Monday, August 30, 2010

Out of Africa

It took 34 hours from first plane ride to pulling up in the drive-way to get home, but I am home. What a fabulous trip. It will take several months to realize just all that we saw. A once in a life time, amazing kind of trip.

We've been home for a few days and I have had some time to go through the photos and I'm still not sure just how I am going to share them all with you, there are only 3,487 of them and I am an amateur.

So for this morning I thought I would start with day one. We arrived at the first camp, Camp Mala Mala in South Africa, just in case any of you were thinking about taking a trip like this, it was AMAZING. The accommodations were first rate, the people lovable and the animals plentiful. I didn't get it together enough to get pictures of the room here, but I did get some of the grounds.

From here on the pictures get a little graphic, we saw a monkey running by itself, which was unsual and then we were startled by a herd of male Kudo's running and then we heard a troop of monkey's screaming.

And then we discovered just what all the commotion was about. This young female leopard has just killed one of the monkeys. Our guide/tracker pulled us up right beside here as she ate. As long as we stayed sitting down and in the vehicle she seemed to not mind that we were there.

Oh my goodness she was beautiful. This just may be my new favorite animal and funny when I got home one of the first things I saw in the fashion mags was that leopard print is in this year. How 'bout that.

Next up was two lioness and their cubs. They had made a kill earlier in the day and so we were able to watch them munch on a Kudo.

Later that evening on our way back to the camp we used the spot light to see some of the animals that come out at night and found this hyena and a male leopard.

And that was the first day.


Diana said...

Oh my goodness! These are spectacular pics. What an awesome adventure.

Nezzy said...

Oh my, my 'Salty' Sister, this is something I've always dreamed of. Goin' to Africa with my camera. I dreamed of stayin' at one of those hotels on stilts that the animals walk right up to. WoW! I'm so glad I'm seein' this through your eyes. What a trip you have had! I can't wait to see more.

God bless ya, welcome back and have a marvelous Monday sweetie!!!

HappyascanB said...

What beautiful pictures! What an amzing trip; I can't wait to hear more!

Charla (SHar-la) said...

Oh my gosh, Jerri Ann! Those are gorgeous! My favorite pic is definitely the last one of the male leopard at night. Gorgeous! What an amazing trip! I asked Kristen about how it was going a couple of times. I can't wait to see more!!!!!!!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Amazing! Can't wait to see the rest!

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

Wow! What an awesome trip. Your pictures are amazing. I can only imagine being there that close in person.

Sandra said...

Diana said it well, "spectacular"! I've always wanted to go on safari and, thanks to you, I'm going via your photos. -smile-

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