Super Moon

Last night on our last evening of our African Safari, we waited quite a while and then I took a shot of the Super Moon. Very impressive!

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 22 Image

Tonight is our last full night in South Africa and on safari. It has been an amazing experience! The lodge where we have stayed for the past 5 nights has been nothing short of incredible! The people are so friendly and dedicated, the food delicious and the guides and trackers knowledgable and fantastic. If you have an opportunity to visit South Africa and do a safari I highly recommend Lion Sands Game Reserve. You will not be disappointed. Today’s safari’s were as wonderful as all of the others. This evening we saw African Wild Dogs which are rare to see. There are only about 350 of these dogs in total in Kruger National Park. Their hunting skills are legendary and they kill approximately 70% of what they hunt. Today’s image, while it could have been any one of the amazing animals we saw today, I decided it was going to be a classic African sunset. I hope you enjoy.AfricanSunset_9209

Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 21 Image

Day 3 of our African Safari was just as wonderful as the previous days! Today between the morning safari and the evening safari we saw the Big 5 again. Our tracker and guide are amazing! This morning they tracked a young, male leopard and we watched him for almost an hour as he watched a herd of Impala’s. However he was not in  a good position to strike as he was across a river. Before the leopard tracking however we ran into a small herd of elephants. One of the females, pictured below was digging in a hole with her tusk after bulbs. She also had a young calf. Below are Mom and Calf.

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 20 Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of our safari here in South Africa was just as incredible as Day 1! This evening we completed the Big 5 by seeing a water buffalo. On both safari’s we saw Rhino’s, Giraffe’s. Elephants, a Crocodile, Mongoose, Eagle Owl, and lots of other species of birds along with  these magnificent lions! There were 4 younger males with a female. This is one of the younger males. We were sitting in a jeep less than 3 meters from these guys! WOW!Lion_8354

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 19 Image

What an incredible Day 1 of our safari to Kruger National Park in South Africa! All I can say is WOW! This morning we saw 3 of the big 5, Elephants, Lions and Rhino’s along with others plus a variety of birds. On our evening safari we saw an amazing female leopard! She was incredible and very calm until the Hyena walked across the river and walked within a metre of her. However neither of them were interested in fighting. In addition we went back to where we had seen the 2 lions this morning and a third had joined them. One of them left the other 2 a short time after we arrived and walked along the road. He went about 50 to 100 meters and then started roaring! This is something that apparently is not common for safari people to see. An amazing day! Here is a shot of the beautiful leopard.

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 18 Image

This morning we left our hotel at Victoria Falls and headed to Kruger National Park and the Lion Sands resort. We arrived in time for dinner. On the way through the park we saw Impala’s and Spotted Hyena’s. We are looking very forward to the beginning of our safari tomorrow early morning. This is a shot of some African art work from our hotel. 

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 17 Image

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to see the biggest waterfall in the world and one of the seven natural wonders. Today I got that opportunity. First we did a walking tour of the mighty Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya in local dialect meaning the Smoke that Thunders). We were absolutely drenched from the spray. Shortly after completing the walking tour we decided to do a helicopter tour. That was absolutely wonderful! The perspective from the helicopter is vastly different from that of the walking tour. It shows the immense size of this impressive waterfall. 

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – June 16 Image

After a very long day of travel we finally made it to our hotel in Zambia and a 5 minute walk to Victoria Falls. However rather than go to the falls we went on a Zambezi River cruise up river from the mighty Victoria Falls. The cruise was leisurely and along the way we saw quite a bit of wildlife including baboons and these Hippopotamus’s. Obviously it was a rough day for this one as all he seemed to do was yawn! I know how you feel big guy!

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