Thursday, October 8, 2009

Working On My ROAR

Before the sun was up, we were on the trail of an African elephant during a game walk in the granddaddy of them all, Kruger National Park. Led by two rangers with rifles, we learned great tips on animal tracking by examining footprints and a lot of dung.

During the day, we drove the Hyundai around and saw a mother lion with two baby cubs, a herd of buffalo on the water's edge and hippos getting feisty in their local watering holes.

While eating lunch, we sat at a watering hole admiring several species of birds and antelope quench their thirst. We pulled up to a traffic jam of cars watching a male lion in the bush that we couldn't quite see. Suddenly, an older cub walked out in the direction of our car. He showed us that he was working on his roar when he opened his mouth and let out a few very adorable meows. We watched in awe for a few seconds before he turned around and returned to his elders.

In the early evening we climbed into a large safari truck for our sunset drive. Early into the ride, we spotted an adult male lion close to the road. We oohed and awwed at his beautiful mane and piercing yellow eyes. When we thought it couldn't get any better, he got up and climbed the rocks, looking like the true king of the jungle.

6 comments:

Hadley said...

Incredible Temple! love the Elephants!

Ted said...

That Male Lion picture gave my de ja vu of the Lion that leaped "into" our Lorrie.

foster said...

Great birds! and the silhouette of the howling hippo! plus the young zebra..so cute! That lion looks so wise and benign...in really life did it make your hearts race?

Addie said...

INSANE!!! Can't imagine really seeing that...lucky dogs

Stuart said...

greetings from the city of lights amigos- the trip looks amazing and its been fun following each of the entries- the pics and videos have been a welcome distraction away from studying for the bar- i think yall and taylor just missed each other in south africa a couple weeks ago, small world eh? safe travels, stuart

biddy said...

oh, it's a drream come true!