Luke was so excited to go. On Friday night I told him to pack for the trip and later when I checked on him I found that he had packed more than enough! Funny he had a little of everything in that bag.
This is the tent that Grams, Brit and Luke stayed in. It had a double bed plus 2 twin beds and the bathroom had a tub and an outdoor shower. Very nice.
We had a very nice buffet lunch. Several salads and cheeses as well as rice, potatoes, veggies, fish and steak kabobs, fruit and pudding for dessert.
James is our ranger for the weekend.
James heard on the radio that another ranger just found some lions. He said that we actually just drove right past them. They were laying down in the bush and we couldn't see them. He turned around and went back to that area and drove off the road into the grass. We spotted them and we were able to park the vehicle right next to where they were. We were about 5 - 6 yards away from the male and the female and her 2 cubs were on the other side of the vehicle. We couldn't get any good pictures of them because they were laying down the whole time and you could see their tales every now and then.
Here we are taking a break for "sun downers" to watch the sunset. Everyone had chips and a drink of their choice.
As we were heading to dinner it got dark and James used his spot light to see if we could see anything. We ended up behind a lioness and 2 cubs walking down the road. We could see the lion ahead of them about 50 yards. We ended up being about an hour late for dinner as they stayed on the road for about 45 minutes and we could not pass them.
We had dinner under a HUGE fig tree. They set up tables and had a buffet with lots of food. It was an incredible experience. James told us on Sunday morning that the lion tracks were spotted as people were leaving the area just on the other side of where we were parked. Crazy to think they were that close.
We woke up at 5 am on Sunday for our 6 am morning safari.
After we checked out and loaded up to head home we decided to stop at the Conservation area to look at the white lions. It was so neat to see them and to hear the history behind the white lion. The white lions are very rare. Here is the short story ... This conservation area has several of these white lions that they have raised and they are now in the process of breeding them with brown lions and then they will allow those cubs to be raised "in the wild" although they are on an island in the conservatory. These new cubs will most likely be brown but will carry the white gene and then they can breed those cubs and they should be white. In time they will be able to introduce several white lions into the game park. There is a movie that just came out here in South Africa called "The White Lion" we are headed to see this on Tuesday. They are beautiful!
We came home this afternoon and Grams spotted this bird in our yard. We have lots of these each day that "hang out" in our yard.
We are so thankful for the blessing of having Grams here with us and the gift we were given this weekend with her in the game park. Great Memories for sure!!!
*If you want to see pictures of the bore hole check out the previous post - keep in mind they were posted late Friday night and blogspot was causing me problems or I guess it could have been just user error. Anyway they are on there and that is all that matters :)