|Our guide and spotter..note rifle in green case..|
There was a slingshot too, in case we encountered Goliath
Safari? Or should I say wild rides in a Toyota Land Cruiser though the Bush Veldt of the Thornybush Preserve? No land untouched by the hand of man..but enticing and thrilling, none the less.
|Why it is the "Thornybush" Preserve..Acacia genus|
The mission of the guide and spotter was for us tourists to see as many animals as possible..and so we made our break neck way..Scenery shots, unless otherwise noted were taken with a Coolpix whilst hanging out of a moving vehicle..
|Grasses were of major importance and|
fed most of the animals we saw
|Elephants and Impala taken from Simbambili Lodge deck|
|Closer look at Impala|
|Lascaux Cave painting..|
We stop now for a bird. Birding was not on the menu, but our guide was a self-professed "twitcher" so would occasionally slow down for birds..of which there were many..birding in Africa is now on my bucket list..
|Ground Horbill not on the ground. Endangered|
|Looking for birds?|
|I feel pretty|
|We pause for a Gray Curve Bill..plentiful|
|And a Zebra|
|Who do the Kudu that you do so well? (with Egyptian Goose)|
|The Happy Hippo..munched its way across the field |
in front of the main lodge
|While a Black Headed Oriole enjoyed a snack..|
|Hippos enjoying a swim..|
|Two-fer..Mammal & bird. Cape Buffalo and Ox Pecker, |
a commensal tick eater.
|The birds are also said to warn the buffalo of danger|
|Rhino poaching for the "magic" horn is a serious problem|
The animals were surprisingly nonchalant about the Land Cruisers..they do not see them as a threat & the diesel smells mask the human odors..They would react differently if we stood up, or walked around..so we had to remain seated at all times..
|Here kitty kitty..that is a land cruiser tire behind her..|
The land cruisers really do..when the guide wanted to we ran down the "bush", small trees included..I had mixed feelings about that..
|But that is how we sat next to the same Leopard|
who lay down next to the cruiser & fell asleep.
|Yes, those spots belong to a pair of Cheetahs. We were very far away.|
It was the first time Cheetahs had been spotted in seven months.
|The only sunset where I was not flying along in the cruiser.|
Before sips of wine..
|You woke me up!|