The stuff you’ve all been waiting for!  I know you just want to see the animals.

Well, we left JoBerg at 8:00 am on Feb 15 and drove 450 km northeast through varied terrain to arrive at Vuyani Safari Lodge.  First, it looked much like Iowa, flat and agricultural with a few more trees.  Next we saw savannah – like terrain, pine forest, then we got into the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains, and finally to the bushveld outside Kruger National Park at the Moditlo Preserve.




rhinos seen from a gas station!


cows wandering on the road

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We had lunch when we arrived, then by 4:30 we went out on our first game drive.  Talking to our fellow passengers in the open air safari truck, we learned that one of the young couples with us is Jacob Jantsch, grandson of Mason City residents, Carlyle and Averil Merritt, and his wife, Heather, who are on R&R from Afghanistan with the US Army.  Small world, huh?  This is why I always say Jim and I don’t fool around.  Everywhere we go we know someone!

A few photos from our first game drive:




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