Africa Quiz #1

We will be off the grid for the next 12 to 14 days. Here’s where we will be.

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I don’t know how long my access will last, so I’m going to quickly post a few more photos, but first a big thank you to all who comments on my blog. I feel like you are traveling along with me and I am enjoying our conversation…but if I reply to you, I won’t have time to upload.

I think travel should be educational, especially now that I have grandnieces and a grandnephew. Kate, Jack, Ava and Bonnie, I want to show you the world, even though you are still too little now, and I want you to think quizzes are fun, so this is for the young, and the young at heart.

What animal do you think made THESE tracks?

What animal do you think made THESE tracks?

Do you know why a giraffe eats a few leaves from one tree, then moves to another, then another?

Do you know why a giraffe eats a few leaves from one tree, then moves to another, then another?

 

What do you think is under the water?

What do you think is under the water?

 

What is the name of this animal

What is the name of this animal

Here are some true/ false questions
1 elephant dung is edible
2 antelope dung can be used to play a popular bush game
3 hippos are especially dangerous; rhinos are not

Answers when we return to Johannesburg

Karongwe River Lodge

Spectacular, unexpected, luxurious, exciting, thrilling, educational….I could continue to pump out the adjectives and still not do justice to this incredible place!  So, I’m going to give my words a bit of a rest and let the photos do the bulk of the communication.

How fantastic is this room?  We have a private deck overlooking the river.

How great is this room? We have a private deck overlooking the river.

If you think the tub is great, just wait till you see the shower!

If you think the tub is great, just wait till you see the shower!

Yep, that IS a huge window inside the shower.  You can look out at the river and be grateful you don't have to bathe in it!

Yep, that IS a huge window inside the shower. You can look out at the river and be grateful you don’t have to bathe in it!

We had springbok filet which was absolutely delicious, plus more standard fare, like caramelized parsnips

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We had our picnics during our two daily game drives: coffee and pastries to tide us over till our huge breakfast, and "sundowners" (beverage of choice--mine was wine) in the afternoon.

We had our picnics during our two daily game drives: coffee and pastries to tide us over till our huge breakfast, and “sundowners” (beverage of choice–mine was wine) in the afternoon. Setepi and Sondy, our driver and tracker

But it really was all about the animals, so I’m going to upload a couple of shots before the Internet shuts down on me. Here goes…

A cheetah

A cheetah

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Saving the best for last…

A leopard looking for breakfast

A leopard looking for breakfast

Two Hours Till Blast Off

Remember that standard issue duffel bag?  The one that all OAT travelers get?  I decided I didn’t want to waste time at baggage areas determining which of the identical bags belonged to me,  so I did a bit of “bag enhancement”.P1060071I know, I know…I probably should have given it some thought BEFORE I went wild with the sharpie markers, but hey, I figured I dramatically decreased the odds that this bag will be stolen.   What self respecting thief would want to be seen dragging this along?  Besides, a smart thief would suspect the bag’s contents would be equally jumbled and lacking in style.

I very thoughtfully had a “go” at Mike’s bag.  A bit less exuberantly, but enough to provide the afore mentioned advantages.

We will be flying almost 8,000 miles.  To put that into perspective, it is the equivalent of 2.5 flights from NJ to California, and it will take about the same length of time–15 hours.

We spend the night in Johannesburg then leave the following morning for Karongwe, a game reserve close to Kruger National Park.  For all the map lovers, here’s a visual.

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Three nights later, we return to Johannesburg.  If I’m lucky, I’ll have wildlife photos to post.

Over and out!