5 Jul

A memorable  part of being an overseas volunteer is enjoying the nature and gifts of the country where serving. In my case, this meant the renowned African wildlife.  Witnessing the magic of animals being in their own natural environment, rather than being confined in a torturous zoo for the public’s amusement gave a feeling of freedom and an acknowledgement that I was entering ‘their territory’ and playing by ‘their rules’. I was shown this by being charged by a fully grown African elephant! Probably one of the most scariest moments of my life!

Moments before being charged...I was driving!!

Still leaves me speechless

Something that also got my heart pumping was my personal encounter with lion cubs. The feeling of being up close and personal with my favourite animal was breathtaking! Feelings of nerves and excitement were expressed by shivering from head to toe. I could have spent all day here being at one with one of the most feared animals.

Just as personal was the crocodile that migrated to the dam in the back yard of my uncle’s farm. My cousin and I named him Steve. He was shy and would need encouraging to come out and play.

These experiences and encounters till this day remain a highlight in my overseas experiences. A must for all. The majestic views that a painter will envy, and a photographer sigh for in vain, the freedom of the wildlife and abundance of flora, untouched natural beauty stretching up to 350 km North to South (at Kruger National Park, South Africa), are but a few reasons what makes Africa unique.

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3 Responses to “Wildlife”

  1. mjfuss July 5, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    Awesome photos, especially the leopard. Kruger just looks amazing.

  2. zach July 5, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Ethnosense, great post, can’t wait for the next. I will check back.

  3. jyd89 July 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Thank you both.

    Mjfuss, your earlier posts of your experiences with pumas encouraged me to post about my experiences in Africa. In Kruger there are about 200-300 leopards, so was complete luck to have spotted one! My cousin who lived in neighbouring Swaziland, has gone to Kruger about 7 or 8 times and that was his first sighting of a leopard. Extremely shy by character, they are.

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