FC: OUR HONEYMOON 2012 | Kruger Park South Africa | Mauritius
1: MONWANA LODGE, THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE
2: The most common sighting was IMPALA meaning November as this is the month they give birth | Also known as the black heeled gazelle, they will scatter in all directions when attacked, kicking their heels to protect themselves. They emit a smell from their heels which is used to help find each other again
6: THE WILD DOGS | Unusually the Wild Dogs were sharing their home with a set of warthogs whose burrows were in the other side of the mound. Two pups had been tossed up in the air the week before by one of the warthogs - luckily they were okay
9: ENJOYING THE VIEW AT THE LODGE
10: THE RHINOS
11: BLACK RHINO are actually no darker than WHITE RHINO though they are much more aggressive- as evidenced by the one that charged our car on our first day! | Despite both being rhinos, the BLACK RHINO and the WHITE RHINO are in fact completely different species. It is not known for sure where the different names orginated.
17: There were 13 cheetahs at Thornybush, one of whom had four five-week-old cubs who bumbled around past our truck | Cheetahs are in fact the lowest on the food chain of all the carnivores in the park, below lions, hyenas, wild dogs and leopards
18: SIGHTSEEING AT THE LODGE
20: There were 40 elephants on the reserve. The population has to be carefully controlled due to their destructive nature - indeed they tore apart a few trees as we watched
21: THE ELEPHANTS
23: IMPALA AT THE WATERING HOLE
24: At the very end of our last drive Twinspot's grown-up son was spotted relaxing in the long grass. | There were 30 leopards on the reserve but, after hyenas, they are the hardest predators to track down. We didn't see any until our last drive where we saw two. The leopard in the tree is Twinspot - leopards only spend about 5% of their time in trees so this was quite a find.
30: THE LIONS
31: There were two prides on the reserve, we were lucky enough to see Marvin and his three lionesses on a few occasions. We followed them in the morning as they patrolled the perimeter of their territory. | The population of the lions is carefully controlled as there would otherwise be no other large predators on the reserve.
38: This was the relaxing part of the honeymoon
41: CHILLING BY THE POOL
42: A trip out on the glass-bottomed boat
47: Cycling around the hotel grounds
48: ENJOYING EVENING MEALS
49: AND ENTERTAINMENT
53: OUR SUCCESSFUL GOLFING LESSON
55: "The entire ocean is affected by a pebble."