Definition of Safari

The word SAFARI, which comes from Arabic safara ‘to travel’, is an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat. But it is so much more when you are actually here, in Africa, riding in a 4×4 vehicle through the bush or on the plains, straining your eyes to see what you are seeking, and totally awestruck when you come upon a pride of lions sleeping in the noon day sun under the shade of a neighboring acacia tree or at the local watering hole watching the elephants take a cooling mud bath.

From Port Elizabeth, we separated. Barbara and Mary Jane went to Kariega Private Game Reserve for the day and Carolyn went to Shamwari for a 3-day, 2-night safari. Kariega, about an hour and a half hour drive from Port Elizabeth, was previously a cattle and goat farm, but is now a 12,000 acre reserve with more than 25 species of animals, including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, numerous antelope species and over 250 types of birds.

In all of the reserves we visited, we noted that the animals truly are in a natural habitat, with healthy grasslands, shrubs and trees as well as water. The animals find their own food and monitor their space, ever on the move to stay away from possible prey. ENJOY!!

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It is rare to see a hippopotamus out of the water grazing in the day time.

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One of the “Little Five” ~ Leopard Turtle

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Watch out for flying mud as the elephants cool off at the watering hole!

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4 Responses to “Definition of Safari”

  1. some very good photos…leo Leo A. Zabinski, CTC, MCC, DS, Ed.D. President, Classic Travel of Hilton Head lazabinski@yahoo.com Direct line  (843) 379-7979 Office phone (843) 815-9228 Vice Chair/Secretary American Society of Travel Agents From: World Sail Away To: lazabinski@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:37 AM Subject: [New post] Definition of Safari #yiv3091681443 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3091681443 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3091681443 a.yiv3091681443primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3091681443 a.yiv3091681443primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3091681443 a.yiv3091681443primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3091681443 a.yiv3091681443primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3091681443 WordPress.com | Mary Jane posted: “The word SAFARI, which comes from Arabic safara ‘to travel’, is an expedition to observe or hunt animals in their natural habitat. But it is so much more when you are actually here, in Africa, riding in a 4×4 vehicle through the bush or on the plains, str” | |

  2. Cmichaelus@aol.com November 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Hope you’re having fun. I’m so jealous! Chuck

  3. rozzellmaryann@aol.com November 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Awesome pictures!

  4. WONDROUS !!

    Scholar Laureate Learning Forward 2005 Grand Loop Boerne, Texas 78006 830 816 6205 Shirley.Hord@learningforward.org http://www.learningforward.org

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