days continue…..

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Well, Hello Up There!

When giraffes are born, they fall about eight feet, since mama giraffe is so tall. Welcome to the world – BONK!

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These animals are absolutely gorgeous, and an adult’s torso was as high as the top of our car!

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IMG_6023 We went on two game drives, where a ranger points out animals along the ride.

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Edward, our Game Driver

We did one at sunset, and one at sunrise, too. For the sunset one, we used spotlights to look for the animals.

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These hyenas are no laughing matter!

They are easy to spot because of the reflection of the animals eyes.

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They look awfully cute, but……

Once you see the flashing of the eyes, we would stop and take a closer look, but not shine the spotlights directly in the animals’ eyes, as you will see below. IMG_5920

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These are the spotlights that we used to search for animals in the dark

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Wow, this really is Afrika!

I think the the animals knew it was a special day (my birthday) because they kept popping up all over the place.

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The lone wildebeest bull hangs out with big herds of impalas for protection. The impalas will warn him when a predator is approaching — pretty smart!

One time, we were just driving along the road when I saw something sticking up over the trees – giraffes!! IMG_6017 IMG_6011 Boy, how I love going on Safari, especially on my birthday! And we still have three more days left in Kruger National Park!

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Tremendous, Terrific Tuskers!

For the last two nights, we stayed in Letaba Camp.  Again we had a nice-style chalet, and had a chance to cook two braais! IMG_6239 IMG_6244

IMG_6226 I Remember I told you I love that sticky chicken, so we made it again, and we also made SMORES!

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Sticky chicken, garlic bread, and my Mom’s famous “Blue Bread” – Yummmm!

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Smores — Double Yummmmm!

The next morning, we went on a sunrise game drive with another Ranger.  Man, it was early — we had to get up at 4:30AM!

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It was early and cold and 5 AM

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I got a game animal sighting book for my birthday

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Bushback

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Can guess which animal made these tracks? If you said alligator, you are right!

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Sleeping hippos…..just so you know, hippos feel much safer in the water, than on land. You can approach hippos in the water and they won’t do anything; but, on land they will charge, according to Ranger Edward!

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The End 🙂

Look for more posts from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter IMG_6152 Keep Calm and Travel Around the World IMG_6166

8 thoughts on “Safari and Me, Part Three!

  1. I sure have enjoyed reading your posts describing and outlining your great adventure! It’s given me the travel bug for sure. What places would you reccomend I put on my bucket list? I can’t wait to hear all about the trip when you return. Safe travels…

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    • Hi Tami,

      Some of my favorite places were Australia and South Africa because of all the animals. South Africa is really cheap, in fact, a good bottle of wine would only cost $3. Glad you have the travel bug!! Now that you are retired, you have more time to retire. Yay!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Makenna! We all have loved reading your blog and experiencing your adventures with you! You are doing a great job! Travel on!!

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