Friday, September 22, 2006

TRAVEL BLOG Johannesburg



Back at the Park Hyatt Johannesburg where I began my mission trip to Africa two weeks ago. With Mission Malawi accomplished, I am here for two nights in transit to meet with Nazarene missionary, Linda Bratten, and others who may want to partner with CitiHope.


I met two local Nazarene youth leaders, Kenneth and Theola Phiri, who along with Linda, invited me on a Safari through Pilanesberg National Park.

The wild game reserve is about 2 hours from JoBurg and covers an area of 500 km square. Since this was my first African Safari, I was excited about 'shooting' the Big Five. Here is the list of wild animals sited and shot today with a digital camera:

17 Elephants (1 single and 16 in a herd)
15 Giraffee (4 sitings)
9 Hippopotamus (before and after going underwater)
23 Impala (jumping everywhere)
3 Kudu (sampled kudu jerky today for first time
1 Black Rhino
2 White Rhino (definately cool)
17 Springbok
12 Tsessebe
12 Warthogs (none named Pumba)
13 Waterbuck
37 Wilderbeest-Blue (ugly)
44 Zebra (many near the water)
5 turtles
lots of beautiful birds



More photos will be attached to this Blog.

What a wonderful way to end Trip #2 to Africa