Thing # 20

“Wild” Animals.

We have mentioned the birds, monkeys and livestock but something that was really surprising to me, that I didn’t realize until I lived here for close to a year, is the actual abundance of “wild” animals.  I also didn’t realize that I would think they are cool or interesting.  I never dreamed of going on safari. Africa from afar (until I learned that I was assigned here, of course) never seemed very alluring to me.  I never wanted to see giraffes on the side of the road, eating leaves because that is just what they do, until I saw them do it.  (On a side note, all of our photos are with my iPhone 4s, so they might be slightly less than amazing).

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Many of the things that we love about being in Botswana are things that Botswana has brought out in us, things that must have always been there but they were hibernating deep within us.  That is the feeling that I got the first time we were driving in northern Botswana and we just saw an elephant, just living and hanging out.  I was in awe, I was shocked and mesmerized and I wanted to see more.

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These photos are from Elephant Sands a small camp site that has a watering hole which attracts elephants.

People talk about the ability to see wild animals here as one of the perks but I just didn’t realize how many we could see and how easily we could see them.  Obviously, the coolest part is they are just hanging out.  It is a really special part of living here in Botswana.

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This photo is of a critically endangered black rhino at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

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A kudu at Mashatu Game Reserve which is located in the Northern Tuli Block in Botswana, at the junction of un-fenced borders between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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A momma hyena with stinky hyena pupps at Mashatu.
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Cheetahs being cheetahs at Mashatu.

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Warthogs like the good life, too.  They are hanging out on the lawn of the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe.

We have also seen herds of other antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, and many other animals.  It feels special to be able to see them, for the most part, in their natural environments in a country which values and protects them. The access to wild animals is something that we love about our time here in Botswana.

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