Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa

Published: May 14th 2010
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Buckle up...this is a lot of photos! In the couple days prior to our arrival in Richard’s Bay, the arrangements for our safari were finalized. Once we docked in Richard’s Bay, South Africa, our group of eight was taken to the Richard’s Bay Airport where we boarded a 10-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan for our 90-minute charter flight to the Mala Mala Camp private airstrip. We were met by Ryan,... Read Full Entry

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Hippo TracksHippo Tracks
Hippo Tracks

Interesting how close together and straight they are.
Swainson FrancolinSwainson Francolin
Swainson Francolin

These birds have a loud and very distinctive call.
A Huge HerdA Huge Herd
A Huge Herd

There were tons of elephants in this herd making their way towards the river.
What Big Ears You Have!What Big Ears You Have!
What Big Ears You Have!

The elephant flaps their ears like this to keep cool.
The Whole ClanThe Whole Clan
The Whole Clan

A family of elephants in all sizes. Just after this, a mother felt we were a threat to her young one and suddenly started to charge our vehicle at a dead run. Holy smokes!! Fortunately, Ryan had the vehicle running and when he saw the stampeding elephant coming at us, he jammed on the gas and we did get away in time. I was in the back, but unfortunately we were going so fast on the bumpy terrain that I couldn't get a photo of the chase.
Almost Over!Almost Over!
Almost Over!

We meet up to make our way back to the camp for the last time. We tell the others of our close escape.
Not FunnyNot Funny
Not Funny

They got a kick out of our close call.
Thank You ImpalasThank You Impalas
Thank You Impalas

A few birds getting a ride on these impalas, who were always there for us when we weren't seeing other animals for brief times.

These Dwarf mongoose are cute little guys.
Hey ShortyHey Shorty
Hey Shorty

This tiny creature isn't even as tall as the grass.
Blacksmith LapwingBlacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing

Just sitting by the river.
Yellow-throated LongclawYellow-throated Longclaw
Yellow-throated Longclaw

One of soo many pretty and distinct birds we saw. Fortunately, Ryan is able to identify these birds and we have a guide to refer to.
Egyptian GeeseEgyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

We saw several of these unique looking geese in a small pond.

Taking in the sun on this rock near the river.
A Sad So Long!A Sad So Long!
A Sad So Long!

Annette and Ryan just before he takes us back to the airstrip for our departure. Thank you for such a fantastic experience!
Co-Pilot BruceCo-Pilot Bruce
Co-Pilot Bruce

Bruce, a former small plane pilot got to sit in the #2 seat on our way to Johannesburg. Our pilot was a young woman.
The Happy TravelersThe Happy Travelers
The Happy Travelers

What a fantastic time we had! And, no mosquitoes!
Checking PhotosChecking Photos
Checking Photos

Elizabeth and I are going back through our great photos as we head to Johannesburg.
The Cape Town PierThe Cape Town Pier
The Cape Town Pier

We arrived at the Cape Town pier just before the ship docked. It was later than scheduled due to the emergency medical evacuation of Phil's partner, Ellie, in Durban. Phil and Doug sat together many hours in the computer room.
Norm and CathyNorm and Cathy
Norm and Cathy

Norm, the guy who put our safari together, is on Deck 5 waiting to greet us as the ship docks.
So Long Captain DagSo Long Captain Dag
So Long Captain Dag

This is our last photo of the captain, as the ship docks. We were informed that he would depart the ship in Cape Town and Captain Mario would replace him for the remainder of the cruise. He has since left Regent.

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