Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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When I opened the curtains this morning, there were 3 buffalo outside our window, followed by a view out onto the plains. I smiled to myself.
Words don't mean much to me at the moment - I am trying to think of what to write to describe today, but instead of words coming into my head, it's pictures, pictures of being sat in the middle of a herd of wild elephants having dust baths, young ones rolling in the dirt with their mothers playfully poking at them with their trunks, huge magnificent bull elephants curling their trunks around leaves in the trees, with their impressive ivory tusks, so close I could have reached out and touched them.
Pictures in my mind of a leopard laying in full view on a rock suckling her young - we were lucky enough to see a leopard yesterday, and Stanley himself said that he hadn't seen a mother with baby for over a year. We just stood and looked on in awe at this impressive sight. Stanley said that she originally had two cubs, but noone has reported seeing the second one for a number of weeks, so they think it may have been taken by a lion - that is just life here - survival of the fittest. The cub was playful and kept taking swipes at her mother's tail, such beauty, such complete beauty. Eventually mum placed her cub in a crack in the rocks and went off - probably in search of food, we may never see another leopard, so I'm ingraining this one firmly in my mind.
More pictures in my mind from later today when we came across a male lion, it was so close to us, beautiful bright eyes, small black pupils piercing through you, honeycomb mane and scars on his face that told of a few fights.
We saw hyenas cooling off in muddy water, a jackal family, some baby crocodiles, mongoose, monkeys, zebra, wildebeest, impala, dik dik, gazelles, giraffe and lots of other things - all these things have become the norm of day to day life here, wherever we are we see these animals all around us, it's a pretty amazing place.
There is nothing I can say about today to get anywhere close to describing how I feel about it, I could say that it was awesome, I could say that it totally inspires me, I could say that it was outstanding, but these words are losing their meaning to me right at this very moment, so I will just say that I love safari life.