Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I'm Back!

Hello again. I returned from my trip to South Africa (and Swaziland) late yesterday, and I need a recovery period. One of the things I'm thinking about is how and what to write about my trip, which was wonderful but physically taxing.

As a preview, one of my favorite features of the trip was an open-vehicle safari through Kruger National Park (followed by another on a tour bus, but it wasn't quite the same). I was actually able to see all of Africa's "Big Five" animals: Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo, and Rhinoceros. Of course you can see all or most of the above in any zoo, but somehow it isn't quite the same. In Kruger, the animals have all the rights and the right of way. It's as close as I'll ever get to their natural habitat.

Since I use an instant digital camera, I'm not confident of having good photos of all of the big five, but you'll see a few photos here anyway, as soon as I can sort them out.

Check out my other blog, "Never too Late!" in a few days. I'll have a lot to say there about the difficulties of travel for elders who aren't very agile. Still, I'm glad I went!


Grannymar said...

Welcome back. I look forward to seeing the photos.

Lydia said...

I'm anxious to read and see more about your trip!
You probably already know about the tourist's video shot at Kruger that swept YouTube, then news channels recently. It has since become a phenomenon unto itself with its own website (and soon to be a National Geographic documentary follow-up). In case you missed all this, though, here is the website link to paste into browser:

seniorwriter said...

Thanks, Lydia. I wasn't aware of that video. I'm afraid I can produce nothing like that; I only used an instant digital still camera. I'm still getting my life back together after the trip, but I hope to write about the trip this weekend.

Lydia said...

Oh, the tourist who filmed this video was just lucky to have a videocam at the right time. In an interview he said that he's an amateur photographer. There were pros in his group, all of whom are the not the least bit envious of his good fortune!
Your stills will be wonderful to see. An instant digital is what I'd take along if I traveled like you have. Other gear is too cumbersome.