Southern Africa, 2012

We returned to southern Africa in February of 2012 for an extended trip through South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. We began with a 2-week volunteer program near Nelspruit, South Africa to care for injured wild animals. We were fortunate to care for white lion cubs, caracals and servals during our stay. We also spent some time with ostriches and baby rhinos. From there we went to western Botswana to visit the San people at Aha Hills near Xai Xai and see ancient rock art at Tsodilo Hills. After those visits, we made our way south to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve and saw wild dogs and many other animals. We flew from Maun over the Makgadikgadi Pans to the Tuli Block in eastern Botswana for two weeks of conservation survey work. We were lucky to have great sightings of elephants, lions, leopard, wild dog and aardvark. We returned to South Africa to participate in a rhino darting and monitoring program (African Conservation Experience). Later we hiked in the Drakensberg Mountains and climbed Mafadi, the tallest peak in South Africa, and Thabana Ntlenyana, the tallest peak in Lesotho and southern Africa. After a night at Sani Pass, we returned to South Africa to visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve and see numerous animals. We continued north through Swaziland and spent nearly a week driving through Kruger National Park from south to north. We finished with a quick trip to the Niassa Reserve in northern Mozambique. We posted more details on our blog.

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White Rhino Pair, South Africa
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Male Ostrich, Nelspruit, South Africa
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White Rhino Calves, South Africa
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Casey,Baby Chacma Baboon, South Africa
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White Lion cubs, Nelspruit, South Africa
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Playing with white lion cubs
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Kaylee, Serval, South Africa
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White Lion Cub, South Africa
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Skye - blue vervet monkey, South Africa
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Azeke - caracal, South Africa
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Wild Dog Pack, Kruger NP, South Africa
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Croc wrestling, Nelspruit, South Africa
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Dancing with Kevin, South Africa
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Spotted Genet, Maun, Botswana
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Peggy with the San, Aha Hills, Botswana
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San Trance Dance, Aha Hills, Botswana
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San Pipe Smoking, Aha Hills, Botswana
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Van Der Post Panel, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
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Peggy in makoro, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Okavango Delta sunset, Botswana
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Green Pigeons, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Wild Dog Pack, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
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Playful Zebras, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
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Night lightning, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
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Black-Backed Jackal, Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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Lioness, Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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Gemsbok Bull, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
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Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
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Wild Dog, Tuli Block, Botswana
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Leopard, Tuli Block, Botswana
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Tracking Lesson, Tuli Block, Botswana
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Meyer's Parrot, Tuli Block, Botswana
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Peggy at Eagle Rock, Tuli Block, Botswana
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Radio-collaring a white rhino, South Africa
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Bringing Bokkie home, near Musina, South Africa
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Three giraffe, near Musina, South Africa
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Climbing Leslie's Pass, Drakensberg Mtns, South Africa
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Central Drakensberg viewpoint over South Africa
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Sani Pass Pub, Lesotho
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White Rhino, South Africa
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Elephant Bull standoff, Hlulhluwe-Umfolozi GR, South Africa
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Playing with cheetahs, Hlulhluwe, South Africa
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Elephant calf rescue, Kruger NP, South Africa
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Leopard, Punda Maria, Kruger NP, South Africa
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Spotted hyena cub, Sitara, Kruger NP, South Africa
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Inselberg, Niassa Reserve, Mozambique
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Samango monkey, Niassa Reserve, Mozambique
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Elephant herd, Niassa Reserve, Mozambique
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Blesbok, South Africa
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Striped Hyena, South Africa
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Peggy & Giraffe, South Africa
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