The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
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Trip End Aug 29, 2010


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Flag of South Africa  , Kruger National Park,
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hi everyone! I'm sorry my mom had to post last night!! I was just so tired!

We got up early today and had breakfast at magnolia café next to our hotel. We walked around the mall and bought a few packages of nuts and coffee. Our driver came at 10 am to take us to our next camp which was about 120 km away. It took us 2.5 hours to get to Kings Camp at Timbavati Nature Reserve. Along the way, our driver was stopped by the police. Dad thought he was going to have to bribe the policeman, who was yelling at the driver and threatened to lock him up. The police officer was scarier than the wild animals we had seen. He gave our driver a ticket and the driver got back in the van and told us the policeman was looking for a bribe! My Dad is always right.  After that we had a mostly peaceful drive to Kings Camp.
 
Kings Camp is luxurious. We are in the middle of a game park, and they told us DO NOT leave your room after dark without an armed guard. We were told not to walk ANYWHERE at night by ourselves. Our cabin has a sitting area where we can read, work on the computer, make coffee and tea, have fruit, and there is brandy for my parents. We have an indoor and outdoor shower. There are 3 rugs--one zebra skin and two impala skins. At 1:30 we had an amazing lunch. Then, we had a few minutes to sit around and adjust to the room, and then we left for our first game drive.  It was a very soft ride compared to the bumpy roads in Chobe, but there were less animals.  We ended up seeing 1 giraffe, 3 male lions, 1 hyena, 1 genet, a ton of impala (they call them the McDonalds of the bush), a few zebras, and 1 kudu.  We tried tracking a rhino (the last of the big five that we have to see) but we ended up leaving it in the end to go see the lions.  (The big five are: Lions, Leapords, Elephants, Buffalos, and Rhinos.)  We got to see three beautiful male lions, and all they did was sleep, and then walk away.  My dad couldn't believe how close we got to the lions--about 20 feet. It was hard not to be afraid, but they looked sooo cute!!

Then we stopped around 6:30 in the middle of nowhere, and we got out of the jeep for snacks and drinks. Then, we did a night drive back to the lodge and had about an hour of rest time before dinner at eight.  Dinner was a Boma Cookout and the layout was sort-of like The Boma Place of Eating that we went to in Victoria Falls.  We ate outside and they had a big fire pit  in the middle of the eating area. They served lamb, stir-fry, snook, and a few other  veggies. We finished our gourmet dinner (we need to watch what we eat! The food is soo good!) and came back to the room to go to sleep.

Tomorrow is another day of game drives! They say here you eat, sleep and go on game drives and that's it. I am so excited! I love going on the game drives! 

~Alexandra
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Titsa & Manny on

We're exhausted with getting up so early with you and riding all day. Oh, how we wish we could see those animals!

Be safe!

nana and pop-pop on

Get some wonderful recipes to share with us and we both can go on Rachel Rae show...

Nana on

Tee Kanouneh ta lefta !!! Bravo Sas...

Marybeth/Marlene on

Great photos......I would have kept my eyes closed too....but that's the Nature of the Game.......Many more thanks for sharing. Is Dave having fun yet?
MB

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