The 'Big Five'

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
Trip End Nov 28, 2006

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Monday, March 20, 2006

We are finally on the 'safari' part of the tour and visiting the game parks for which Africa is so famous. Coming up through South Africa, we only saw the occasional springbok (it's basically a small deer with horns),

but what we really wanted to see were 'The Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino, and buffalo. These are the animals that were traditionally most sought after by trophy hunters as they were the hardest and most dangerous to hunt. While we are looking to shoot the Big 5, it will only be with our cameras.

Etosha National Park in northern Namibia did not disappoint us.

While there were plenty of springbok, we also saw some more traditional African animals such as zebras, ostriches, giraffes, wildebeest, warthogs, spotted hyenas, and lots of different types of antelopes.

Of the 'Big 5' we are happy to say we have seen lions, a rhino, and a small breeding group of elephants. Rhinos are the most endangered animal in Africa due to widespread poaching, so it's funny that it was the first of the Big 5 that we spotted. You would think elephants would be easy to spot since they're so big, but often they blend in with the trees. The easiest animals to spot turned out to be the giraffes as we just had to look over the trees to see their heads popping out.

Our highlights:
- Seeing 3 of the Big 5!

- The lions: we came across a male and female lion on a road in the park, and they separated to opposite sides of the road. We followed the male for awhile and even waited while he hid behind a bush. The male was incredibly beautiful to look at because of its soft-looking mane, but it was a young lion so it wasn't as big as we expected to see. After about 5 minutes he emerged from behind the bush and crossed the road to be with the female. We kept following it though, and eventually the lion gave a loud roar that was amazing to hear, but at the same time, we knew that the lion was really angry at us, so we left!
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lweinreich on

Great blog
Hi Edmund, I received your travel blog through a friend of Katrina, your former work buddy. I read about your travels and it looks like you are having an awesome experience. My husband and I are planning a similar escape from the 9to5 world. We want to leave in September for 6 months to travel parts of Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I hope you don't mind if I continue to read about your adventure with your wife. I can live vicariously through the two of you until we depart for our 'round the world adventure. Have fun!

Take Care, Lisa & Paul, Brampton, ON.

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