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Part One ~ Safari!

I can’t believe it!
We were actually in Africa and went on a safari!
Something that was never on my bucket list … but it should have been!

What a wonderful experience! I took over 1000 pictures, so it’s difficult to narrow them down for this post. All of them are my favorites! I think I will have to split this up into 2 different posts.

Here we go …

This is part of the gang waiting to be picked up to start our adventure. Left to right … Mary, Jennifer from AP&Q magazine and Susan from Blue Moon River. We have no idea yet how much fun we are about to have!

We took a small plane to Kruger National Park and were taken by jeep to our camp … our home away from home for the next 3 days …

What a great place! Really remote and we are living in permanent tents elevated above the ground. The only thing separating us from the animals is a very small electrified fence. Every tent is supplied with an air horn. If any animals get in during the night we are to blast the horn and an armed guard will come running. The first night I slept within quick reach of the air horn on the nightstand.

This is where we will be dining every night …

For being in such a remote location, the food is very good! We are treated to fresh foods, fresh baked breads and elegant homemade desserts.

This is Mary eating … wait for it … A little lamb! Mary ate a little lamb …

Our tents are down this way …

Mary and I are sharing a tent and just by the luck of the draw, it happens to be one of the tents farthest away from the main lodge …

We have a really cool outdoor shower with hot water. Now this is my idea of camping in Africa! Its like living in the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disneyland!

Every morning at 6AM one of the guides walks down to our tent and wakes us up for the morning drive. No alarm clocks here! There are real live monkeys chattering in the trees above us! We must brush our teeth and be down at the lodge by 6:30 for fresh blueberry muffins. The jeep leaves promptly at 6:30. Most of the animals are out in the early mornings and then active again before sunset.

We see our first animals of the day … Impalas.

They are plentiful and dinner for lots of different animals.

This is where I loose track of what animals we see in what order … this place is fantastic with wild animals! We see everything imaginable!

Zebras! Look how close we are. This is such a surprise! I never imagined we would get so close. We can hear them chewing!


A Hyena dining on Warthog …

A Warthog not being dined on …

Giraffes! Running!

Another “snack stop” with hot coffee and fresh baked peanut butter cookies …

We haven’t even had breakfast yet!

But I can’t stand it any longer!

I have to tell you about the Elephants! Here we are driving along, in a jeep, in Africa and our driver spots a herd of 30 elephants. He drives in so close we can hear them pulling the grass out of the ground. If that isn’t thrilling enough, They start to move around us …

THEN … a HUGE bull elephant steps in front of our jeep! Less than 6 feet away …

He pinned us in place until the rest of the herd could pass by! OMG! We can hear him breathing!

We are in Africa seeing things that we have never seen before, taking showers outside and listening to elephants breath …

Barb, Susan, Warren and Cynthia England, Mary and Jennifer … overwhelmed!

More to come!!



20 responses to “Part One ~ Safari!”

  1. Monica says:

    How incredibly exciting!! I would love to go on a safari someday. Your blog makes me want to go even more!

  2. Tina says:

    What wonderful pictures! Makes me want to go to Africa. I loved your description of the bull elephant – yikes…a heart attack in the making! And your lodging is very cool as well as the great sounding food! If you ever decide to stop designing fabric, you could be a travel agent – I’m ready to sign up!!
    P.S. “Mary ate a little lamb” ….I’m on the floor laughing hysterically!!!

  3. Johanna says:

    Aren’t zebras beautiful? We have a local wildlife place near us that has one – behind the safety of the fence though! You’d think we gave the kids a million dollars when we bring them to see the zebra. It is one of their favorite things to do.

  4. tinkerfeet says:

    All I can say is wow!!! Amazing

  5. Jen says:

    WOW! AMAZING!!!!! An African safari is on my bucket list. One of these days.

  6. Paula says:

    OMG! A friend went on a safari very much like this a year ago and loved it. She had lots of cool pictures too. I have never had safari on my bucket list, but it is now, and your pictures make me want to go RIGHT NOW!

  7. Heather says:

    Mary ate a little lamb…{snicker,snicker}..that made my day.

  8. Vickie E says:

    that’s amazing.

  9. What an amazing trip and quite the adventure.


  10. Dawn says:

    I don’t know what to say except “WOW”…oh and amazing elephants! :))))

  11. Dana says:

    Mary ate a little lamb, still giggling. What a great trip, keep those pictures coming, I’ll support you if you want to do all 1000.

  12. Sheila M/FL says:

    Barb and Mary! I am so happy you had a blast and I hope you can now see why it is my favorite continent simply amazing, thrilling and beautiful.

  13. VickiT says:

    Wow. Just amazing and I have to admit, I’d be carrying that air horn around fashioned into some sort of necklace myself. LOL

  14. Kate Brown says:

    Wow!! What an incredible time you must have had. Your pictures are amazing. It is very cool that you actually got to stay there out in the wild like that.. love it and the elephants!

  15. Erika says:

    I should be oohhing and aahhing at the animals and your amazing close encounters (and I am totally jellie of your safari), but I am still laughing at Mary ate a little lamb. Oh can you tell it’s Friday and been a loooong week.
    So glad you had fun, what an amazing experience.

  16. Janet says:

    OMG – you’re right in the thick of animal life!
    I’m not sure I’d like to be that close. Looks like you were in heaven, though!

  17. Nita says:

    Oh, my, your story leaves me breathless! How I would love to see elephants in the wild!

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  19. Fran says:

    Fabulous trip! Accomodations are slightly different than in France last year! Looks like great fun. Keep those blogs a comin’ —

  20. Laura brown says:

    I love all the pictures! Looks like y’all had a great time! Just can’t get past “Mary ate a little Lamb” still laughing!