Hello and Happy New Year to all,
I started this just before Christmas but with so many other things to do and the amount of time it takes to download photo’s on here I decided to leave it until after the Christmas break and of course by then I had forgotten all about it. Today I came on to do another post (about cards) and oh my gosh – I am so sorry, but here goes.
Just one thing before I start can anyone tell me if there is an easy way to download photo’s in order. If I download a few they are all mixed up so I end up downloading one at a time. Is this how everyone does it or am I making work for myself.
Right back to the task in hand. On the second full day here we were off on safari once again.
We hear many times how well camouflaged the animals are and yet they seem so clear to see, we wondered how until our guide gave us some tips, and then we realised what we had been missing. This Kudu took a while to spot when pointed out to us, and even close up you can see how easily we could have missed it.
Right in the centre of this picture our guide pointed out a lazy tail flicking up (can you spot it).
We were almost on top of it before we saw what it was
It would have been such a shame if we had missed this beautiful lioness.
The collar on this animal was put there some years ago by scientists from one of the big cities (our guide didn’t seem to know which one). Apparently they collared one lioness from each reserve so that they would be able to track them over a number of years to see how far they travelled etc. It also made her stand out for us and we saw her a few times.
The following lioness was certainly not hiding as she enjoyed a snooze on the roadway.
I think she wanted to be left in peace so we drove on and just round the corner we came across the collared lioness again and she had a friend with her this time.
Most of the wild life we saw more or less ignored us but when we came across this old bull elephant he made it quite clear that we were not going to pass him. His ears kept coming right out and he made quite a noise, and though the guide said he didn’t think it would attack, it was better to be on the safe side and respect his wishes, so we turned round and set off in a different direction pdq.
Although not easy to take a picture of we were extremely lucky to find a Pangolin. This is the worlds most hunted animal.
This sweet little animal that looks like a cross between and anteater and a hedgehog is desperately under threat. The illegal trade in South Asia has now rendered these scaly mammals the most trafficked animal on earth, with some estimates claiming that sales now account for up to 20 per cent of the entire wildlife black market. Our guide said in almost 40 years of being a guide this was only the third one he had ever seen.
What better way to finish the day that driving along behind a pride of lions we picked up in our headlights. I hope you can see them.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my wonderful day.