Last full day of safaris in Africa

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,
Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm back! I’ve been so tired and I find myself in bed before writing the blog.  Sorry!

Today, we got up at 6 a.m. again to go on the morning safari.  We left at 6:30 and were off to a very slow start only seeing a few steenbok and impala.  After driving around for a while, we got to an area where there were two beautiful male lions, sleeping.  The guide told us that these two were brothers and we had seen them before. (Remember the first day here we saw three male lion brothers??)  Then, we tracked elephants and found ourselves in a herd of 30 elephants, both young and old.  Our guide, Colbert, loves to put us right in the middle of the action. He drove us right into the middle of the elephant herd—it was so cool to see and hear them from that perspective. We also got a lesson on termite mounds, and learned that king and queen termites live as long as 75-80 years!  After the morning game drive, we went on a 45 minute walking safari.  (Again, the guide had a loaded rifle, just in case!)We learned about birds, trees, animals, footprints, and about people who had lived in the area before the private reserve was created.   Then, we relaxed and packed to go home until 3:30 for an afternoon game drive.

We also got lucky enough to see that there is a female bushbuck and a baby bushbuck living right behind our lodge!

We started our afternoon game drive at 3:30 and saw a leopardess sleeping in a tree, which got up and started stalking an impala, but the impala got away.  Afterwards, we took a 35 minute drive to find a white rhino that was sleeping.  We took pictures of him, and learned that it was the same white rhino that we saw yesterday.

 Something funny that our guide told us today is that Krueger National Park made a law saying that no guide is allowed to call impalas "impala" anymore and they have to call them Nabi. (NABI meaning “Not Another Bloody Impala” because they are EVERYWHERE! The guide at Chobe  told us impala are the McDonalds—“fast food”-of the bush. I guess there are a lot of impala jokes!) Afterwards, we had our last gourmet dinner at Kings Camp, and went to sleep.

This might be the last entry that we do while in Africa, so I am going to reflect on the trip now.  I really think that this trip was beyond amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to come here, but with a few minor changes.  My favorite animals now are Elephants and Steenbok (and dogs still!) Before I thought that elephants were OK and I had never heard of steenbok!  My advice to anyone who goes out of the country is to be very careful with your credit cards because we were very careful and we had to cancel one of our credit cards. Thank you all for reading our blog, and thanks for the kind comments! They make me so happy!  Love to everyone, and see you all soon! 

~Alexandra
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George on

Dave:
Tia Terry called to tell us there is a termite mound just like this--only a little bigger--that recentlly popped up behind your house. Raid didn't work on them but don't worry, I'll bring my .22 rifle next trip up and we can make sure none of them will ever reach 80! Safe travels back......gk

Titsa, Manny & DeDe on

Can resist one more comment on your fabulous trip. You must be exhausted but exhilarated! Dave, you made it! We're so proud of you! Proud of all of you!

Poppop on

I'm back in the comment game again...

We have been reading your blog, missing you Alex when you pooped out and went to bed a few times and watching for the next one calling each other to be sure everyone was getting to see them.(Run on sentence!!)

The blog was sooooo exciting. We loved reading and loved that you all were able to do it.

Only thing better is looking for your safe return.

Love you!!!!

PP

Emily on

I'm so glad that you all had such a wonderful time. Those pics are GREAT, and the stories about them are even better. Theda, you have to frame one of the rhino pics for your office:) Safe travels and hope to see you all soon. xoxo

Jayne on

Wonderful pictures and super commentary!!! A trip I would love to take...on the "Bucket List." Hope you have the 'book published' by Thanksgiving!!!

Love!! Safe trip home!!!

Julie on

Sounds like an amazing trip. I loved reading the blogs.

Jean Tillman on

Dear Alexandra

Thank you so much for all your stories & beautiful pictures, it was wonderful to share this special trip with my favorite family. I appreciate that you took the time to write the blogs even though it was somewhat of a chore.

I especially like the pictures of the big cats. How big are those termites?? Their hills are huge! Love to your Mom & Dad.

L&K,
Aunt Jean

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