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.
|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|
|Babboon on lodge grounds|
|Lioness watching nearby Impala|
|Hippo and baby|
|Lioness in trail|