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Garden Route Day 3 and Sanbona Day 1

Today was our last day at Garden Route Game Lodge. We were okay with that because we went right from Garden Route to Sanbona. Sanbona is one of the largest private game reserves in all of South Africa. It was a bit pricier, which is why we didn't go there all 4 days, but the 2 days at Garden Route and 2 days at Sanbona seemed to be perfect.

Playful Elephants

Playful Elephants

Photo Notes:

The younger elephant (left) was trying to play with the bigger elephant and he just wasn't having it.

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Morning Walk

Morning Walk

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In the Wild

In the Wild

Photo Notes:

The animals got much closer than this elephant is to us.

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In the Grass

In the Grass

Photo Notes:

The lion was pretty well hidden in the tall grass.

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Small Fox

Small Fox

Photo Notes:

We spotted a small fox while on safari. Apparently these are hard to spot because they hide most of the day and they're so small.

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Long Neck

Long Neck

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Red Eyes

Red Eyes

Photo Notes:

This water buffalo looks pretty intense with the blood-shot eyes.

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Head On

Head On

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Flappy Neck Eland

Flappy Neck Eland

Photo Notes:

The Eland are easy to identify because of their flabby necks.

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Zebra

Zebra

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Kudu in the Bushes

Kudu in the Bushes

Photo Notes:

This is a male kudu.

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Big and Little Bird

Big and Little Bird

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Red Aloe Vera

Red Aloe Vera

Photo Notes:

This bird is sitting on a Red Aloe Vera plant. I didn't even know that Aloe Vera plants came in any color other than green.

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Sanbona Vehicle

Sanbona Vehicle

Photo Notes:

This is the vehicle that we got to go on safari on at Sanbona. It was a little nicer than what we got at Garden Route, but still a very similar vehicle.

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Oryx in the Wild

Oryx in the Wild

Photo Notes:

The Oryx, or Gemsbok have a really pretty, and easily identified face.

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The Kudu and the Oryx

The Kudu and the Oryx

Photo Notes:

The animal to the right is a kudu, the one in the far-left is an oryx.

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Eating Break

Eating Break

Photo Notes:

This giraffe paused from eating this acacia tree to take a look at us.

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Missing a Chunk

Missing a Chunk

Photo Notes:

This giraffe was missing a chunk from it's mane. I asked the guide and he told me that a lot of times giraffes will itch their necks on things so hard that they can kill the hair follicles. Especially when they have ticks that stay in one specific spot.

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Kudu Remains

Kudu Remains

Photo Notes:

We drove up next to some kudu remains that the lions took down a few days earlier.

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Watching

Watching

Photo Notes:

Our guide parked the car and told us we were going on a hike. We walked about a quarter mile up a hill until we came around a bush and we all noticed the cheetah about 10 feet in front of us! I was definentely not expecting that! OUr guide told us that the cheetahs were really comfortable around humans because the owner of the reserve did their master study on this cheetah. Over time, the cheetah got comfortable enough for the guides to take their passengers on a hike to the cheetah. That a little too close for comfort!

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Just Eaten

Just Eaten

Photo Notes:

Even more sketchy than being on foot and finding a cheetah, was that the cheetah had just eaten. How does the cheetah know we weren't going to steal its food?

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Relaxed

Relaxed

Photo Notes:

The cheetah was totally relaxed despite about 10 humans 10-20 feet from it.

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With the Cheetah

With the Cheetah

Photo Notes:

Notice how I get Katherine in front of me and I have her face away from the thing that could kill her. Survival of the smartest!

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Our Abandoned Vehicle

Our Abandoned Vehicle

Photo Notes:

I would have never thought that we would get outside of our safari vehicle in the middle of an area with cheetahs, lions, and more terrifying animals. But we did.

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Sunset

Sunset

Photo Notes:

The sun went down behind some dark clouds. Luckily those clouds didn't pass over us. Unluckily for the locals the clouds didn't pass over the drought-stricken land.

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Outside the Vehicle Again

Outside the Vehicle Again

Photo Notes:

At Sanbona, you got to enjoy an alcoholic beverage of your choice and have some snacks half-way through. It was a little too fancy for us.

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Together in Africa

Together in Africa

Photo Notes:

One of the people we were with offered to take our photo. I handed her my camera and she took a bunch of great shots. This one was my favorite.

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Orange Sun

Orange Sun

Photo Notes:

Right before the sun went completely below the mountain we started heading back to the camp.

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Playful Elephants
Morning Walk
In the Wild
In the Grass
Small Fox
Long Neck
Red Eyes
Head On
Flappy Neck Eland
Zebra
Kudu in the Bushes
Big and Little Bird
Red Aloe Vera
Sanbona Vehicle
Oryx in the Wild
The Kudu and the Oryx
Eating Break
Missing a Chunk
Kudu Remains
Watching
Just Eaten
Relaxed
With the Cheetah
Our Abandoned Vehicle
Sunset
Outside the Vehicle Again
Together in Africa
Orange Sun
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