Day 19  of  The A to Z  Blogging Challenge

S is for Safari

Before I begin my post, I want to let you know that I saved up and traveled to various places from the teacher’s salary that I earned when I lived overseas. And, of course, living overseas allowed me to get to other places more cheaply. So, no, I wasn’t independently wealthy.  I was frugal. I planned in advance and stayed with my overseas friends, or in inexpensive lodging so that I could spend my money on what I really wanted. Lodging meant little to me. Seeing meant a lot.

With that said, I’d like to share some of the photographs I took before my vision got so bad when I was on safari in Kenya and South Africa.  I was very fortunate in that I had a great camera lens. These animals, which look so tame, were all in the wild and quite far away from our jeep. We have had wonderful guides. In fact, we learned we had one of the most experienced guides to give tours in Kenya. My colleagues took it upon themselves to follow up on getting his experiences down on paper. I never read it, however. He could spot incredible animals in motion, like a pregnant leopard and a cougar taking a giraffe up a tree!  Yikes, glad I couldn’t see that far!

Here are some of the photos I could find right off the bat. Not sure where all the others are stored.

a rhino at Kruger National Park  South Africa
a rhino at Kruger National Park South Africa
We saw herds of zebras. This was the start of one. I couldn't believe I got a photo with a baby zebra in it!
We saw herds of zebras in Kenya.This was the start of one. I couldn’t believe I caught a shot with a baby zebra!

The zebra can run fast, we learned, but its stripes make it an easy target for some of the other animals.

We never saw any lions that were not in a small pack - Kenya
We never saw any lions that were not in a small pack – Kenya
I don't remember the names of these creatures but they also ran in enormous-size herds and were beautiful!
The impalas also ran in enormous-sized herds
This is obviously a postcard but what I love about it is that there are zebras and giraffes together!
This is obviously a postcard but what I love about it is that there are zebras and giraffes together!

For me to view these animals in the wild was amazing! The roads were pretty bad and some of the kids in our party became quite nauseous. But to see both the animals in their natural habitat and to see how excited the kids – wow! 

Just leaving our room outside Kruger Park in South Africa
Just leaving my room outside Kruger Park in South Africa

Looking back on my experiences, I cannot believe I was able to capture such close-ups.  If one sees “the Big Five,” (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and cape buffalo), they are fortunate indeed. But we saw so much more, including a sea of pink flamingos! Not easy to differentiate. I just saw a thin line of pink though there were hundreds, maybe even thousands. By that time, my eyesight was really diminishing.

When I see or hear of trophy hunters standing next to their pray, it just kills me inside. To kill an animal with a big gun is not a conquest in my eyes. It’s cowardly, and against nature. It’s not survival. It’s just showing off at the expense of a beautiful natural life form and the rhythm of the jungle

You have just read “S is for Safari,” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright April 28, 2016.  You can see who else is participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge HERE

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4 thoughts on “S is for Safari

  • April 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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    Excellent post. I totally get the feeling you feel about hunters hunting for a trophy with big guns (or by any means, for that matter). Hunt for food? Sure. Go for it, if you need it.

    And I understand your need to post HOW you were able to afford all these fabulous adventures. So many of us would love to see these parts of the world, too, but aren’t ready to pick up our lives and relocate there, WORK and SAVE, and have the time to BE there.

  • April 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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    Melissa,
    Oh, you wouldn’t believe how gorgeous it is to see herds of animals running in the wild or elephant families munching on leaves on a certain kind of acacia tree. These were trips I would scrimp and save for again! And with a knowledgeable guide, you can learn and experience even more!
    Thanks for reading and commenting!
    Amy

  • May 5, 2015 at 5:18 am
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    Wow. I love looking at safari photos. One day it will reach the top of our adventure list and we will go, but for now I get to live vicariously through your blog. Thanks.

  • May 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm
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    Hi Rhonda,
    So glad to have you back again! You’re welcome. Hope the safari will make a slow but steady push to the top of your list! The safari is, as you say, such a big adventure! Totally different to see them in their environment than seeing them at a zoo.
    Have a great day! I enjoyed meeting you in the A to Z Challenge!
    Amy

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