We definitely caught the Africa Virus!

I’m enjoying all of your beautiful pictures. And making a mental note that I really do need a better camera for my May trip!

On my first Zambia trip I saw SO MUCH: lions, leopards, hyena, hippos, elephants, giraffes, wild dogs, mongoose, baboons, vervet monkeys, genets, elephant shrew, hares, puku, impala, bushbuck, waterbuck, kudu, wildebeest, crocodiles, herons, fish eagles, giant eagle owls, different kinds of storks and bee-eaters.

I really miss the hippo noises, a sort of deep HUR [wheezed] HUHHUHHUH-HUH [grunted]. I got chased by elephants; happily I was in a jeep but it was like the T-rex chase in Jurassic Park :laughing:

It felt such an enormous privilege to see these animals in their natural setting. My favourite moment was finding two adult female lions and four cubs just waking up one morning. All the morning stretches and the cubs getting playful, one wandering off to explore and one absolutely definitely having a lie-in. In the end the two adults escorted the three awake cubs away and mum was calling back to her lying-in little one who eventually jumped up and followed :heart_eyes:

Cant wait to go back.


:rofl::rofl::rofl: oh I can relate to that! We’ve had this experience in a private game reserve in the Caprivi close to the Okavango. Even our guide had sweat on his forehead.

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I have the Africa virus too. We were married in Cape Town and spent part of our honeymoon at Shamwari - I recognize the jeep in @Angela-HeadOfCommunity photos.


Thanks! Especially the information on the endangered species centers. I would certainly have been fooled by this. And thank you for the driving tips. We have lived in countries where we drive on one side of the road or the other so that should not pose a problem.
It seems your “Africa virus” is catching! :slight_smile:


@Debbie what wonderful memories you made, I loved Cape Town for me it is a cross between Sydney & Vancouver and Shamwari is magical but more than that the work they do on wildlife management, rehabilitation, conservation and education is the hope that the wildlife of Africa will survive, albeit in a protected state.

We came to be there because of our daughter who worked as a volunteer twice while doing her Veterinary degree, she was involved in a Giraffe :giraffe: relocation project and the stories she told and the way she told them just inspired us to go, we came away feeling just as she did…


Giraffes in the wild are just magical - quite surreal. The species in South Luangwa is unique to the area, the Thornicroft giraffe. (There’s also a unique wildebeest, Cookson’s wildebeest.)


:rofl::rofl::rofl: yes, it seems it is


How wonderful
My dream. My daughter used to wrok at Hoedspruit.


My daughter did vet and wildlife science and ended up at Hoedspruit but ive never veen to Africa… would lo e to go


Magnificent photos.


Amazing! My family has been yet still on my bucket list.