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Monday, February 10, 2014

Snapshots from Africa, Page Nine

Safari drives in Kruger National Park

This elephant is shaking the marula tree to knock loose some marula fruit.

Kruger bushveld in early morning light

Cape Buffalo

Wild dog

Wild Dogs.  These are true wild dogs, not domestic dogs gone feral.

Highly endangered, though reintroduction programs are attempting to save them.

Frmale Kudu

Klipspringer, a small antelope that lives in rocky areas

Another pack of Wild Dogs!



Bataleur eagle

Babboon with young

Sunrise in Kruger park


  1. I forget .. forgetfulness goes-with aging .. are you on a 'Game Reserve'? It seems to me that the animals appear to be 'used-to' people to some degree .. is this correct? Or are some of them truly wild and some of them quite tame since you have photos of actually touching some of them. I assume the feral Wild Dogs do NOT come up to you or do they? What a trip you are experiencing. Smiles .. Cap and Patti and 'Zilla and Gordy 48025 ..

    1. Mabula Game Reserve is a fenced, privately owned reserve of 46.33 square miles. Chobe National Park in Botswana is not fenced, but its boundaries enclose 4,517 sq miles. Kruger National Park in South Africa, 7,523 sq miles, is fenced. The animals are used to the safari vehicles. Visitors are NOT allowed to get out of the vehicles.

      All the animals are wild. The Wild Dogs are true wild animals, not feral, that is, domesticated dogs gone wild. They will not approach you.

      Sylvester the cheetah was orphaned and raised privately then donated as an ambassador. The elephants I touched and rode are trained, but still considered wild animals.

    2. Thank You so much for the feed-back .. I hope that it will help others also .. Many Smiles .. Cap and Patti and 'Zilla and Gordy 48025 ..

  2. I have to giggle .. seldom if ever do I sneak in with a first comment .. Smiles .. Cap and Patti and 'Zilla and Gordy 48025 all following with me ..

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  4. I've really been enjoying this series, what a beautiful place and how awesome it must be to see all these animals in their habitat. Enjoy and keep clicking that camera so we can ride along with you.