It's not everyday you're given the chance to fly across the world to witness nature first hand in all of its explicit glory. I have been to my share of zoos, hung out plenty with my various pets, and viewed my share of discovery channel and animal planet docs, but all of my past liaisons with the natural world were put to shame when my family and I ventured to South Africa for a whirlwind vacation.
I cannot attempt to squeeze our days in the majestic country into a single post, so I'll split them between the more urban element: Cape Town and the more rugged, our Safari in Sabi Sands in Kruger (although when I share photos of our accommodations rugged is probably the last word that will come to mind)
Because the wildlife photos are too gorgeous to not post right away, here are some of my favourite photographs my mother and I took on our brand new digital SLR:
When you think Africa, you think lions! Luckily we had our fair share of sightings of both males and females. Having them stalk right by our jeep was a little scary considering they are the king of beasts- but boy are those maned-males magnificent!
When my dad spotted this chameleon on the side of the road he was acid green. He was so miffed to be picked up for a closer look by our trusty guide Paddy that he turned black – just like a mood ring!
This baby hyena wanted to see the world from a different view at dusk.
There is nothing cuter than a baby elephant.
Driving through the river is perfectly safe when the levels and current are right, but unfortunately one of the neighboring lodges’ drivers got a little too carried away! (literally- bad joke, and no worries - apparently no one was hurt except the jeep and the ranger’s pride)
There are zebra hides everywhere for sale in South Africa but I think zebra are much prettier running about by the river. Especially when they are precious little ponies!
Reclining rhino pauses mid-mud bath and tries out a new floor cushion.