Oct 24, 2010

South African Safari - Part 2

Even though I had food poisoning the previous night, my diarrhea and vomiting stopped before the time to hit the Kruger Safari. We decided to wear our jersey lookalike South Africa tee that we bought in Johannesburg and were tad too excited to see the famous Big 5; lion, elephants, rhino, buffalo and leopard.

The first animal sighted when we headed out from our safari lodge was the elephant. We got so excited and almost shouted but luckily Cunnie, our guide stopped us from intimidating Jumbo, the elephant. We continued into Kruger and reached the safari just in time when it opened at 6am.

We managed to spot 4 out of the Big 5. It was quite a funny scene when we were so excited for the game hunt but were all falling asleep after 1 hour not sighting any animals. Each time Cunnie sighted an animal, he would wake us up and we excitedly took photos before continuing our sleep. Our limited knowledge on animals led to another funny thing when Cunnie told us there were some warthog in front of us but we couldn’t understand what animal was that until he mentioned Pumba.. LOL..
Since then Cunnie made reference to each animal that we spotted to the Lion King!

Overall, it was a really enriching experience to go for such game viewing. It was like watching a combination of Nat Geo and Lion King live !! My next target will be to go to Masai Mara in Kenya…

view of the elephant backside

colourful birdie

baby and mummy giraffes


the king of the jungle. people actually rush here after news of lion sighting. there's even a traffic jam.


trying out the Safari hat

Me, Adri and May

my jersey lookalike

view from the bridge

buffalos crossing the road

Lastly, for those who are curious on which tour company that I went to for this 7 day trip from Joburg to Durban (cost about ZAR 6000 which is equivalent to RM2500), it was Siyabona. When you do the booking, try to request for Cunnie as the guide as he's one hell of a cool and funny guide though he always curse in Afrikaans.


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