i went on a trip to the continent of AFRICA recently!
more specifically, i went to the countries of
my husband was actually born and raised in zimbabwe,
and this was the first time i got to see his hometown...
the whole experience was amazing,
and i thought you kids might appreciate
seeing all the animals i met!
that's a picture of me in the safari vehicle
that we drove in when we went to
i was afraid to get out of the vehicle
because it was rumored that a lion might be near!
before going to hwange,
we stayed at victoria falls, zimbabwe...
these are warthogs that we saw from our hotel balcony!
some people we saw
that actually paid to get in a pool with a crocodile!
these are the baboons that i encountered
when i was out for my morning jog!!
this rhino is not real...
this is victoria falls national park!
(not really an animal)
these are impala (they were a little camera shy)
we went for a sunset cruise on the zambezi river
and saw these elephants from our boat!
and these hungry hippos!
then we went to hwange national park for the safari...
this is where we drove around in that cute little jeep
with nothing but a few bars between us and the animals!
right off the bat we saw these beautiful giraffes!
and more impala
lots of zebras!
so many exotic birds including this lilac breasted roller!
this chart shows what you can expect
animals to be doing at different times of the day...
look at all the elephants...
i was surprised that they are so quiet!
we saw these ostriches racing...
darn, i can't remember what this guy was called,
but isn't he cute!?
elephant pool party!
our driver stays clear of the elephant on the road!
these signs are posted to remind you to watch out!
baboons climbing on the electricity lines
to hide from the leopards below...
this guy was nicknamed the flying banana
but he's really called a yellow-billed hornbill...
this kudu looked surprised to see us!
this is a dwarf mongoose... he was so tiny!
i spotted this water buck from my tent!
upon leaving hwange,
this is the gate that let's cars in and out of the park.
by the way, there are no fences at the park.
the animals are free to come and go as they please!
this adorable and not so scary pup greeted us
when we arrived to the mountain village
of juliasdale, zimbabwe!
and then we flew to capetown, south africa
where they have a HUGE penguin population!
we went to a beach where there were penguins
every where you looked!
and a super cute turtle? tortoise? terrapin?
penguin with eggs!
i have to admit i was a little surprised by the penguins...
i always think of penguins in cold and snow,
but here they were living super comfortably
at a sunny beach in south africa.
i hope you enjoyed seeing all the animals
i encountered in africa!