Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Trips, Joe heads to the Cape, and Baby Animals!

Hello, Everyone! 
We hope your new year is off to a great start! We have been really busy this month, trying to fit in as many adventures as we can before Joe headed off to his harvest internship at Alvi's Drift Winery.

We began the month in sunny Saint Lucia, a small beach town on the eastern coast of SA, north of Durban. A lot of our time was spent exploring the beach and trails of iSimangaliso Nature Reserve, which includes much of the lake St Lucia, the estuary, and the scenic coast up to Cape Vidal.

Joe ready to cross over the game fence on one of our hikes. Be careful!

 The king of all dung beetles with his prized dung ball!

 The view of what is left of Lake St Lucia after a multi-year drought, home to many hippos, crocodiles, and bull sharks! We also went kayaking in the estuary with these creatures, thrilling!

A shy porcupine on a night game drive. We had both never seen one of these before!

The boys enjoying a colorful sunset at the estuary boat launch.

We went on a nighttime turtle tour, involving a fun game drive up the coast, but we didn't see any turtles:/. Somehow the rain held off until we were nearly back.

In the middle of the month, we set off on a Kruger-wide camping trip to see parts of the park we had both never visited. We traveled almost the entire length of the park in three days!

Our trip took us across the Tropic of Capricorn!  

 A vibrant king fisher checks us out at Lataba Rest Camp. This camp was a beautiful little oasis.

A skeptical bush buck female watches from up the path along the river. These bush bucks were so tame that we actually touched them! This would've been the best moment of my life when I was ten, but it was still pretty cool now too!

I took this picture right before this feisty boy charged our car... it seems the animals in the north of the park are less used to cars in their way...

New animal for Joe: the black backed jackal. Snacking on the roadside...

A beautiful sunrise over the Olifants River the last day of our adventure:). 

Joe's last full day in the park we got up early and went for a five hour game drive in search of the elusive cheetah.  Sadly, we didn't see any cheetahs but we did run into some other cats.

And a big friendly rhino!

We ended the day at our favorite place to watch the sunset, the Lake Panic bird hide near Skukuza. 

Now Joe is off to the Cape! Check out his Facebook for updates. I will be joining him in March, so stay tuned for more adventures!
Now a bunch of baby animals to cheer us up;).