Arrival at Phinda, KwaZululand
One of the four cubs (two behind Mom, two in the bushes) taken by Barry with his Canon EOS 5D. No reproduction without his permission!!
Only Barry gets the hippos to open their mouth for the photo!
This nyala buck is looking at us through our bedroom window!
Nyala doe - they look nothing like the bucks, except for the stripe between the eyes, and stripes down their sides!
Weaver birds, with their hanging woven nests.
Warthogs get down on their knees to make it easier to eat grass
Phinda, taken from a kopje where we had an outdoor coffee and dissected lion poop, complete with impala teeth and bone!
Another Barry photo!
Bee-eater. A Barry photo!
Fossil shells from two million years ago
Fellow-tourists from Durban - Barry, Michelle, Seth and Nathan, with Ranger 'Mo' and hostess Jaja(?) at outdoor breakfast
Aperitifs in the bush
The herbivores eat happily together - here nyala (center), impala, and warthog
The Blue Train from Johannesburg to Cape Town
A whole lakeful of flamingos
Kimberley - the Big Hole. My grandfather was an 'engineering' (they didn't have that degree then) graduate from Manchester who worked for an explosive co. there from 1902 to 1907, by when the mine was nearly finished (by the standards of those days). In the last 20 yrs modern mining has found many large diamonds in the 'waste' from the mining of 100 yrs ago.
Typical shanty town - home to probably half of black South Africans
The Victoria and Albert Docks, Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town
See the bird - a weaver?. There were dozens of them on these plants.
Lunch at a vineyard in Stellenbosch
Matjiesfontein, in the Little Karoo. My gt. grandfather and grandfather stayed in this same Hotel in 1904-1905. Inside (and the rooms and food!!) hasn't changed!
My gt. grandfather's grave, nr. Matjiesfontein
Pelargoniums - geraniums - are a roadside weed!
This, and preceeding photos, including ostriches, was driving thru the Seweweekspoort Pass on a gravel road.
Bloukrans River Bridge. Melanie did her 620 foot bungee jump from this!
Vervet monkeys near the bridge
Lemur - not native - in a monkey preserve
Gibbon - not native - in preserve
Lemur - see above
Howler Monkey (?) - not native - in preserve. African/European monkeys carry baby under tummy, everywhere else on their back.
Vervet - native - dominant males have bright blue scrotum and red penis! We assume their 'social' dating skills are probably pretty limited?
Seals on the Robberg peninsula
Both the ibis and the gull were previously attacking garbage bags in Plettenburg, but mercifully flew up to the roof for this photo!
Afrikaaner house in Swellendam
Right whale with calf, 100 feet from shore at Hermanus
Dassie - a vegetarian rodent whose nearest living relative is an elephant!
(Swiss-made) Cable car to top of Table Mountain.
Robben Island, from Table Mountain
Melanie overlooking Table Bay
Cormorants on the breakwater at Robben Island
This, and next, Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island
Robben Island now has four antelope species (this one's a Steenbok) and 1,000's of rabbits, introduced as hunting targets 100 years ago!
Penguins at Simonstown, south of Cape Town
Tinga Narina, Kruger Park
Crested guineafowl - good eating!
Taken through our bathroom window - condensation spoiled the focus! These guys pee'd forever.
Wild dogs - becoming rare, only about 500 left in Kruger. We were lucky enough to see a pack of about 30, fresh from a kill as some had muzzles covered with blood.
Dung beetle rolling his ball of elephant dung. If he gets lucky a female will lay her eggs in the ball, and the babies will eat the dung!
Impala - by far the most common antelope species, in part because, unlike most of the other herbivores, they are equally happy eating grass or leaves. Most of the others specialize on one or the other.
This termite mound is well over ten feet high. Some animals specialize in eating termites, but all the carnivores (including lions) will eat them from time to time.
This, and next, are dwarf mongoose - very friendly, inquisitive guys - we have some great mpegs of them playing!
Can you see Mom behind?....see next photo
The ground hornbill is about to have a delicious snake breakfast!
Poisonous centipedes about 3" long
Our Tinga ranger, Margaux
Bushbuck doe and fawn eating below our terrace
Melanie smiling because she has Vegelegen Sauvignon Blanc and Anne and I just have water left!
This beautiful moth was almost 3" long. The white arrow and dot are part of its markings.
Grey Lourie -'go away' bird, based on their call
Bluebuck - they have a target on their butt!
Wire-tailed swallow - they were all around our lodge!