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Click Here – Thorny Bush Game Reserved – South Africa
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“The Battle at Kruger Park” – Click Here It’s 8 minutes long, has a happy ending and worth the watch! We didn’t get to see this action, but it will give you a feel for the experience. Enjoy!
Quick drive back thorough Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Park en route to Thornybush Reserve. Hluhluwe is pronounced Schloo-shoo-ee…. Go figure!
Springbok abound – note the bird on his back
Giraffe blend in surprisingly well in the foliage
Not often you see a Rhino in the road
Keep your distance
Cape Buffalo are one of the most dangerous animals in South Africa despite being vegetarians
Bird of prey
Thornybush is a private game reserve with joins Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa
Landrovers with tourists
Not many, but they did have a few hippos here
The elephants literally rubbed agains the vehicle, pretty much not caring too much about us!
It still is a bit intimidating when Mr. Elephant starts coming toward you
An old soul
Looking into Kruger National Park
Our only leopard siting here at Thonybush
Cape Buffalo……don’t get too close
Look close….it’s not a twig!
I love there faces
Grazin’ in the Grass
Life and death on the open range
The KING of the Jungle
We were IN our vehicle, but only 15 feet away from this enormous male lion
His mouth is agape to cool off, much like a dog panting
One of the King’s girlfriends
Despite the ferocious look……
He was just yawning……:-)
Nice puddy tat!….:-)
Morning coffee…. We get up at 5 am to see the animals before they hide in the bush. This was an Italian couple and their translator guide.
Our main guide and spotter
Our only Cheetah sighting
High in a tree (yes with telephoto lens), this is a VERY poisonous snake
Right as we were leaving Thornybush, only a few hundred yards from the resort… We came across this big guy
Unfortunately, Chinese Medicine believes that the horn of the Rhino is an aphrodisiac. Ridiculous of course, but these horns can fetch up to $200,000 dollars in China.
Look at the size of those horns
Several hundred of these Black Rhinos are poached illegally every year in South Africa. It’s an ongoing problem and yes, corruption and big money are in play
Driving back to South Africa…We visited the Blyde River Canyon and drove through the small landlocked nation of Swaziland
Alexandra with Elephant Skull – Blyde River Museum
Various African animal skulls in the museum
Blyde River Canyon dam
Alexandra doesn’t like standing over precipices. This one got her vertigo going.