Saturday, October 10, 2009

First Batch of South Africa Photos
















Here's the first batch of photos I've selected from our South Africa trip, from the first week we spent at the game lodge in Kwa Zulu Natal. The first one shows my husband Neil and me with our ranger, Philemon. The second and third are of the resident elephants and show how close we could get to the wildlife in the jeeps. The fourth is of a lovely warthog and the fifth is of the almost- tame ostrich. The sixth photo is of a white rhino and the seventh shows zebra.

The eighth photo is a cheetah, and the ninth, a sleepy lion. The metal bar in the photo is on our safari jeep, so yes, we were darn close! The tenth photo is of a giraffe and the eleventh is of a vervet monkey. The twelfth shows a couple of baby hippos and the thirteenth shows a crocodile. The fourteenth photo is of a herd of cape buffalo at a waterhole. The fifteenth is a male kudu and the sixteenth is a herd of impala.

Then come shots from the baboon incident. The first is right before the baboon opened the car door and chaos ensued. The next one shows the purse thief with his prize, a chocolate Hershey bar, and the last one shows smaller baboons who moved in after he was done. The one in the middle looking at the camera is holding a tube of mystery author Hank Phillip Ryan's lip balm!


13 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Look at all the wildlife! I'd love to see a cheetah in the wild.

What an adventure you are having!

Jan Buck said...

Great pictures! It must have been a wonderful experience. Is there now a safari mystery lurking somewhere inside your head?

Other Lisa said...

Wow, this looks like an amazing trip! Thanks for letting your BBQ cohorts know about it!

Lisa Bork said...

Great pictures, Beth. What a wonderful experience! Lucky you!

Book Bird Dog said...

Beth: those are lovely photos. I like the round hippos!

Charlotte Phillips said...

Beth,
An African camera safari has been on my list of dream vacations for as long as I can remember. Thanks a bunch for sharing your photos and memories. I think you bumped the trip higher on the list.

Was Hank able to acquire new lib balm in S. Africa?

Char

Mario said...

Awesome pictures. What memories.

Beth Groundwater said...

An African photo safari was on my husband's and my "bucket list" for quite awhile, too, so when the opportunity to go for less $ than usual came up, we jumped on it. To clear up Char's misconception, mystery author Hank was not with us, just a tube of lip balm that had an advertisement for her book on it, which I had picked up at a mystery convention somewhere.

Sorry to say that a safari mystery is not in the works. Both my protagonists, Claire Hanover and Mandy Tanner, are situated squarely in Colorado locales. That way, if I have location questions that I need to scout out the answers for, I can drive to them easily.

Karin Huxman - Romance Author said...

Awesome pics from a trip of a lifetime!

antgirl said...

Those are really fabulous pictures!

lol Love the fact that they prized the lip balm. Mystery writer Hank must be amused. :)I would be.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Fabulous photos. It's been years since we took a Kenyan safari but we still call it as our best vacation ever.

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

I guess now you have to burn that purse. Too bad.

Love that picture of the boar/wild pig.

Beth Groundwater said...

Oh no, I'm not burning that purse! It's a special travel purse with a stainless steel cable in the strap to deter thieves with knives. The material is very sturdy & washable. I just took it back to the hotel and scrubbed it inside & out with soapy warm water, rinsed it & dried it and used it for the rest of the trip.