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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snapshots from Africa, Page One

This is the first time I've been able to log into my blog since I arrived in Africa a few days ago, which I would specify if I knew what today was.

I am at a private animal reserve 2-1/2 hours north of Johannesburg in what is called "bushveld,"  trees and grasslands.  The lodge is Mabula Game Lodge.  We go on three hour safaris each morning at 5 am and each evening at 4:30, guided by a Zulu named Francis.

So, I'll be posting some photos here for now because I don't know how long this internet connection will work or when the megabytes I paid for will expire.  When I return to Alaska, I'll tell you more about my adventures (like being trapped in a stairwell in the Joh-burg hotel.   So fat today--and it's just 10 AM--I've had three adventures, not including the blue dung beetles.

White Rhino

Male Impala




The most dangerous of the Big Five, the Cape Buffalo

A medium size porcupine quill, about 8 inches long.


The elusive lioness


Red Hartebeest in the shade.

Add captionBaby Impala, maybe 2 weeks old, very unusual for this time of year.

Male and female lions


Today's sunrise

Babboon on lodge grounds

Lioness watching nearby Impala

Hippo and baby

Lioness in trail


  1. Holy moly!!! Your photos are fabulous!!! How lucky I am to see what your seeing without all the travel woes and vaccines!!! Thanks a million for that, Gully.

  2. Wow- amazing scenery! Again, Shaddy and I get to live vicariously through you!

  3. That is incredible! You have taken some beautiful pictures! What an amazing experience.

  4. Right there in spirit with you, girl! Makes me think of the African adventures my parents went on .... I think Africa was their favorite!

  5. Your photos are marvelous as usual. Today's sunrise is great.

    What kind of camera are you using?

    Stay safe and enjoy.

  6. I have sensory overload (in a very good way) -- can only imagine how you must be feeling, seeing all this teeming life. The giraffe!!!

  7. wow! .. we mean WOW!.. so great to have you up-on-line and posting the above phenomenal photos .. Smiles .. Cap and Patti ..