Oh man, I’ve finally come to the conclusion of my trip to South Africa with Ottie last year! This last post took months to write, and by write, I actually mean organise-my-photos. Our last three days in South Africa were spent completely disconnected from all online activity and living on a schedule that consisted of sleeping at 10pm and waking up at 5.30am. On the bright side, we were extremely lucky to spot so many animals during these three days, despite missing out on two game drives thanks to our flight schedule; Ottie had a field day listing all of them including the Big Five at Kruger National Park. Score! As for me, I was satisfied just having seen the Giraffe, my favourite mammal, in the wild. All the baby animals were a bonus. Double score!
First, here’s a video compilation of our three drives! It was a headache choosing which ones to put in – I took so many clips it was ridiculous. If you watch till the end, our vehicle had stalled after we sat and marvelled at having seen not one, but two leopards at night – the male leopard was trying to chase the female. It was pretty exhilarating to witness the male leopard walk towards us while the guys pushed the vehicle in order to restart the battery. I never knew how small leopards actually are! They’re actually pretty cute once you get past the carnivorous aspect…
Pictures! I found myself sorely lacking a telephoto lens for this trip, but so many animals ventured close to our vehicle that it mostly didn’t matter all that much… although I’d have liked to get a closer look at the ostriches and their hatchlings in the distance.
Joey (our ranger) spotted a pair of cheetahs in the far distance! We swear he’s got superhuman eyes. He also couldn’t stop ranting about how stupid these species were – a lot of them died as a result of an overestimation of their own abilities apparently.
Apparently, these giraffe bones were the result of a killing by a lion at our lodge. Staff had to drag the carcass further out because the scavengers which would soon follow would have been a problem.
Bush Baby (Galago). They were so cute jumping from one branch to another.