03.30.2015 - 03.30.2015 89 °F
The 2nd day of our safari started bright and early on a flat bottom boat as we explored the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the Santa Lucia Estuary.
I don't think I would swim here!
These hippos have been out forging during the night and were returning to the water to nap.
Great Southern Fishing Eagle
Our guide and captain was excellent.
What do you call a bunch of hippos? A bloat!
In spite of the fact that hippos are sometimes a comical sight, they are nothing to laugh about. Hippos are considered to be one of the world's most dangerous large animals!
Next, our final adventure: exploring the ocean side of the estuary.
Southern Banded Snake Eagle (Later we saw one flying holding a snake!)
Gnu, also called a wildebeest, on the left
Looking over the vast wetland, which is all a protected area
Lookout! Warthog crossing!
This must be a favorite mud hole
Mission Rocks Beach
We had a great barbecue lunch prepared by our guides.
The final leg of our adventure was the three hour drive to Durban where the Serenity had docked after leaving Richard's Bay. Before leaving Santa Lucia we gathered together one last time near our Tour Director's home to congratulate each other on a most excellent safari. Although our sighting of a lion and of a leopard were obscured by bushes we had indeed seen the big five! (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) Awesome!!!