Eagle 46


Eagle 46

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 25th 2022

This morning we packed our bags and headed to the main lodge for breakfast and to settle our final bill. We hated to leave this beautiful place but we had more time coming in South Africa as we were flying to Cape Town to spend the next three days touring the West Cape area. We said "Goodbye" to Andre, the owner of Hippo Lakes, Shaun, our ranger and guide, and the many staff who made our stay pleasant, from the housekeepers to the chef to the bartender who keep us in coffee. We climbed aboard our van for the three hour drive to Johannesburg and arriving said "Goodbye" to our fellow travelers and headed in to get to our next flight. At this point the fun ends as we are told that the airline we have ... read more
Our Tent Key - Rhino 3
Looking across the lake from the lodge toward out tent.

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo November 24th 2022

Today will be our last full day at Hippo Lakes. We have two game drives scheduled and dinner around the campfire. Again our first drive began at 7 am. The one Big 5 animal that resides locally is the African Buffalo and thus far it has been elusive. We are on the hunt for it this morning. I have also been on a mission to photograph a very noisy and "annoying to me" bird called a Red-chested Cuckoo. This bird begins it's song at 4 am and continues endlessly throughout the day. I have seen it several times but it has not posed for a photo. This morning it was sitting proudly in a tree top and I finally got my photo thanks to Shaun, our guide, spotting it. We also found a crocodile sunning itself ... read more
 Wattled Lapwing
 I'm out of here

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Entabeni Game Reserve November 23rd 2022

This morning we once again embarked on a game drive at the local reserve to see who was out and about. Before leaving, however, we once again heard the monkeys behind the tent. This time I caught them in action as they climbed over the roof of the building behind us. One was a mom carrying her baby. Along the way we found the dependable hippos, along with elands and Sable antelope. We also found some new birds. After lunch we boarded the big bus to travel to Entabeni Game Reserve to continue our hunt for the Big 5. Our goal was the find the lions or the leopards. We found the lions resting elusively behind a stand of trees only knowing of their presence by occasional movement behind the trees. We did not find a ... read more
 Mom and Babe
 Up on the Roof
 Hippo Trio

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Welgevonden Reserve November 22nd 2022

After a little later breakfast, we climbed aboard 2 vans and made the 3 hour drive to Welgevonden Game Preserve. We stopped along the way for a little shopping before reaching our final destination. Our goal for the day was to find as many of the Big 5 African animals, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo. We signed in and headed out on our adventure. We were riding our guide, Fin along with Shea, Justin, and Nick. We had a fun group as we searched the area. We quickly encountered Warthogs, Wildebeests, and the sought after Rhino. We continued along and found 3 Rhinos grazing close to the road for nice photos. Zebra dotted the landscape and we soon came upon an elephant cooling herself with muddy water. She systematically tossed water over and under her ... read more
Moth at Breakfast
On the Way to Welgevonden

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo November 21st 2022

Our morning started at 7 am as we headed out for our first game drive. Today will be drives through the local game preserve. As we climbed aboard our truck with Shaun, our guide we were ready to photograph the nearby residents. The first large animals we encountered were impalas, wildebeests, and warthogs. The warthogs however did not hang around long. The impalas were all sizes and included a black impala. At one point we were hoping for two males to engage in a dispute over the females but they greeted each other and moved along. Farther along we stopped by a lake where two hippos were lazily residing along with several different kinds of kingfishers. We returned to camp for breakfast and an afternoon of leisure before the evening drive and an African style barbeque. ... read more
Part of our Group
Water Thick-Knee

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Bela Bela November 20th 2022

Today our trip begins in earnest. We were up early and ate at the breakfast buffet in the hotel. At nine am we met our ranger outside of the airport to begin our journey to Hippo Lakes Safari. As we drove north from Johannesburg, we detoured to visit the Elephant Encounter. This preserve is home to a number of elephants that have been injured and are not able to live in the wild successfully. The elephants are trained to show the visitors their skills and capabilities. Also housed in the preserve were zebras and at least one ostrich that came by to check out all the people. Two of the elephants had young that were born in the preserve as they were pregnant when they arrived. Some of the injuries were a missing tusk and a ... read more
Elephants and Zebras
Red-eyed Bird
Elephant Herd

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 19th 2022

The flight from Atlanta, Ga to Johannesburg, South Africa was a healthy 15 hours. This is the longest duration for one flight that we have taken and it seemed to go on and on. We did receive dinner, a snack (a sandwich) and breakfast that helped fill time. There were also numerous movies stored in the TV that could fill more hours. The one thing that we did not achieve was sleep. So by the time we landed in Johannesburg we were tired. The flight was totally uneventful and once again we landed on time. We were staying in a hotel attached to the airport but found that getting there was a healthy hike. Having finally reached the hotel and checked in, I discovered I had left a small but needed item at home and needed ... read more
O. R. Tambo Statue in the Airport

North America » United States » South Carolina November 18th 2022

Our bags are packed and ready to go on our "bucket list" trip to South Africa. I have always wanted to travel to Africa to photograph the abundant wildlife that are only available to us via zoos. The opportunity arose to take a safari in South Africa and see the animals in the wild. So today we load the bags in the car and head to Charlotte International Airport to start what is essentially a 24 hour trip to Johannesburg. Checking our bags and getting to our gate was fast and easy and soon we were on our first leg to Atlanta, Georgia where we will board our 15 hour flight to Johannesburg. Both flights left close to on time so all is starting out well.... read more
Leaving Charlotte
Over Lake Wiley
Outside of Atlanta

Our final day in Costa Rica found us once again on the bus traveling to San Jose. We returned to the same hotel we have been to twice before, the Studio Hotel. After getting to our room and freshening up we walked to the nearby Italian restaurant for lunch. After lunch we returned to the hotel to join the City Tour. After being dropped off by the National Theater we had a look inside the theater and walked some nearby streets. We spent some time in the Gold Museum which contains artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. It included pottery and clay artifacts as well as many of the items made from gold. The gold items range from very small gold pieces to larger plate sized pieces. From the museum we walked past older ... read more
Inside the theater
Inside the theater
Street Vendors

After breakfast this morning, we had a short ride to the Manuel Antonio National Park. This is a very small park along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We did a walking tour of the park walking in to the beach where we had several hours to enjoy the beach if we desired. The walk yielded very little new to our wildlife list with the exception of a few bugs. The larger animals consisted of monkeys and sloths. The White-faced Monkeys here are very bold and will steal items right off the beach if you do not watch your belongings. Raccoons will do the same as we watched one check out some backpacks. After walking into the beach, we spent a short while sitting at a table near the beach before deciding to walk out of ... read more
Capuchin Monkey eating from the tree
Black Iguana
Sleeping Sloth

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