Sunday Safari 2


Tall stories:

 The safari was at nearby Tala Game Reserve, and we set out to arrive at about 09h00.  We don’t go that often, and it so happens that last time Younger Daughter, Sn-i-L and the grandgirls went we did not accompany them.  They related, however, that a school friend from young R’s school – who lives just down the road – had also been there, and remarked on the coincidence.

  On this occasion it had been arranged to meet the parents and grandparents of a friend young R had met through swimming, so we had her playmate laid on.  The two shared the closed-in back of the van we were in, but instead of looking at the animals we found they had opened the cool-box and had started on the picnic, merrily spilling orange juice, and scattering chips, bits of biscuits and cakes and sundry other foodstuffs, all over the rugs and cushions at the back.  They were swiftly separated and only reunited when we stopped sightseeing in order to picnic near this pool.

 Tala pool

 Would you believe it: the pair turned into a threesome!  When we got there, it was to find that another friend from R’s class at playschool was also there with her parents.  The first time was surprising enough, given the relatively small number of local residents who like that sort of scene, the numbers of places available to go to on a Sunday, and the number of days on which such trips could take place.  That it should happen twice in a row will no doubt be considered a tall story indeed!

Giraffe 5The next tall story concerns creatures which always look down on mere humans, with the expressions of tolerant disdain so peculiarly theirs.  After driving for a while, we were thrilled to get some distant sightings of giraffe, and snapped away gleefully – see another sample with previous Safari post.  Then we rounded a bend, and found this high and mighty specimen right next to the road!

  Giraffe 1 Giraffe 2

Giraffe 3 

Tune in for the next thrilling instalment! 

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21 Responses to Sunday Safari 2

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    Wow! What a lovely place, I wish I was there.

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  2. adinparadise says:

    What a lovely spot for a Sunday jaunt. I had to laugh at those hungry little scavengers in the back of your truck. A good job the third one wasn’t in there with them at that stage. 😆 Your giraffe pics are splendid.

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  3. The Asian says:

    See, threesomes are fun! 😉
    I love camel horses, they’re so fascinating with their super long necks

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  4. Zirkie says:

    beautiful pics, Col! What a coincidence that 2 of her friends were there on the same day!

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  5. Well what a lucky kid R is. Seems like she’s the right little social butterfly, finding friends everywhere. Watch out when she gets older 🙂
    Love Giraffe (well, of course 🙂 ) and you got some great shots there.

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  6. 68ghia says:

    Hope you still had stuff left to picnic with after the young ladies got into it 😉
    Looks like a worthwhile spot to visit on a Sunday – glad you guys enjoyed it 😉
    Looking forward to the next installment…

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  7. melouisef says:

    There was a giraffe called george at Rustenburg and you could touch him!

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  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Wow, Col, what a beautiful place. The picnic area – lovely. The giraffe in the second photo is disdain personified! But the nicest picture, to me, is the giraffe in the tree – stunning!

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  9. Pussycat44 says:

    Kids will be kids! At least you had some cleaning of the car to do when you got home 😉
    Love the giraffe.

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  10. nrhatch says:

    Lovely spot to picnic . . . lovely giraffe to admire . . . naughty girls for diving into the lunch. 😉

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  11. newsferret says:

    Those Gs are tall but graceful.

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  12. What a delightful place! I cannot imagine being so close to a giraffe in its natural habitat! What a thrill. Beautiful photos, too. I did chuckle at the open picnic cooler and early access to lunch! They were just having a great day, weren’t they! Very nice. I often think children today have so much stress to navigate, and when they can have a day like you’ve just described, they’ve been given a very nice gift! 🙂

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  13. Colline says:

    Such a graceful giraffe.

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