Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Madikwe with the Pleva Grandparents - Animals on Safari!

Over Easter weekend we took Gramma and Grandpa Pleva to Madikwe for a fantastic easter safari! Three beautiful days of safari drives, watching the animals at the waterhole, and relaxing. It was another amazing visit to the Bush House. We managed to see all of the big five except for the elusive leopard.

Piper isn't old enough to go on the main game drives, but our awesome ranger, Carine, took us out during the mid afternoon break on a little bumble drive. Piper wasn't so sure about this safari at first, she was concerned about the bumpy ride and the wind, but as soon as we came upon some zebra's she was very excited. During her game drives she saw zebra, giraffe, impala and kudu. What an adventure!

Back on our main drives we saw four critically endangered white rhinos. There are very few rhino's left in the wild, every year over 1,000 of these amazing animals are poached for their horn and unfortunately the birth rate is barely keeping up with the death rate. 

Wild Dogs are also critically endangered. There is an estimated 2000 wild dogs left in South Africa. Last year in Madikwe there were 50 dogs, this year there are only seven left due to an outbreak of rabies. It is a devastating loss for the global wild dog population. We were lucky enough to see the remaining dogs (5 adults and 2 pups). 

Another little bumble drive for Piper!

 Safari selfie :)

Our last evening we had dinner in the Boma underneath the stars. What a way to end a fabulous weekend!

More Pictures from Madikwe coming up!

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