Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Antelope Park, Gweru, Zimbabwe

A few weekends ago Brandy, Carmel, and Stacie and I went up to Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. It was absolutely beautiful!

We were very fortunate to be able to go on a walk with these lions. It was unfortunate that it started at 6:30 am! At one point during the walk they spotted a group of horses and almost went after them, but fortunately they aren't strong enough yet to actually take one down. Now that would have been a sight!

This was a little unnerving to be in the middle of three adolescent lions. But it makes for a great picture. Nevermind safety, as long as you get a picture of it, right?

Isn't she cute? Almosts makes you forget that this animal is extremely dangerous!

Here we are on our elephant ride. First time to ride an African elephant, that's for sure

My elephant, Amai, loved getting the treats her trainer had for her. And I had fun getting to feed them to her.

Impressive huh? I thought so

Swimming (more like drowning) with the elephants was definately an experience! I had the same elephant I rode the day before and she's apparently known for her wild swims, hence the death grip on my poor guide.

Carmel and Stacie's elephant was actually the more calm of the two, although you wouldn't guess it by the looks on their faces!

These are my 3 teaching partners for this year. From left to right, Lingani Masole, Joseph Mothule, and Oteng Masendu. They have all just finished Form 5 (like graduating high school) and are waiting to hear back from Universities to see if they have been accepted.