South Africa Safari – Zebras

Zebra

Zebra

Burchell’s zebras once populated the African plains in great numbers. Wild herds were thought to have disappeared by 1910. When European settlement spread north from the Cape to Rhodesia, this subspecies was believed to have been hunted to extinction. We saw them on eco-safari. When water is abundant, herds can be observed around waterholes, where they drink and roll in dust to remove parasites. Every animal’s hide markings is unique – like a fingerprint.

Zebra

Zebra

Zebra

Zebra

Zebras and Antelope

Zebras and Antelope

How close you get to these animals on eco-safari? CLOSE.
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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.
Read about it online at:
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South Africa Safari – The African Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

The African Elephant is the largest land mammal.  Male African elephants can reach a height of 4 m (13 ft) and weigh 7,000 kg (15,000 lb).  They have a long trunk used for many purposes, for grasping objects and taking up water. Their incisors grow into tusks, which serve as tools for moving things and digging and as weapons for fighting.

Water is essential to regulation of body temperature, so an elephant drinks 150 litres a day.  To keep cool, they also gently flap their ears to expose shallow blood vessels on the underside.

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

Drinking

From our nearby position, there was so much water moving – it sounded almost like a toilet flushing.

We Get Close

We Get Close

We were told that the elephant eats up to 300kg of plant material a day – digesting only half of that. The remaining material winds up in their excrement – which contains sharp thorns and twigs. We were told that you shouldn’t run over it with your vehicle or risk puncturing your tires!  (Talk about a cast iron stomach.)

Elephant Poop

Elephant Poop

Because of their size, predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas and wild dogs usually keep their distance – targeting only the young elephants (or “calves”).

How Close?

How Close?

How close did we get to these animals on safari? CLOSE.

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About the blogger:
Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that takes place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies. You can read about it online at: http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com

South Africa – Safari

What is it like to go on an African safari?  My son and his wife took us to Balule Nature Preserve – next to Kruger National Park in South Africa.  This was an eco-safari – no hunting.  Over the next few weeks, I will blog about it.

Safari Ride

Safari Ride

We stayed at the Naledi Lodges in the preserve in wonderful accommodations. Twice a day (6am and 4pm) we boarded an open safari vehicle and rode around the vast preserve looking for animals, birds, and reptiles. These rides were three to four hours long, with a break midway for refreshments and necessaries in the bush.

Safari Vehicle

Safari Vehicle

How close do you get to the animals? Very close.

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Best to let him cross the road…

Our room at the lodge

Our room at the lodge

Our room at the lodge was very spacious and well appointed.

The Food

The Food

The food was good and nicely presented.  We tried some unusual things – Ostrich and Kudu.

The Fire Pit

The Fire Pit

We had gatherings and drinks around the fire pit.

Fire pit at night

Fire pit at night

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About the author:
Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga that take place in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.
You can read about it at:
http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com