Game on…

19 Dec

When in the land of the big five, one has to go see what all the fuss is about. So last Thursday saw us here…

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Where we saw these…

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And lots of these…

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The most photogenic animal on the planet.

We’d heard tales that the buffalo…

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Could be a little grumpy, so I didn’t linger. The rules say that you shouldn’t park next to the animals, but the car in front had and was blocking my escape route, so I prepared to do some high speed reversing if I had to.

I’m driving us round in Terry’s little car, so apologies if the photography is a bit iffy. Nothing at all whatsoever anything to do with being scared witless by the close proximity of Big Scary Wild Animals.

Entering the cheetah enclosure, with proper game fencing and double gates that you enter like an airlock, is somewhat fear-provoking but, naturally, they saw us coming and hid. We speculated that they were all safely tucked away behind the greenery having a laugh at our expense. Bit like the Kit-Kat advert with the pandas.

But that’s not to say we didn’t see cheetahs…

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We did.

They call these ones tame – though I have my doubts about any wild animals ever being properly tame – and this is feeding time. Conveniently below the café area, where it was our feeding time too.

First class coffee and souvenirs on sale…

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BB can never resist a fridge magnet, and this one is so South African. Except there’s too few passengers – there would normally be at least another couple of dozen crammed in.

I have, on a previous visit to SA, stroked so-called tame cheetahs. They were behind a wire fence and we were instructed to present a fist, rather than an open hand, through this in order to pet them. They didn’t seem too bothered and apparently used to human contact as they were used in the film industry. Anyway, I still have both hands, thumbs and all my fingers.

We saw a Mongoose, Cape Hare, Warthog, Springbok, Bontebok, Impala, Water Buck and a Bushpig with babies. No Rhino, Porcupine or Ostrich though. They’ve recently introduced Lions, which we didn’t see either.

But it’s your luck on the day and we had a lovely time there.

There were other diversions, like this walkway through the treetops…

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But my companion wimped out. Being 92 years young is no excuse Terry.

The drive there and back wasn’t a long one, but interesting. We passed through some very affluent areas. Such disparity here – huge wealth and abject poverty existing side by side. I suppose that isn’t peculiar to Africa though, but rife the world over.

On a recent shopping trip, I am once again transported back to the 60’s…

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Popular brands I remember my mum using.

And if you didn’t fancy these…

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Then I guess these are OK…

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It says so on the tin so it must be true.

But the prize for best product names this week goes to…

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No mistaking what these are for!

But the clear winner (see what I did there?) in the ingenuity stakes, without a doubt, goes to…

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Glad wrap – aka cling film.

Not only does it have a roll almost empty marker, it is perforated. How useful is that? Never seen this in the UK – or anywhere else for that matter. I need this in my life.

Meanwhile, in the garden…

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Frangipani putting on a lovely show.

And…

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A Sunflower – many more in bud – seed scattered by the John.

You’ve heard of Dances with Wolves…

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Well this is Swims with Dogs.

The dog lady at the dam up behind John’s place.

Could have done with some of this myself today: 30c in the shade, little or no wind.

Scorchio.

Not gloating…

 

5 Responses to “Game on…”

  1. sharonelaine1 December 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    You are one lucky girl! Good pics again, very interesting.

  2. Lorna December 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    What a wonderful time you’re having! Merry Christmas Annie and hope 2019 will be kind and generous to you. Must get together- no excuses – we need a fun weekend together when you get back. Let me know and we’ll get something arranged. Lxxx

    • Boatbird December 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      Yes I am, yes we must and yes I will. We are way overdue a get-together and a giggle.
      All the best to you and Alex this festive season and may 2019 hold joy and wonder for you both. No doubt there will be travels…
      Much love, Annie xx

  3. José December 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    What can I say but …. FANTASTIC …

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