S Africa & Zimbabwe

Posted March, 2013 by John

 We had long wanted to go to South Africa., and were able to spend about 2 1/2 weeks in South Africa & Zimbabwe in August, 2012. The trip was superb: beautiful sights & scenery, a few friends visited, and of course the magnificent animals.

A few notes and some photos will be coming soon. In the meantime:

Our route:

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(You can click on the full-screen logo in the bottom right of each video. They are also posted on Vimeo. See links below each video).

A couple of videos of some of the animals we encountered: at RiverBend Lodge in the Addo National Elephant Park, north of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and at Goliath Safaris, in Mana Pools National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe, where we were with the great guide, Stretch Ferreira.

The elephants get their own film, because of their majesty and power. A couple of encounters spooked Oksana for most of future elephant sightings…

South African & Zim Elephants from John Leeson on Vimeo.


But that wasn’t enough to stop us from canoeing with the hippos and crocs in the Zambezi…

S Africa/Zim: Animals from John Leeson on Vimeo.


Here are a few photos from the trip (click for larger images).  More are posted here on Picasa.

Looking down Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope (originally, “Cape of Storms”)

On the road through the Little Karoo Mountains

Not just elephants in Addo Elephant Park, South Africa

Also at Addo

Our home at Goliath Safaris (Mana Pools), Zimbabwe

One of the local residents at Mana Pools

Kudu (Mana Pools)

Canoeing in the Zambezi with friends

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