Saturday, February 25, 2012

South Africa 2012 - Day Twelve

Day 12 - Safari Time

Our day began early today as we had to be ready to leave for the morning safari at 6 a.m. It definitely was interesting (and cold) to have a shower outside. We were behind an enclosed wall but it was strange to think that about 20 feet away from where I was

showering there could have been a water buffalo or other animal. Every body turned up ready to go, that was except for Savannah and Hannah whose alarm malfunctioned. I was pretty impressed that it only took them about 10 minutes from wake up to be out at the truck.

The morning run was a little less impressive. We didn’t see the elephants and the hippos stayed submerged. Even a few of the lions had gone for a walkabout. However our driver did take us over to a different section where they are trying to introduce giraffes. We really couldn’t get too close but it was good to see. There were also enclosures for two cheetahs, which to me are beautiful animals, 3 crocodiles and 3 more lions. These lions could not be released into the park because they had just been

saved from a park where they had been bred purely for the purpose of being hunted. I am not a PETA freak nor am I anti-hunting but I really do have a hard time when it is purely for fun and there is no material use for
the meat.

At the end of the morning safari we packed up and drove about 5 minutes down the road to an ostrich farm. This was actually pretty interesting and much more fun than I thought. We got to see ostriches all the way from being in an egg to a few days old up to 15 years old. Some got to sit on an ostrich but for some reason I wasn’t allowed, something about the hippo size again. We also did get to eat ostrich which doesn’t taste like chicken but has much more of a beef taste and consistency. It is extremely lean meat as well.

On the way back home we decided to go back through Franceshoek which is nestled in a valley and has multiple wineries. It is a beautiful part of the world and being able to sit at the Rickety Bridge winery tasting the wine was a great setting to relax for a while. Prior to our return to Cape Town we stopped for a little shopping which was frankly disappointing. Barbara did

manage to find a diamond store and of course picked out a beautiful ring that was only $11,000 (yes dollars not rand). Barbara and I both managed to control our expressions when we found out the price. Hunter on the other hand just let out a “wow” and that was the end of shopping/looking in that store.

That night was a time to relax and eat in before heading to bed fairly early.

Genesis 1:24-25 - Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind"; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

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