A warthog family. We saw so many and the are not the cuties animal I have every seen.
It was time for lunch and since we couldn't get out of our car we had to find the picnic area. So down this curved road to the entrance to the "COMPOUND". We were the ones in the cage. We even had to go through gates to be safe, and even then the signs all said, "animals can get inside please be aware of your surroundings".
|Lunch at the very nice picnic area. Sweet Chili Sauce with cream cheese, yum!|
|Leaving the compound|
After lunch we were determined to find some more animals. We had seen dropping, large, massive droppings all morning, now was the time to see the animals that left those droppings.
Our FIRST ELEPHANT SIGHTING!
He was a long way away, but after our morning I wasn't going to hope that we would see more. So I enjoyed taking as many pictures as I could. He was in the clearing for about 10 minutes then he just walked to the left and was gone into the brush. This brush camouflages them so easily.
Things started to pick up though we went another hour before seeing anything. We saw several cars off to the side of the road. So we stopped to see what they were looking at. Two lions in the meadow, of course they were so far away I couldn't get a picture but with Elder Speed's binoculars we could see them just lounging in the sun. They did pick up their heads so we could see they mains.
Kudu, with and without the antlers. I love the big guy staring at me as I took this picture. He was very close.
|Look at those ears and eyes and it even looks like he has a smile on his face.|
|The two Kudu together|
Things are picking up it is about 4 pm and the sun will be setting about 5:30. We see up ahead the other car of elders and they have "an" elephant close by so we hurry along the road to hopefully get to see this guy up close. As we come around the bend we see more than one. I tried to be selective with my pictures. It was so amazing to see so many. I think we counted about 15 or 20 in the hour we spend here.
|This guy was sooooo close. You can see the hairs on him.|
|Notice the eye lashes|
|The baby, he even looks like he has a smile on his face.|
|Elephants on the right side of the road|
|Elephants on the left side of the road|
As we were getting ready to leave the park, it closed at 5:30. We wound our way up to the top of the world in Addo and had to take a couple of pictures.
|No worry's! The lions where all lounging in the meadows today|
|Elder Richins said he needs to look into the camera, but this shot is one of my favorites.|
|This guy was lumbering down the road as we where heading towards the exit. He walked right by our car towards the|
|He never took his eyes off the waterhole. You could almost feel the car vibrate has he walked by.|
|We had seen Zebra in the distance but this gal was right next to the road.|
What a day! From rain to wind to no animals, to many animals, to this! All in one day. We were so blessed to enjoy so much. And to really thank our Heavenly Father for this breathe taking world we live in.
As we entered Port Elizabeth it was raining and had been raining all day, which is only about 30 minutes from Addo.
We hope you all have a blessed week. Enjoy your summer and the beautiful part of the world you are in this week.
Love, Elder and Sister Richins
Lynn and Miriam