When we went on our first game drive, we got lucky and saw a leopard. I was so excited that I thought I was in a dream. Afterward, we saw a giraffe, some water buffalo, and zebra. Very cool! We saw three of the "Big 5" that day and we also spotted a honey badger, which is really rare. Our guide hadn't seen one in two years and I got to see one my first day.
The second day we saw a lion, but not just one lion, a whole pride! There were five females and a whole bunch of cubs with them. They were really cute when they wrestled. After that, we had seen four of the "Big 5" African animals. We just needed to see a rhino to finish it off.
After that we saw two white rhinos. There are two species of rhino in Africa, a black rhino, which is more aggressive and smaller than the white rhino, and also has a hooked upper lip. The white rhino we saw had a larger mouth and was huge ... they can weigh up to 5,000 pounds! What's funny about their names is that black rhinos and white rhino are actually the same color.
We were fortunate to go to a watering hole with herds of impala, zebra and wildebeest. We were looking at them for a while and when we were about to leave, our tracker Richard spotted a leopard, which was amazing because it was in long grass and the only thing you could see were it's ears. At one point the leopard was stalking a baby zebra in a herd, but after a few minutes another herd of zebra came and one of them almost stepped on it! The leopard was so scared that it ran fast as lightning to the nearest tree and jumped in it. It was so cool seeing it hunt but we were glad it didn't catch the baby zebra because it was so cute. We named it Brownie, because the Burchell's Zebras here have a brownish colored stripe between their black and white stripes.
We also saw a leopard the next day, which was our last night on safari. It was the biggest one we saw. The last morning we saw a pack of wild dog, the animal I wanted to see the most. I was so excited when we found the dog and it was so cool because all the kids were in the jeep together and it was the "kids jeep" that found them. We saw the dogs hunt, but they didn't catch any of the impala they were chasing. There were six of them and I thought it was the best thing we saw on the trip. Seeing wild dog is really special, so now not only did we see the "Big 5," my Dad was saying we saw the "Super 6!"
I loved safari sooooooo much! Here's a picture of us in our vehicle:
See you next time!