On Safari!

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Up early and ate breakfast outside - our toast and eggs cooked on the fire.  As it was still quite cold, Emma braved the Swazi porridge, made palatable with lots of milk and sugar - not as good as the Scottish version!  Then it was a 90 minute drive to Southern Swaziland to the Mkaya Game Reserve.  We found it easily enough, and parked up in a spot where we had been told that the rangers would meet us.  At 10am we were escorted into the reserve, through gates, over a stream and up to the main camp.  We signed a disclaimer (if we happened to be eaten by a hippo we couldn't sue), met our safari buddies, had a drink of mango juice, and then jumped onto a big 4x4 with our driver/guide, Siprian.  Then we entered the reserve proper, with electric fences/gates.

A bit close
  The first things we saw were some nyala, impala, an eland and a few warthogs.  Then our first bit of excitement - a white rhino with baby.  We were allowed to get out and walk a bit nearer, but Emma kept her distance as she was worried that her red jumper might cause a charge!

We continued to drive around for the rest of the morning, seeing more rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, antelope, and just before lunch, a group of elephants (after some impressive tracking by Siprian).  We got very close to them, and watched them munching their way through the vegetation.  A good morning in the bush!  Then it was off to lunch in a lovely setting in the reserve, where we were joined by impala and guinea fowl.  We thought it slightly amusing that on the menu for lunch was warthog stew!  It was very tasty, along with rice and salad.  Then it was back on safari, the highlight of the afternoon being a group of giraffes, but they were quite shy and we didn't get very close to them. 

Called for petrol on the way home, and Diane ended up getting a great service  we just don't get at home:  our petrol filled up, windscreen washed, oil topped up, a brief history of Swaziland and an invitation to spend the night with the pump attendant. 

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A bit close
A bit close
Giraffe
Giraffe
Before - warthogs....
Before - warthogs....
...and after - Warthog Stew
...and after - Warthog Stew
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photo by: roamingduck