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Day 1 Cape Town to Tswalu

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DSC_1271Today you get to hear from me (Kay Lester) now that all of the airplane stuff is well taken care of. Yes, we made it successfully to our first destination despite the sometimes unpredictable landings aboard our Beavers. Those wind gusts tend to make us passengers count how many bounces we make before we finally get stopped.

On our first stop we have managed to find one of the most beautiful spots in the world known as Tswalu Private Desert Game Reserve. Oh my,

The Cheetah brothers, they do everything together - hunting, playing, and sleeping

there are not enough words in the English vocabulary to describe the beauty of this camp. (Maybe in Afrikaans but not in English.) Unfortunately, all are complaining politely that we should have stayed here for more than two nights.

The advantage to going on a safari in the winter months in Africa is that you don’t have to get up at some awful hour to see animals. The temperature – a little chilly at the beginning of the 8 a.m. game drive – is a bit shocking, but by noon you’re shedding layers of clothing. In just four hours we were able to see some of the most rare of God’s creation, namely the black rhinoceros, sable, and the red hartebeest, not to forget those beautiful cheetahs we saw last evening as we were coming from the airport.

Mike asked our guide how many black rhinos were on the reserve, but it was clear that they were not sharing that information. As sad as it sounds, poachers are still a problem and one black rhino horn can go for as much $120,000. I would be remiss if I did not mention those meerkats. Just

On Safari - bouncing through the Kalahari Desert

remember the next time you see them on the Discovery Channel they are half their size in real life. I guess the camera lens has a way of making even animals look larger than life. The lodging, food, and animal sightings have more than met our expectations as we look forward to viewing the Aardvark. I’ll let you know in the next blog if we were successful. Mike and I are having a great time.