Tuesday, 29 December 2015

November & December Update- Summer is in full swing in Kruger!

Sorry it has been TWO MONTHS since our last post!  We have been super busy! First off, in November, Joe's sister, Maria, came to visit us in the park and then she and Joe explored Cape Town and Victoria Falls! Check out her Facebook for more pics of that!

We spent Christmas week in a "deluxe tent" at Mangwa Valley Game Lodge north of Pretoria. It was amazing! It was so relaxing (pools, massage, etc) and the food was so good! They have a small game reserve there with a HUGE diversity of antelope. It was really fun to see so many different kinds of animals we don't get in our neighborhood. And they were all so healthy and happy! Plus our accommodations were top of the line, as you can see by Joe's approval above;). 

And OF COURSE, Joe is keeping up on his fermentation activities... this was an interesting venture. I am looking forward to the real beer he will be brewing this month!

And now for the usual slew of really amazing animal pictures!


Two wild dogs taking a break from the heat.

 Mama hyena on the move.

 A male klipspringer enjoying the morning sun.

 A well-adorned male nyala eyes us suspiciously. We refer to these as "wizards of the bush."

The baby impala explosion started in mid-December. These little guys are all over!

 A weaver working diligently on his nest. These are so fun to watch, they actually weave with their beaks!

A sable antelope at Mangwa Valley with a slight horn issue... usually they both point backwards.

 Wildebeest hanging out in the shade. If you look closely, you can see the little babies!

 A juvenile giraffe looking awkward.

 "So many cool bugs!" -Joe

 An elephant family drinking. 

 A gigantic crocodile waiting for a snack.

 Buffalo in the shade:).

 A very itchy giraffe.

 A lion seeking a break from the heat. Can you tell it's hot here!?

 A mama fruit bat with her baby roosting in the eves of the tourist camp store.

A lilac breasted roller scores a cicada snack!

Tune in for more in the next couple weeks! We promise not to take so long to post again this time!
Also, for a more real-time experience, check out Hannah's Instagram @surf_mermaid.

Take Care and Happy New Year!

-Joe & Hannah

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