South Africa
December 2007

I, along with one of my co-workers, led a group from the U.S. on a safari expedition into the
bushveld of South Africa. We also visited some close friends at the Savannah Cheetah Foundation
outside of Johannesburg and hung out with their cheetahs for a few days.
Take a look at the photos below. For us, it was like watching National Geographic in  real life.


Me with a friend at the Savannah Cheetah Foundation Headquarters.


Landing in Johannesburg


This beautiful sand dune is actually leftover sediment  from a gold mine.

The Savannah Cheetah Foundation
Free State, South Africa


These are our tents overlooking the watering hole.


Pretty nice for tents, eh?


Sherri and I had a lot of "Camera Wars"


The fantastic group I traveled with.
(left to right) Joe, Marty, Mike, me, Ashley, Kheira, Carmen, Beckie, Claire & Sherri.


Mama ostrich . . . .


 . . . . baby ostrich

Mala Mala Game Reserve
is one of the premier destinations for wildlife viewing worldwide. 
This private reserve not only boasts 40,000 acres and 22km of river running through it, it is also completely isolated from the outside world by other smaller preserves to
the west and the 2.2million acres of Kruger National Park to the east. There are no fences between the preserves, so the animals can migrate back and forth freely.


Life in the wild is tough. This young male lion is already missing an eye.


 


You can see how close you actually get to the wildlife. Remember this is not a zoo, these are WILD animals.


At the watering hole.


The real life Pride Rock


We saw 12 lions eating a large male giraffe.


 You can see this cub is actually inside the carcass.


As you can imagine a dead giraffe is pretty ripe after a few days. All of the lovely white stuff you see
in the photo is actually a squirming heap of Maggots!


Impala


Steppe Buzzard 


Lilac Breasted Roller
 


Weaver Bird


 Maribou Stork


Saddle Bill Stork

 Yellow Hornbill

Spoonbill and Egyptian Goose


  . . . . .and I don't know what this bird is.


Tawny Eagle


 Giant Kingfisher


Weaver Bird


Cape Buffalo


The Ox-peckers (the little birds on the back) help keep many of the mega fauna free from external parasites.


Flat Neck Chameleon (yeah, it's the green one)


Clipspringer


If you notice in the right hand photo, there is actually a baby nursing.


Dung Beatle . . . . . . . . . .one of the many poisonous flowers


Jackals


Two leopards mating is one of the rarest sights in nature. 


Giraffe


 It's a pretty rare sight seeing a giraffe lying down.


Breakfast in the "Bush"


Our guides were always armed while in the bush, just in case.


Kheira and a new friend.


 


Our guides in the bush, Benz and Nicko


Nyala


Dwarf Mongoose


 Photo of a baboon and a nyala. This was taken from my back porch.


 Vervet monkey and baby.


Monkey Fun


White Rhino


Wild Dogs


They look and act a lot like domestic dogs.


Vultures


Warthog


Zebra


 

Lesedi
This is a cultural village we visited.


Drinking a native form of beer. They used a little grass strainer/spoon to sift the bugs out first.


Pieter & Estell (our hosts from Savannah)


 . . . . . .The Gang at Lesedi


The rings around the legs and neck are more than just decoration. Not that long ago, men would capture women from neighboring tribes 
and keep them as wives. The captors would place heavy metal rings around the legs of the captured women to slow them down and make
escape difficult. The thought goes, the more rings, the more beautiful the girl. As fashion dictated, women started rings
quite willingly to bring to attention their beauty.


 


 Mopani worms . . .YUM! (yes, I ate one)


A warrior and I traded hats.