On Safari

Still two days behind in my posts…

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On Sunday, I woke up extra early for the “comfortable two hour-drive” to the Aquila Private Game Reserve. What I wasn’t told as I set out on the N1 Highway was that the first half of the drive would be through blinding fog!

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I still made it in time for a hot breakfast, before loading into a topless Range Rover with five other tourists and our guide, Jacques. Jacques was great, though he seemed a bit obsessed with rhino droppings, picking up soccer ball-sized turds to show us at every available opportunity.

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And here are the owners of said droppings, a female white rhino and her young’un. It should be noted that the mama rhino is already pregnant with her second…

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… Proving must frustrating to this guy, a poor white-but-with-blue-balls rhino bull.

You can click here for a short QuickTime movie (no sound) of a lion. They were serving the final days of a mandatory eight-month quarantine, to ensure they wouldn’t spread disease to the other animals. It was a bit of a drag that they were stuck behind an electric fence, but once they are released into the park there won’t be any more open-air vehicles driving around it!

By the way, the lioness in the movie is stalking some horseback riders who passed by us… Sucks to be them!

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Pity the poor giraffes of Aquila, who have no food at their own height to feed on, and must duck way, way down for ground-level sustenance.

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And a pleasant and unexpected surprise came after lunch, when two friendly native South Africans — Emelda and Marianna — asked if I would give them a lift back to town. In return I got to ask all sorts of questions about Cape-tonian life, and got hipped to “Wicked Wednesdays” on SABC, which I’ll be checking out tomorrow night!

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One Response to On Safari

  1. Tracey says:

    Great images, Andrew. Thanks so much for sharing!

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