No, this isn’t a tribute to G ‘n’ R (although I can’t promise that won’t happen at some point). Today we did a pseudo-safari (pseudo in that our vehicle was caged in) at The Lion Park.
I was convinced I was going to die, no thanks to the experience I had with my family at Bear Country last fall where they kept opening the car windows (with wild animals running free) as I yelled for them to shut them. This was coming right off a rash of people dying after opening windows and getting of their cars in tiger parks, etc. To quote my brother, I wasn’t so concerned with dying but rather with the fact that people would forever think I was one of those people who dies in a really, really stupid manner. Isn’t that a terrible legacy?
Anyway, I didn’t die! (Either time.) And I’m so glad we went, because it was amazing! (Also, I didn’t need to worry so much about being attacked since lions are lazy AAMF.). We didn’t see the Big 5 but saw a lot of other ones and heard a shit-ton of lions roaring in the background, echoing off the mountains.
The best part, however, is that we saw two lions “fall in love.”
In the off-chance anyone out there is near a child around while reading this, we saw them share a special hug. Which ends in a situation like this:
(Side note: I clearly filmed the lion action. Click on the Contact button if you want to see it.)
Final thing about lions: wegot to see feeding time. One lion kept swinging its food around, which was obviously the leg of some animal. I mean she was really whipping it around. Unfortunately I didn’t get a shot because I couldn’t stop staring, but here’s a less interesting lion meal:
And for some much-needed nongross funsies , here’s a pretty picture of zebras.
After the animals it was time to head to the airport for Capetown!
How beautiful is that sunset? Starting our initial descent, I was so excited to see it from the ground.
Then we went through 20 minutes of angry storm clouds where I couldn’t even see the ground until we landed. Terrerrible landing aside, Capetown has been suffering from a drought, so at least I could bring some rain with me (I can really ruin anything).
It stopped raining long enough for me to go eat more fun meats for dinner.
This was a reeeeally difficult choice. I ended up going with crocodile though (tastes like chicken with the consistency of fish…meta). Don’t feel badly – crocodiles are dicks. They (along with hungry, hungry hippos) are the two most dangerous animals in Africa. They are also delicious!
Time for bed!