Monday, October 6, 2008

Madikwe Game Reserve

O.K. to read this blog and get the feeling of being in Africa, you have to scroll down to my music list and play the Lion Sleeps Tonight, by The Lion King soundtrack. I think It's the first song!!

Last Wed. was a public Holiday in Botswana, so the Mahars, fellow AoG missionaries, and our family went over the border to Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Madikwe is the 3rd largest game park in South Africa. It has over 30 lodges on it and some of them are exclusive 5 star accommodations! We are privileged to live close enough to drive there and enjoy a morning or night safari drive without needing to spend the night and pay the very expensive prices!

Madikwe has the Big 5 which is the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard. We were really excited to be there because we had only been to one other park that has the Big 5 and only saw Elephants. Not that that's a bad thing!! Matt has always wanted to see a wild male lion close up and he got his wish!! We ended up seeing 4 males and 1 female. It is an awesome experience to be that close to a ferocious, man eating, animal, and a bit scary! Our guide had been warned over the radio about one of the lions we were close to. He had been growling and showing his teeth as game vehicles went by!

During the morning we saw 9 Rhinos, a herd of around 40 Elephant, 12 Giraffe, Wild Dog, A spotted Hyena, and lots of Kudu, Wildebeest, Impala, Springbok, and Zebra. It was a lot of fun!!

Since our time here in Africa we have seen 4 of the big five all we have left is the Leopard!!

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