Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Little Corner of the World...on Our Last Game Drive...



On our last day in Zambia, we went on one last game drive.
We weren't expecting much as the game park was very small.


Who knew we'd see the largest herd of elephants of the trip!


This guy was quite stately...


...and bee-lining his way to...


...SNACKS!!!

He very diligently shook this tree until the nuts fell off.


Then he grazed on the nuts...kind of like a vacuum cleaner...
...and...repeat!!!


And what, might you ask, is this?

It's a termite mound!!!

These were all over South Africa and here in Zambia.


Now...if you've been to our house...you know why I took this!!!


TheChief was in South Africa once before...
...he brought this lovely warthog home with him...
...the warthog sits prominently in our living room...
...he is the bain of my existence!!!

Whoever comes over either loves him or hates him!!!


What's not to love with a face like this???


This Rhino and her baby were a bit hidden behind the plants...
...which was a good thing as we were only about 30 yards away!

We pulled to a stop on the road, got out and walked to where these Rhino were.
Yep...we walked.  Which meant we were on foot when I took this.

Our guide told us when we began our trek, "...in Africa it is never good to run".

He told us that if the Rhino started to move toward us, to slowly back away,
then walk away...SLOWLY!

Well...they did start to walk toward us and we did just what he told us to do...
...and lived to tell it!!!

I felt pretty safe as our guides had these giant AK47's strapped to them.
Fortunately, TheChief didn't tell me until we got back that 
an AK47 wouldn't even pierce the hide of the Rhino.
They carried the AK47's to use on poachers!!!

***Update!!!***
TheChief told me that the AK47 could pierce the hide of the Rhino...
but it wouldn't stop it!!!
Glad I didn't know that until after the fact!!!
I had visions of the scene in Hatari where John Wayne, Red Buttons
and their crew were trying to capture the Rhino...
and he kept charging the jeeps...


Our guide and TheChief!!!


This little guy climbed inside the window of a car not far from us when we 
stopped for our sundowner.
He apparently needed a map...


Our last sundowner spot, next to the Zambezi.


I'm really not complaining...but at Singita we had beer and wine at our 
sundowner parties!


Our last African sunset...


...and our last evening to enjoy this spectacular hotel's porch.


The next day we headed home...
...first stop...
...the Zambia airport.


Not particularly comfortable for waiting...


...but there was plenty of floor space!!!

From Livingstone Zambia to Johannesburg South Africa...
...from Johannesburg to London...
...and London to LA.

Sadly...this was the end of one of the best trips of my life!!!




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Monday, July 11, 2016

Our Little Corner of the World..Getting a Birds Eye View of Victoria Falls!!!




We weren't quite satisfied with our walk along the edge of Victoria Falls...
...so we decided to take to the skies!!!


We arrived at the heliport and had to take care of the usual paperwork...
...you know...
the paperwork that says you won't sue the beejeebies out of them if the helicopter falls out of the sky!


To keep our minds off the fact that we've just signed our lives away...
...this smiling gentleman entertained us with his traditional music.


On the way to the helicopter we saw these beautiful flowers.


And here it is!  Our sweet ride!


Take off was interesting and fun...


...with pretty incredible views!


If you look to the left of center you'll see a row of buildings...
...that is our hotel!
And off to the right, you can see the spray from the falls.


Pretty amazing crevice!!!
See the rainbow near the top of the falls crevice?


This made me think of all the earthquake movies that show the earth just opening up!!!


There's a bit of reflection on the window glass...


...but if you look closely, you can see the falls.


Seeing the bridge and the cars on the road begins to put this massive natural wonder into perspective!



More reflections in the window...but wow!  What a view!!!



We even saw some elephants from up in the wild blue yonder!


Back safely on the ground...and ready for our next adventure!





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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Our Little Corner of the World....Going on an Elephant Walk!




I don't know about you...
...but I was (and still am) a huge fan of movies such as Hatari
and Elephant Walk.

So is it a wonder that I jumped at the chance to ride an elephant???


Who can resist this face???


As we arrived at the "Elephant Ranch"...
The elephant trainers rode the elephants out for us to meet and greet.


This is Danny...
Do you think it's a coincidence we rode Danny?
Not only was he named after TheChief...
...but he was the biggest of all the elephants!!!


Some got to ride individually on the smaller elephants...
...others rode two at a time.
And of course...we had a couple of little stragglers!!!


It didn't take long to get used to the motion of the elephant's walk...
...a slow, rhythmic walk, similar to a horse...
...only much, much bigger!!!
Each of the elephants were guided by the trainer who sat in front...
...we, the riders, sat behind the trainer and just enjoyed the ride!!!


These two young-uns followed us throughout the ride.


Now mind you, elephants have a bit of a mind of their own...
...especially when they're hungry and they see a tasty looking tree!!!


I have to admit that I had a bit of animal rights angst about the whole concept.
Were they captives?  Were they well treated?


So I asked the trainer about it....


He told us that the elephants are not captive.
Most of them had been rescued, and when necessary, nursed back to health.
There was an enclosure of sorts that the elephants stayed in over night,
but it was open, and they are totally free to come and go.


He told us that one of the females took off awhile back and was gone for about 6 months.
She came back, and is continuing to stay.


A few of the elephants were born while in the encampment
and they've stayed with their mothers while growing up.
The two young ones were born here.


The elephants were well cared for.


Big Danny was quite accommodating to us when it was picture time...
...but I think he was more interested in snacks!


They're quite regal animals aren't they?


No...that's not a tear.  Just a bit of goopy eye junk!!!
This is one time when massive wrinkles are the highlight of a picture!!!


This little one liked the idea of snacks too...


This girl had a great time...she was there with her parents...
...but she rode a smaller elephant by herself.
She laughed the entire time!
She has a great smile!



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