South Africa: Safari Pics

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In June, I went to South Africa this summer as a part of my doctoral studies. We spend about a week in and around Cape Town for the required class portion, and then a few of us went on a safari together near Hoedspruit. I have shared a few photos on social media but wanted to share more, as I finally have time to do it.

Our safari was at the Kapama Private Game Reserve. They have four different lodges on their property. We stayed at the River Lodge–the largest of the four lodges. It was amazing!

Every day there were two game drives–one that started before dawn and another that started before sunset. The guide drove and the tracker sat on the front of the vehicle giving instructions to the guide on where to find the animals based on tracks and other clues left behind. We were lucky enough to see all of the big five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo) as well as many others.

buffalo

It was surreal to see these animals in their natural habitats. I gained a new appreciation for their evolutionary adaptations after seeing them against the landscape in this area of South Africa.

So much more I could say, but pictures say so much more…

If you have been contemplating a safari, I highly recommend it. If you have any questions about our adventure, I would be happy to share more info–it was amazing! And it’s on my list of things to do again!

Big thank you to my classmate Aaron for sharing his great photographs so I could fill in some that didn’t turn out great from my vantage point.

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