110403 121825  This is typical of the planes that we took.  They were single engine with this one as one of the larger ones. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110403 100246  Our first evening in South Aftrica was at a hotel attached to the airport.  Our luggage consisted of the 4-soft-sided bags shown in the picture.  There are two backpacks (the red one in the foreground, and the black one that I am holding).  The green and the blue bag were "check throughs". : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110403 125801  Pilot and co-pilot. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110403 140246  Ulusaba airport near Sabi Sand. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
110403 165902 : Hammerkop, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110403 171944  Glenda and I are in the back of a Land Rover.  The driver is on the right and the tracker (in the picture) is sitting on a seat that has been welded to the left-front bumper. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110403 172635  I think this is a vulture. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Two Vultures on a Date : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Tiger : Leopard, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 065116  Ranger and Tracker exploring an area for animals.  Note that the ranger is carrying a gun. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Giraffe : Giraffe, South Africa, [Safari110401]  Elephant Skull  Bodies of animals or skeletons are not often seen.  There is always some animal interested in what parts are available. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Impalas : Impala, South Africa, [Safari110401]  Class Picture  Graduating from impala school. : Impala, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 071532  Waterbuck. : South Africa, Waterbuck, [Safari110401]  110405 071613 : Impala, South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Giraffe : Giraffe, South Africa, [Safari110401]  Cape Glossy Starling : Cape Glossy Starling, South Africa, [Safari110401]  Zebra : South Africa, Zebra, [Safari110401]  Elephants : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
110405 074526  When the male children are about 10-years old, they are gently kicked out of the herd. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 074540 : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 074800  This was probably the most frightening time that we had.  Clearly the elephants had no interest in hurting us.  But, as you can see, all eyes were on us, and there might have been as many as 1000 elephants (adult females and children) in the hurd. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 075115  Notice how close they would get to us.  The tracker is sitting on the seat welded to the front bumper. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Mom and Child  Always pay attention to mama. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 075511  Herd of female elephants and kids. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 075537  Mother and daughter (or maybe son). : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 075544  Elephant under 6 years old. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
110405 080210 : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 080334  Herd of female elephants and kids. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Cape Buffalo : Cape Buffalo, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110405 100854  Our cabin at Exiter River Lodge (Sabi Sand).  The elephants will sometimes come up to the pool and drink the water.  Hence, the water is not clorinated. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Interior  Interior of our hunting lodge. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Vultures  The ubiquitous vulture. : South Africa, Vulture, [Safari110401]  Cape Buffalo  I know that mommy said to look both ways.  Was that BEFORE crossing or AFTER. : Cape Buffalo, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110406 062633  Waiting for the arc. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Rhinoceros  We woke these rinos up.  They were sleeping there all night.  Notice their ears.  They can be rotated almost 360 degrees to pick up the slightest sound. : Rhinoceros, South Africa, [Safari110401]  110406 063155  Rhino sleeping (or waking) in a field. : Rhinoceros, South Africa, [Safari110401]  Male Elephant.  He is walking in the herd probably looking for a female in heat.  If he finds one, he will mate.  The interesting thing is that they are not posessive at all.  After he is through, he will give the female up to the next male in line. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Male Elephant  This elephant spent the morning grooming.  You can see the mud all over him.  This is done to keep the flies off. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
110406 071950 : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Female Elephants  Elephants playing (I think).  Or maybe kissing, or cleaning each-others teeth. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Land Rover  The sign on the side says, "and beyond".  that is the company that arranged our tour.  They did a great job! : South Africa, [Safari110401]  Early Morning Snack  We would drive for about 1-1/2 hours in the morning and then stop for coffee or cocoa.  The table and drinks were, of course, carried on the Landrover.  We would also drive for about 3-hours in the evening.  The animals would sleep during the day because of the heat.  Hence, we slept, too. : South Africa, [Safari110401] 
Sailing, Sailing  Crossing The Sand River in a Landrover. : South Africa, [Safari110401]  110407 140803  So, we were at Sabi Sand for 3 nights. Now it is time to move on.  We are now boarding our flight to Sandibe-Okavanga Safari Lodge in Botswana.  The flight was absolutely full.  Not only did it have a pilot - but it had both of us as well!  We were just afraid that they might have overbooked! : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110407 141113  Glenda all strapped in - waiting for lunch and the in-flight movie. : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110407 141704 : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401] 
110407 141648  We had to get to the airport about 20 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land.  Why?  Well, we had to chase the animals off the runway.  We could do that unless it was elephants.  In that case, the flight would be cancelled for the day. : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110407 145125  Crossing a stream in the Landrover.  Note how high the water is.  The water actually did get in the vehicle.  We sat with our legs crossed on the seats. : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110407 154222  Our accommodations at Sandibe.  We really didn't need the netting.  Mosquitos were not a problem. : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Papyrus : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Papyrus, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401] 
Saddle-billed Stork  Saddle-billed Stork : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Cleared for Takeoff! : Botswana, Egyptian Goose, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110408 100050  Airstrip near our lodge. : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Impalas  I think that the middle one is making a pass at me. : Botswana, Impala, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401] 
Male Impala : Botswana, Impala, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110409 074847 : Botswana, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110409 092602  Choir Practice. : Botswana, Hippopotamus, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  110409 092606  Pretty good soprano, isn't it? : Botswana, Hippopotamus, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401] 
Male Lion  The lion sleeps tonight. : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Jackels  The lions have a body that they are eating.  These jackels are off in the distance and will eat whatever the lion leaves behind - even the bones. : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Female Lion  Those kids are growing up to be animals.  Where have I failed? : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Cubs : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401] 
Female and her two cubs  Doesn't dad ever get up? : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Male and two Females  It's good to be king. : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Dad getting up  "Where is my morning paper". : Botswana, Lion, Okavanga Delta, Sandibe Lodge, [Safari110401]  Warthogs mowing the lawn : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Warthog, [Safari110401] 
110410 162254  No matter how close we drove to him, this fellow refused to move.  Finally, we drove around him. : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Monkey, [Safari110401]  Snack Time : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  Eagle : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Eagle, [Safari110401]  Hippo : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Hippopotamus, [Safari110401] 
110411 064041 : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  Cape Buffalo : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Cape Buffalo, [Safari110401]  110411 075017  These guys are practicing to fight for a female.  Sometimes they will get their horns tangled and cannot untangle them.  They will actually starve to death or, if a predator finds them, he will eat them alive. : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Impala, [Safari110401]  Chobe Game Lodge  Our next stop : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401] 
110411 094559  Chobe : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  White Fronted Bee Eaters : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  110411 115159  Elephants drinking : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  110411 123300  Our guide at Chobe. : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401] 
110411 161805  Elephants. : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, [Safari110401]  110412 064709 : Botswana. Chobe National Game Park, Eagle, [Safari110401]  110412 133706  We used the slingshot plus the stones in the two bags to chase away the monkeys. : Matetsi  Water Lodge, Zimbabwe, [Safari110401]  110413 081008  Safari in the bush. : Matetsi  Water Lodge, Zimbabwe, [Safari110401] 
Owl : Matetsi  Water Lodge, Zimbabwe, [Safari110401]  110413 180459-Edit  Sunset over the Zambezi River. : Matetsi  Water Lodge, Zimbabwe, [Safari110401]  110414 125913  Lunch by the Zambezi River. : Matetsi  Water Lodge, Zimbabwe, [Safari110401]