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Safari Time – Part 6

To cap off our safari experience, we had a few encounters with those magnificent animals, the African Elephant.

We saw them roam the reserve, sometimes from afar.

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And at other times, at rather close range.

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It’s one thing to see them at a zoo, but another to see them freely roam. I felt very small indeed.

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And as a grand finale, just before night-fall, we saw a whole herd on the move. My, weren’t they fast!

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And that ends our South African journey. It’s been great to get a taster, but now it’s time to explore closer to home.

Safari Time – Part 5

We were lucky with the weather on our first game drive, but unfortunately that luck wasn’t to hold. The rest of our game drives were cloudy, cold, even rainy affairs.

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We did however see some wildlife, like these Vervet Monkeys seeking shelter in the forest.

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Or a pair of teenage lions having a snooze in a secluded spot.

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Some times, the scenes we encountered were entirely unexpected. Like a lone giraffe, wandering in the mist.

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Safari Time – Part 3

We continued on our safari and found a few more typically African mammals. We start with a very ugly one, the warthog!

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With their tusks, mullet and facial hair, could they actually be trend-setters for the 21st Century? These little ones were playing/fighting, and I found them almost cute.

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At the waterhole, we were closely watched by a herd of hippos. It’s rather startling to think that behind each pair of eyes was a 1,500kg animal.

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And moving on to bovines, we encountered a pair of Cape Buffalos grazing. We kept well away from those horns!

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Safari Time – Part 2

It’s safari time! Let’s jump into the convertible Land Cruiser and see what we can find.

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Close to the camp, we found more female Nyalas.

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And not too far away was a male Nyala. He looks very different from the females.

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Africa of course is full of different antelope species. A species we saw a lot of in the reserve was the impala. You can recognise them by the M-shaped marking on their bottom! We saw some males.

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And lots and lots of females.

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Another common species was the blesbok – they have distinctive white faces and white bottoms. Our ranger reckons that means ‘eat me’ to predators.

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These guys get very territorial, and this herd’s territory is the reserve airstrip!

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At a game reserve, your waking hours are structured around your dawn and dusk game drives, each being 3 hours in length. That’s 6 hours a day to find animals! Our first dusk drive was a good one, and we got a lovely view of the sunset.

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Safari Time – Part 1

The rhinos in the last post was a bit of taster for our safari experience at Lalibela Game Reserve, about 90km to the east of Port Elizabeth. The reserve was located on 7500 hectares of Eastern Cape bushveld that was former farmland, and now stocked with African wildlife.

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But first, we head to our lodge, Tree Tops.

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Accommodation was in some great glamping tents – ensuite, reverse cycle air-con and electric blankets to keep out the early Spring chill.

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The boardwalk ensures that erosion of the hillside was kept to a minimum.

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There weren’t any fences so elephants have been known to walk through the camp. There weren’t any elephant neighbours during our stay, but we saw these lovely ladies as we walked down to lunch. They’re a type of local antelope called nyala.

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Later, we saw a young buck, who was completely comfortable with our presence.

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