South Africa – So many animals, so little time!!

On my recent trip to South Africa, one of the most impressive things was the sheer variety of animals you see!  We saw our first giraffes right off the freeway!!  You don’t see that in the states.  As an animal lover, I was enthralled with all of the animals we saw!

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One of the highlights of the trip for me was seeing both kinds of rhinos.  The black rhino is very rare and you don’t see many of them.  I was pretty proud of myself because I spotted it.  All those years of spotting game while hunting in Idaho, I guess!!  Below is the best picture I could get of him because of the brush.

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Needless to say, it was pretty exciting.  At this point, we had seen lions, elephants and a black rhino.  Then we found the cape buffalo and had a fleeting glimpse of a white rhino.  That was 4 of the big 5!!  Below are a couple of shots of the buffalo.

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We actually had to wait until we were in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park before we got photos of the white rhinos.  They were quite cooperative!  It is really a thrill to see such a majestic animal and so sad to think that both the black and white rhinos are severely threatened from poaching just to take their horn!!  What is wrong with people?  I felt blessed to get an opportunity to see them in the wild!!

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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is a 96000 hectare (over 237,000 acres) protected preserve in Zululand and is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa.  What a great place to visit!!

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