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Garden Route Day 2

Today was our second day on safari at Garden Route Game Lodge. We had 2 safari game drives, one in the morning, and one in the evening. In between, we walked around the fenced-off part of the lodge looking for birds, and we also went over to the reptile center to learn about the reptiles in South Africa.

Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning

Photo Notes:

Before our first safari, we looked on our balcony of the preserve. There was some thick fog, but it cleared up as soon as the sun got just a little higher.

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Clear Skies

Clear Skies

Photo Notes:

The weather was really nice. It was a little cold, but that's because it was spring time.

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Zebra for Breakfast

Zebra for Breakfast

Photo Notes:

We got to see something really cool. Our safari driver said he has only seen this one other time in his 15 years of working at Garden Route. The cheetahs took down a baby zebra while we were sleeping and they were just finishing up their meal.

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Tasty Snack

Tasty Snack

Photo Notes:

The cheetahs eating every last piece of the baby zebra they took down.

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Fat Cheetahs

Fat Cheetahs

Photo Notes:

All the cheetahs had very full bellies.

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Food Coma

Food Coma

Photo Notes:

This is exactly what I look like after a big meal.

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Morning Sun

Morning Sun

Photo Notes:

We caught the lions just before they took a nap. Lions sleep for 20 hours a day, so we were lucky to see them awake!

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Awake

Awake

Photo Notes:

Garden Route has four lions, but there were only 3 on this side of the vehicle. Our safari guide told us that it's not the ones you can see that you should be worried about, it's the one you can't. The forth one was on the other side of the vehicle.

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Fuzzy Ears

Fuzzy Ears

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Dazzle of Zebra

Dazzle of Zebra

Photo Notes:

This is a dazzle of zebra, which is the definition of a herd of zebra. There are a few other animals mixed in with this panorama.

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Snack Above the Trees

Snack Above the Trees

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Hump

Hump

Photo Notes:

The giraffes had humps in their necks.

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Stressed

Stressed

Photo Notes:

Elephants have a temporal gland that secretes when the elephants are stressed out. You can see this on the elephant between the eye and the ear on both sides. I'm not sure what this elephant was stressed about, but you could definitely tell.

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Taking a Walk

Taking a Walk

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Pair

Pair

Photo Notes:

These two elephants never wandered too far away from each other. They are both males, one younger than the other.

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Small Chalets

Small Chalets

Photo Notes:

These were the other chalets that you could stay in at Garden Route.

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Wild

Wild

Photo Notes:

There were a lot of flowers at Garden Route. I'm not sure what any of them are called.

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Coming Alive

Coming Alive

Photo Notes:

Since it was spring time, there were a lot of plants that were starting to bloom from the dead plants of winter.

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Leucospermum

Leucospermum

Photo Notes:

These are Leucospermum flowers. They remind me of fireworks. They were really pretty flowers.

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Little Buds

Little Buds

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Striped

Striped

Photo Notes:

The reptile center was really cool, but the lighting was so terrible. It was so bad I couldn't fix the colors in Photoshop so I gave up and just made the photo black and white instead.

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Climbing

Climbing

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Out of the Water

Out of the Water

Photo Notes:

The small water they had was covered in the green little plants that when the crocodile came out of the water, it was covered. Sort of a good camouflage.

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Cape Weaver

Cape Weaver

Photo Notes:

This is a cape weaver bird.

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Acacia

Acacia

Photo Notes:

This is the acacia tree. The giraffes would eat the greens off the branches of this tree, and the elephants would eat the entire branch, thorns and all. Ouch!

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Giant Turtle

Giant Turtle

Photo Notes:

They had a pretty large turtle that you could get up to.

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Plotting our Deaths

Plotting our Deaths

Photo Notes:

These crocodiles are up to no good. Probably plotting our deaths...

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Orange Cape Weaver

Orange Cape Weaver

Photo Notes:

This is a cape weaver bird. There were tons of them all around South Africa.

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Kudu Lager

Kudu Lager

Photo Notes:

The Kudu lager was OK, but not great. It's a pretty standard beer that tastes like many of the mass produced beers in the States.

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Lunch Room

Lunch Room

Photo Notes:

This was where we ate all of our meals while on safari at Garden Route.

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Purple and Yellow

Purple and Yellow

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The Gate

The Gate

Photo Notes:

This was the gate that protected us from the animals. The fence doesn't look all that sturdy, but it was an electric fence, so that made me feel a little safer.

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Skull Garden

Skull Garden

Photo Notes:

Garden Route had a skull garden of animals they found that were hunted (by other animals) on their property.

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Baboon

Baboon

Photo Notes:

This is the skull of a baboon.

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Great Horns

Great Horns

Photo Notes:

These are the horns of a water buffalo, the most deadly of the big 5 animals. It doesn't look so tough now that it's dead.

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Tall Grass

Tall Grass

Photo Notes:

This was the lodge main entrance.

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Safari Vehicles

Safari Vehicles

Photo Notes:

These were the vehicles we got to take out on safari. Katherine and I sat in the back for all 4 game drives at Garden Route.

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Chalets

Chalets

Photo Notes:

Our Chalet was the one right in the middle.

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Roof Thatching

Roof Thatching

Photo Notes:

The plants on the right are what many of the roofs at Garden Route were made out of.

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Blue Crane

Blue Crane

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Up High

Up High

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Gemsbok

Gemsbok

Photo Notes:

This is a gemsbok, also known as an oryx. The animal is most commonly known hy oryx because it's easier to pronounce than gemsbok.

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Big Eared Kudu

Big Eared Kudu

Photo Notes:

This is a female Kudu. They have massive ears...

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Male Kudu

Male Kudu

Photo Notes:

This is the male kudu. The males has really curly horns.

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Eating the Grass

Eating the Grass

Photo Notes:

The rhinos would just walk around eating the grass all day long. They didn't seem to do anything else. Except when they charged our vehicle. That was something different I guess.

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Short Grass

Short Grass

Photo Notes:

The grass is so short because the rhinos eat it all day long. I think I need a rhino for my back yard...

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Cape Weavers

Cape Weavers

Photo Notes:

The cape weavers were really cool birds. They made awesome nests like these just about everywhere, and they were such colorful birds.

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Elephant Feeding

Elephant Feeding

Photo Notes:

Katherine and I got to feed the elephants, which was really cool! We fed them some pellets by hand directly into their trunks.

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Dinned By Candle Light

Dinned By Candle Light

Photo Notes:

After the safari, Katherine and I enjoyed dinner by candlelight.

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Foggy Morning
Clear Skies
Zebra for Breakfast
Tasty Snack
Fat Cheetahs
Food Coma
Morning Sun
Awake
Fuzzy Ears
Dazzle of Zebra
Snack Above the Trees
Hump
Stressed
Taking a Walk
Pair
Small Chalets
Wild
Coming Alive
Leucospermum
Little Buds
Striped
Climbing
Out of the Water
Cape Weaver
Acacia
Giant Turtle
Plotting our Deaths
Orange Cape Weaver
Kudu Lager
Lunch Room
Purple and Yellow
The Gate
Skull Garden
Baboon
Great Horns
Tall Grass
Safari Vehicles
Chalets
Roof Thatching
Blue Crane
Up High
Gemsbok
Big Eared Kudu
Male Kudu
Eating the Grass
Short Grass
Cape Weavers
Elephant Feeding
Dinned By Candle Light
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