Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Cutest Baby Rhino in all of South Africa!

One of our very best sightings over the entire seven days on safari took place the second morning at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. We were plodding along with our two guides in search of our next “wow” moment when we came across a mother white rhino and her young baby. The guides estimated the little fella at four to five weeks old. What a feisty little one this baby rhino turned out to be. Zooming around. Jumping and playing. It was the cutest thing. Totally putting on a show for all of us to see.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The South African Hyena in all it's rude glory

One of my favorite African safari animals has to be the hyena. So interesting and unique. Some things in life can almost be so ugly that they are beautiful. That’s the hyena for me. Every time I see one I am mesmerized. They are almost ugly beyond redemption. Even a little bit mangy. Certainly not the most majestic animal to behold, but they have a powerful beauty about them that will almost hypnotize you into watching their every movement.

On my first safari in 2014 at Thornybush we only encountered two solitary hyenas the entire time. Our guides even searched for them one day. It was frustrating because I really wanted to have a hyena experience. These were the only two we saw and both were quick sightings.

South African hyena

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Can you find the Hyena in the creek?

So we were driving on safari at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa.  Just cruising along looking for our next leopard or cheetah, elephant or giraffe.  We cruised right through a creek bed.  A very innocent looking creek bed to be exact.  Nothing really of interest at all I thought after peering down the wash as we passed.  In fact here is a screenshot from the video I will present later. Can you find the sleeping hyena?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hiking on Table Mountain above Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa. One of my favorite cities I have been blessed to visit. I’ve made three trips to South Africa and I have made a point to go for a hike on Table Mountain every time. Two years ago the mountain top was completely clouded in. I was only able to see about twenty feet. This time the weather was absolutely perfect and to top it off I had my beautiful fiancĂ© Taylor with me for the adventure.

To set the stage a bit I will just tell you that Taylor and I had arrived in Cape Town the prior evening. Let me say again....we arrived. Our two big bags did not. We each had a backpack which we carried on the flights from DFW to Qatar and then South Africa, but we each also checked a bag which meant Taylor was a little short on clothing options!

Anyway, after some “work” with the British Airways lost luggage department it was determined our luggage would be waiting for us the next day. The plan was to drive to the Cape Town airport, grab our found bags and head to the Waterfront area of Cape Town where we would catch one of the double-decker tourist buses. These ran every fifteen minutes and made a stop at the Table Mountain tramway before continuing the sightseeing tour.

My wonderful cousin Kathleen, who owns Noble Hill Wine Estates (make sure to go for a wine tasting!), was nice enough to lend Taylor and I a car for the day. Operation Luggage Rescue & Table Mountain Adventure was in action.

Now keep in mind this was my first time to drive on the wrong side of the road. It was a bit challenging. For some reason Taylor kept saying “watch your line “ a lot. I don't know couldn’t have been me drifting her passenger side towards oncoming traffic. Who knows?