South Africa 2012


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Published: May 20th 2012
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HyenaHyena
Hyena

Hyena sighted in early a.m. when walking; also saw a black-backed jackal that day, but he was moving too fast for a photo
Lion, MaleLion, Male
Lion, Male

Likely brothers as two unrelated males would not be so simpatico
Lion PrideLion Pride
Lion Pride

There are 5 lions in this photo; we counted 11 but once they laid down in the grass, voilĂ  - they disappeared
Wild DogWild Dog
Wild Dog

African Hunting dogs have a matriarchal family system - the Alpha Female is top dog, as it were. Not an easy assignment; she eats last, makes sure all the other family members get their share, etc.
Wild DogWild Dog
Wild Dog

Now called African Hunting Dogs
Wild DogsWild Dogs
Wild Dogs

the camouflage is amazing - I didn't see the one on the upper right until I looked at the photo
Hippos & CrocodilesHippos & Crocodiles
Hippos & Crocodiles

This was a very common pairing - guess that since they both live in the water, they've learned to co-exist. FYI: a group of hippos is called a bloat
Hippos & ElephantsHippos & Elephants
Hippos & Elephants

The huge family dust bath seemed to irritate the resident hippos, who came out to challenge the pachyderms. Yeah, like they care!! I always thought hippos were so big, but not when compared to elephants
BushbuckBushbuck
Bushbuck

Always seen when the light was failing, so this was as good a shot as I could get
Leopard TortoiseLeopard Tortoise
Leopard Tortoise

For awhile we thought this was the only "leopard" we were going to see. We saw quite a few, all crossing the road
Susan & StuartSusan & Stuart
Susan & Stuart

Our friends from Seattle who joined us for our Kruger adventures. We had just seen them the month before in Philadelphia for their son's wedding
Wolhuter Wilderness CampWolhuter Wilderness Camp
Wolhuter Wilderness Camp

Our group on the first morning getting ready to hike - on right note Moses and Rangani's rifles
Peter & SuePeter & Sue
Peter & Sue

Our good and dear friends with whom we stayed in Pretoria
WarthogWarthog
Warthog

A face only a mother could love
KlipspringerKlipspringer
Klipspringer

These small, shy antelope are very hard to see. We also saw some when hiking with the rangers, but they were leaping from rock to rock to hide from us, so no photos
Rhinoceros  Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros

We saw 32 white rhino while on our 3-day wilderness trek. We didn't see any of the smaller, but more aggressive black rhino (NOT upset about that), but we did get to examine their dung. I know, jealous, right?
Rhinoceros  Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros

Not using a telephoto - at times we were closer than I was comfortable with
Rhinoceros  Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros

I asked Moses if the stories of rhino stamping out fires was true. He said both rhino and elephants have been seen fighting fires in that way. Be sure to go to Page 3 for more photos.



20th May 2012

Wow! Africa!
Absolutely fabulous photos, Guys! One of my future travel destinations.
21st May 2012

Thank you for sharing your South Africa trip adventure...wow!
Thanks Bernie and Kathy for sharing your fantastic travel experiences. Wow, South Africa sounds and looks wonderful. May God bless you and keep you well in all your world travels. If you are ever in Houston, let us know!
21st May 2012
Sundowner Locale

Beautiful shot!
21st May 2012

Thanks for the journey. You are a great storyteller as well as photographer, Kathy! Keep 'em coming

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