Today I will take you on a picture tour of our morning boat safari back in February 2008...for those people just joining, I had decided it was waaay too boring to keep writing about cleaning my house and packing, so I am re-living the memories of our "trip of a lifetime" and telling you all about it! When I left off last time, we were waiting for our camp escort to arrive and bring us down to the lake for our boat safari. We met the rest of our group at the office, and headed off down to the lakefront to board our boats.
We climbed into our boat, joined by 2 Canadian sisters, Brenda and Broda. The driver started the engine, and we slowly putted into the lake, passing by the back of our camp:
This was our tent with the couch and writing table on the veranda facing the lake. Awesome!
We drifted close to the hippos: It was so interesting to watch them on their own level. As the slowly bobbed up and down, it reminded me of the carnival game, Whack-a-Mole :-).
Golden Weaver...these birds weave nests that hang from tree branches. They make several of them in one tree, using them as decoys so that predators can't tell which nest has the young in it.
Goliath heron...this dude was really very tall, unfortunately there's nothing in the picture to give a size comparison.
And for the "circle of life" photo...yes, these
Malachite Kingfishers are doing what you think they are :-). I was so very fortunate to get this photo, they are tiny and move very fast. I was stunned upon reviewing the photos at how clear and focused it is.
We continued down the lake, cruising past beautiful, unusual scenery ( to our eyes, anyway) and some impala grazing along the shore.
As we wound up our cruise, it was with a feeling of disbelief...48 hours previously, I was back home on Long Island, waiting breathlessly to board my plane, wondering what on earth I had gotten myself into. Now, here, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this. And, I still have 9 1/2 days left!
After returning to dock, we were taken to the dining "tent" for lunch:
Note the beautiful painting on the wall, the statues in the corner, how nicely the tables are made up. Incredibly civilized, eh?
After a delicious lunch of cold gazpacho soup, and barbecued chicken with roasted potatoes, we were taken back to our tents for afternoon siesta. It was very hot and humid this far south, and the break was designed to give you time to take a nap, have a shower, or write about your adventures so far! I could get used to a siesta :-). At 3PM we would be brought back to the office, and go out on our afternoon jeep safari. And that will be my next tale! Thanks so much for reading, and see you soon!