What would a trip to Africa be without some Animals! I took a one day tour to Pilanesberg with Kim Brunner, Gul Laporte and the Moda men, Mark, Brian and Josh Dunn.
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This was our roomy chariot for the day.
2 hours out to the park in the morning...
Here we are!
Part of the traveling team... Gul, Brian and Mark
This tree was right at the entrace. The hanging orbs are nests. The male bird makes them then the female decides if she 'likes' them. If not he makes another!
There were Wildebeest everywhere. I thought their faces were particulary interesting. Very long fronts on them.
The most exciting FIRST moment was finding the Elephants! Mommas and babies... And they were walking and talking to each other.
And the older male was just a bit further up the road. We were only a few feet from him. He was eating right at the side of the road.. it was Spectacular!
I think these are springbok. there are a LOT of them! And they are tiny. The Natinal Soccer team of South Africa is named for them as they are agile and can jump high.
The giraffe's are incredibly graceful and beautiful. I seriously wanted to take one home.
The one eating at the tree was just to the left of this one. It was wonderful to see two at the same time.
Do you see how brown everything is? Right now it is winter in South Africa.The animals blended into the landscape and it was very hard for me to see them. Right now it is winter in South Africa.. I wonder how they blend when it's more green?
one of the least attractive animals was the warthog. Even the babies could not be considered cute.. LOL! See the baby butt on the left?
our guide stopped here and told us to look across the pond
Look very closely
holey cow the 'rocks' are actually Hippos!
And they are HUGE! We only saw them laying around... imitating rocks.... such a life.
It's hard to share in my photos how beautiful this park it. I love the wide open area
Next it was onto a lunch stop.. and what a stop it was!
This is a lodge on the reserve... we ALL picked up a brochure!
Can you stand it? Look at this VIEW!
We had a nice relaxing lunch
These gorgeous birds visited us.. well we did help the visit by feeding them bread and french fries... gotta do what ya gotta do!
I got very excited to see this cactus in bloom! Being winter in South Africa there was not much greenery or flowers.
I found this painted canvas by a contemporary artist.
A Bird, Hippo, Elephant AND a Giraffe... in the exact colors I needed for my living room
This was an amazing trip.
I loved meeting all the South African People.
I loved learning about the country
I loved seeing the animals.
Thank you South Africa for giving me such an incredible visit!
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