1 This is typical of the planes that we took. They were single engine with this one as one of the larger ones.
2 Our first evening in South Aftrica was at a hotel attached to the airport. Our luggage consisted of the 4-soft-sided bags shown in the picture. There are two backpacks (the red one in the foreground, and the black one that I am holding). The green and the blue bag were "check throughs".
3 Pilot and co-pilot.
4 Ulusaba airport near Sabi Sand.
6 Glenda and I are in the back of a Land Rover. The driver is on the right and the tracker (in the picture) is sitting on a seat that has been welded to the left-front bumper.
7 I think this is a vulture.
8Two Vultures on a Date
10 Ranger and Tracker exploring an area for animals. Note that the ranger is carrying a gun.
12Elephant Skull Bodies of animals or skeletons are not often seen. There is always some animal interested in what parts are available.
14Class Picture Graduating from impala school.
18Cape Glossy Starling
21 When the male children are about 10-years old, they are gently kicked out of the herd.
23 This was probably the most frightening time that we had. Clearly the elephants had no interest in hurting us. But, as you can see, all eyes were on us, and there might have been as many as 1000 elephants (adult females and children) in the hurd.
24 Notice how close they would get to us. The tracker is sitting on the seat welded to the front bumper.
25Mom and Child Always pay attention to mama.
26 Herd of female elephants and kids.
27 Mother and daughter (or maybe son).
28 Elephant under 6 years old.
30 Herd of female elephants and kids.
32 Our cabin at Exiter River Lodge (Sabi Sand). The elephants will sometimes come up to the pool and drink the water. Hence, the water is not clorinated.
33Interior Interior of our hunting lodge.
34Vultures The ubiquitous vulture.
35Cape Buffalo I know that mommy said to look both ways. Was that BEFORE crossing or AFTER.
36 Waiting for the arc.
37Rhinoceros We woke these rinos up. They were sleeping there all night. Notice their ears. They can be rotated almost 360 degrees to pick up the slightest sound.
38 Rhino sleeping (or waking) in a field.
39Male Elephant. He is walking in the herd probably looking for a female in heat. If he finds one, he will mate. The interesting thing is that they are not posessive at all. After he is through, he will give the female up to the next male in line.
40Male Elephant This elephant spent the morning grooming. You can see the mud all over him. This is done to keep the flies off.
42Female Elephants Elephants playing (I think). Or maybe kissing, or cleaning each-others teeth.
43Land Rover The sign on the side says, "and beyond". that is the company that arranged our tour. They did a great job!
44Early Morning Snack We would drive for about 1-1/2 hours in the morning and then stop for coffee or cocoa. The table and drinks were, of course, carried on the Landrover. We would also drive for about 3-hours in the evening. The animals would sleep during the day because of the heat. Hence, we slept, too.
45Sailing, Sailing Crossing The Sand River in a Landrover.
46 So, we were at Sabi Sand for 3 nights. Now it is time to move on. We are now boarding our flight to Sandibe-Okavanga Safari Lodge in Botswana. The flight was absolutely full. Not only did it have a pilot - but it had both of us as well! We were just afraid that they might have overbooked!
47 Glenda all strapped in - waiting for lunch and the in-flight movie.
49 We had to get to the airport about 20 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land. Why? Well, we had to chase the animals off the runway. We could do that unless it was elephants. In that case, the flight would be cancelled for the day.
50 Crossing a stream in the Landrover. Note how high the water is. The water actually did get in the vehicle. We sat with our legs crossed on the seats.
51 Our accommodations at Sandibe. We really didn't need the netting. Mosquitos were not a problem.
53Saddle-billed Stork Saddle-billed Stork
54Cleared for Takeoff!
55 Airstrip near our lodge.
56Impalas I think that the middle one is making a pass at me.
59 Choir Practice.
60 Pretty good soprano, isn't it?
61Male Lion The lion sleeps tonight.
62Jackels The lions have a body that they are eating. These jackels are off in the distance and will eat whatever the lion leaves behind - even the bones.
63Female Lion Those kids are growing up to be animals. Where have I failed?
65Female and her two cubs Doesn't dad ever get up?
66Male and two Females It's good to be king.
67Dad getting up "Where is my morning paper".
68Warthogs mowing the lawn
69 No matter how close we drove to him, this fellow refused to move. Finally, we drove around him.
75 These guys are practicing to fight for a female. Sometimes they will get their horns tangled and cannot untangle them. They will actually starve to death or, if a predator finds them, he will eat them alive.
76Chobe Game Lodge Our next stop
78White Fronted Bee Eaters
79 Elephants drinking
80 Our guide at Chobe.
83 We used the slingshot plus the stones in the two bags to chase away the monkeys.