The Wonderful Watsons

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Upon our arrival in Jo-burg, we were greeted by Dawn and Ian Watson. They are relatives who live in Johannesburg and whom we made contact with before our safari, and they welcomed us into their home for a couple of days. Here, we were treated like royalty. Dawn and Ian took such good care of us that we did not want to leave to continue the rest of our trip.

We arrived to their beautiful home in the evening and had a wonderful Roast Chicken dinner and enjoyed some drinks before heading to the most comfortable bed in the world. The next morning, we were spoiled with an amazing breakfast before we headed out to the Lion Park.

The Lion Park gives you the opportunity to pet lion cubs as well as seeing some of the other animals nearby. There was also a game drive that you could go on to view the adult lions in the park - we were very excited for all of this. Our first activity in the park was to see and pet the lion cubs. There were three that we were able to visit, and one of them was a white lion cub. Also in the fenced in area were two baby hyenas. These two little ones were not as friendly and would try to nip at your hands if you bent down to pet them. From here we went to feed giraffes, view some cheetahs, warthogs, wild dogs, ostriches and more.

By 11:30, it was time for our final game drive. With fingers crossed and huge smiles, we hopped into the the metal caged truck and were on our way through the park to view the animals. At first, it was quite familar, we saw more zebras, more antelope and some hyenas. We were sure that THIS time we would be able to see lions though too. We wre NOT disappointed!!! The guide turned the truck down a new path and suddenly we were driving past a female white lion lounging in the sunlight a bit of a distance away. We did not spend much time here as apparently we would be seeing way more lions much closer to the truck.

Again we weren't disappointed. Our next stop, we encountered an entire pride of lions, including one beautiful male who even gave us a loud roar as we were sitting there watching them. Throughout the game drive we saw many lions. Our guide was even surprised that they were quite so active for us at this time of the day. Usually the lions don't tend to move from their sunny locations, but prefer to just lay there and sleep 18-20 hours a day. For us, though, the lions seemed a bit more restless and got up out of their resting spots walking around the truck before moving to a different location to rest.

Not only did the lions get up and walk around for us, the male lion 'got it up' and showed us all why he is called "King Of The Jungle". When he finished she rolled on the ground and he let out a mighty roar. It was a proud day for all of male-kind.

We somehow pulled ourselves away from the lion park and that afternoon Dawn took us out for lunch, then to a bird show and then out for supper at a fabulous restaurant. Like I said, we were treated like royalty. It will be sad to leave them tomorrow, but we want to spend as much time through the Garden Route as possible. Only two and a half weeks left to see it all! We have bought our Baz Bus tickets and are ready to start the last portion of our trip. It should be great!

Hugs and Love,
Dana and Trevor
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jmitch6
jmitch6 on

From the Aussies
Do you think she faked it? Yet another fabulous entry. Photos please.

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