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Sara Ogiony and Peter Carpi took a trip to South Africa in early February, 2009.
Here are 100 or so of the roughly 2000 pictures we took. They are in
chronological order leaving some of my favorites at the end.

We made a quick stop off in London, then flew to Johannesburg to catch
another flight to Hoedspruit, outside Kruger National Park in South Africa.
On the way back we spent a few nights in Cape Town.

You can see more photos from the trip by navigating among the links above.


Sara Ogiony and Peter Carpi in London

 

 




Our wonderful hosts for the day in London, Christian and Heather, just got engaged - congratulations!

Heather and Christian Carrillo with Peter Carpi in London

 

 





This was the little plane we took from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit.

puddle jumper from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, South Africa

 

 




The only paved road in the Ngala game reserve, which is where we stayed. Ngala borders the Kruger park, but has no fences to block the animals from migrating across the borders.

THE paved road in the Ngala game reserve bording Kruger

 

 




Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the tented camp where we stayed, only video apparently.
It was a wonderful experience and I recommend both the company and this camp in particular to anyone interested in doing a first time safari.
Here are two links to see the camp;
CC Africa
And Beyond (the new name of CC Africa)


We took off on our first game drive that afternoon.

Sara Ogiony on safari in Africa

 

 




We immediately came across lot's of wildlife. This is a wildebeest.

Wildebeest in South Africa

 

 





animal friends

 

 





South African zebra

 

 




We ran into a leopard right away. These are rare and apparently one of the hardest animals to find in the bush.
Luckily our ranger, J.P., drove us right underneath her and our tracker, Richard, was quick enough to spot her.

Leopard in a tree

 

 




Here she comes.

Leopard descending

 

 





Check out the moon on our first evening!

Full moon over Africa

 

 




How many flying scavengers can you pick out?

African scavengers waiting in the trees at dusk

 

 





Twilight flight in Africa

 

 





Panoramic of African watering hole

 

 





African sunset

 

 





birds flying in Africa

 

 





Bird in flight over South Africa

 

 





giraffe on African safari

 

 




Time for some lions...

lion scratching a tree

 

 





lion's face

 

 





lion on the prowl

 

 





lions drinking

 

 





elephant in Africa

 

 





elephant on the move

 

 




Our ranger, J.P. Harding.

J.P. Harding, our ranger

 

 




My camera girl.

camera girl

 

 




The crew, from left to right, Steve and Jan, Ryan, whose wife missed this drive, Sara, our second tracker Jimmy, J.P., and me, Peter Carpi.

The crew, from left to right, Steve and Jan, Ryan, whose wife missed this drive, Sara, our second tracker Jimmy, J.P., and me, Peter Carpi

 

 




The moon rising while we were in the bush.

The moon rising over Africa

 

 





Jan and Steve

 

 





a ranger and a tracker

 

 





Peter Carpi

 

 





Jan on safari

 

 




Our tracker for the second part of the stay at Ngala, Jimmy, doing his thing.

Our tracker for the second part of the stay at Ngala, Jimmy

 

 




A rhino. I felt like they could crush our Land Rover in a few seconds.

A rhino.  I felt like they could crush our Land Rover in a few seconds.

 

 




So could the elephants.

Family of elephants

 

 




Don't do it!

elephant and tusks

 

 





wildebeest

 

 




I suppose they could also crush us, if they could get out of the water.

african hippo

 

 




Ryan and Melissa with Steve and Sara in the background - I love this shot.

Ryan and Melissa looking at pictures on safari

 

 




Here's our chariot.

safari land rover

 

 




Sara.

Sara Ogiony

 

 




A cheetah, not Chester. Two cubs were in tow too.

Cheetah in Africa

 

 




Still trying to get out of the tub. I recommend Atkins.

swimming hippo with bird hat

 

 




J.P. saving us from the predators (it's a turtle).

J.P. Harding saving us from the predators - it's a turtle

 

 



Hyenas have the highest jaw strength to body mass proportion of any mammal.
These were a litter of four baby hyenas that we came across.
I was keenly interested in seeing flesh tearing and hearing bones crunching.
Not only did we experience neither of those, but we hardly saw any bones at all.
My guess is that these guys are natures way of recycling carcasses.

Hyena cubs

 

 





Hyena cub

 

 





sundowner on safari

 

 




I wish this photo had come out brighter.

Peter and Sara on safari

 

 





Peter and Sara on safari

 

 




Steve and Jan.

Steve and Jan on safari

 

 




At night our trackers, Richard and Jimmy, would use a spotlight to search for eyes.
Once spotted, they would quickly switch to a red filter so as not to blind the animals.

Night tracking with red filter

 

 




Did I mention the moon?

the moon over Africa with a lion in the foreground

 

 





dusk or dawn?

 

 





Rhino and birds

 

 





backside of a lion

 

 





lion hunting

 

 





Lions together

 

 





South African countryside

 

 




Jan doing her part as tracker and spider web blocker.

Jan tracking

 

 




The warthogs, like the widlebeest, are skitish.
When they run their tails shoot straight up like a radio antenna - quite funny.

warthogs in Africa

 

 





elephant

 

 




Camera girl is also my model.

Camera girl is also my model

 

 





is she mad at me?

 

 





Peter Carpi

 

 





JP Harding

 

 




Don't point at me.

elephant pointing it's trunk

 

 




If you look closely you can see the mountains in the background.

South Africa

 

 




This was the view from the window of our hotel, the Ambassador, in Cape Town.
There was a pool right outside our window with the ocean just a few steps further.

View from Ambassador Hotel in Cape Town

 

 





View from Ambassador Hotel in Cape Town

 

 





Cape Town from Robben Island

 

 





Sara on the Robben Island ferry

 

 





hat, sunglasses, passengers on a ferry

 

 




Somebody swiped my camera.

Peter Carpi in Cape Town

 

 






Cape Town sunset

 

 





Near the top of Lion's Peak, overlooking Cape Town and Table Mountain.

Near the top of Lion's Peak, overlooking Cape Town and Table Mountain

 

 





Sara and Peter

 

 






Peter Carpi at the V&A Waterfront

 

 




On the way south down the coast towards Cape of Good Hope.

On the way south down the coast towards Cape of Good Hope

 

 





Sara Ogiony

 

 





Sara Ogiony

 

 




Left: Atlantic, right: Indian.
Ok, that's a slight exaggeration, but who's check facts here?

Sara Ogiony on the Cape of Good Hope

 

 





Southern Coast of Africa.

panoramic of the Southern Coast of Africa

 

 




The view from Chapmans Peak Road overlooking Hout Bay, just south of Cape Town.
One of the many beautiful coastal towns on the drive between Cape Town and Cape of Good Hope.

Chapmans Peak Road overlooking Hout Bay

 

 







V&A Waterfront

 

 






Sara Ogiony

 

 




The shanty towns around Cape Town were amazing.
Sara and I didn't take the time, or feel comfortable, exploring them more closely,
but the dichotomy between wealth and poverty living in such proximity was amazing.
Add to that the beauty of the makeshift towns and inhabitants and I
left our brief stay wishing I understood the South African history better.

shanty towns around Cape Town

 

 






reflection in sunglasses

 

 









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