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Garden Route Game Lodge Day 1

Today was the first day of our safari. We had 4 days of safaris between 2 different private game reserves. Garden Route is a pretty small reserve, but it was really cool to be able to drive pretty short distances to get to the animals.

Butting Heads

Butting Heads

Photo Notes:

Right off the bat, we saw some animals in action from our chalet. From our deck, we could see quite a bit, including these Elands

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Running Buffalo

Running Buffalo

Photo Notes:

Before we went on a game drive, we spotted one of the big five; the water buffalo.

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Eland

Eland

Photo Notes:

The Eland were the first animals we saw when we were on Safari.

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Bull Eland

Bull Eland

Photo Notes:

There was one very large male Eland that was obviously the bull of the herd.

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Stare Down

Stare Down

Photo Notes:

We found the female cheetah and her three cubs. It was really cool for these to be the first animals we really got to see. All the other animals were just animals we passed along the way.

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Beautiful Eyes

Beautiful Eyes

Photo Notes:

I love the black running down the eyes of the cheetah.

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About to Nap

About to Nap

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Hidden in the Grass

Hidden in the Grass

Photo Notes:

There are 2 lions in this photo. You can barely see the other lion in the grass on the right-hand side laying down.

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Snack Time

Snack Time

Photo Notes:

I don't know what the lions were eating, but while we were sitting in the car, one of the females got up and grabbed a piece of something.

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Fast Gazelle

Fast Gazelle

Photo Notes:

The gazelles are the only animals in with the lions at Garden Route Game Lodge. That's because the lions are opportunistic hunters, meaning they hunt and kill whenever they have the opportunity, not necessarily only when they are hungry (like cheetahs). Since the gazelles are fast, it keeps the lions wild by letting them hunt.

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Chapman's Zebra

Chapman's Zebra

Photo Notes:

I think this is a Chapman's zebra, which are only known in the part of the world. It's cool to think that this zebra is different from all the zebras I see at the zoo back home.

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Dazzle of Zebra

Dazzle of Zebra

Photo Notes:

A group of zebra is know as a dazzle of zebras.

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White Rhino

White Rhino

Photo Notes:

This is one of a few white rhinos that we saw at Garden Route Game Lodge.

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Mother and Son

Mother and Son

Photo Notes:

These are 2 white rhinos.

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On the Hunt

On the Hunt

Photo Notes:

We almost go to see the cheetahs take down an eland. Unfortunately some of the eland spotted the cheetahs before they could get a chance to grab one of the young elands from the group. There are 4 cheetahs in this photo.

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Hippo Chomp

Hippo Chomp

Photo Notes:

The two hippos were playing with each other.

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Butting Heads
Running Buffalo
Eland
Bull Eland
Stare Down
Beautiful Eyes
About to Nap
Hidden in the Grass
Snack Time
Fast Gazelle
Chapman's Zebra
Dazzle of Zebra
White Rhino
Mother and Son
On the Hunt
Hippo Chomp
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