Today, I thought I’d show you a few photos from our time in Johannesburg with our daughter, son and three of the grandchildren, but firstly, I must tell you my tale.
We did the seven hour drive from our home in Durban and it was uneventful, except for a few very tense moments after we’d been going for about an hour. We were on the motorway, travelling at about 100kmph, when Sienna asked for her Barbie blanket which was on the floor in the front of the car with her dad. He passed it over, and it was put on top of her doll which lay between us on the seat. A short while later, Sienna said that she was cold, so I picked up the blanket to cover her, and there in the doll’s long blonde hair, was what looked like a very large cricket. We both sat mesmerised by this thing, hardly daring to breathe.
It was so shiny and very still, that we both thought, at least we hoped, that it was one of those plastic trick insects….until it moved ever so slightly. Oh horrors! I wanted to scream blue murder, but daren’t distract hubby who was driving, so I just said, “Jeff” in a very small voice, and thankfully he heard me and turned around. He too was horrified, but knew he had to be the hero, so he reached to pick up hubby’s jacket which was between the seats. I suddenly had visions of squashed cricket all over the only jacket he had brought with him, and remembered having stuffed a handful of tissues into my bag, on my way out of the house, just in case we needed them. I carefully extracted a few, still without breathing, and passed them over. My son knew that he had to get this operation right the first time, as there would be absolute bedlam in the car if that cricket starting leaping around. Thankfully, he aimed right, as he desperately made a grab for it. Result, one squashed cricket, and two females who could breathe again. Now I’m sure that some of you brave readers would, without a second thought, have simply picked it up and nonchalantly tossed it out of the window. Right?? 😆
Here are a few photos of more pleasant creatures, taken when we visited the Lion Park on the Sunday.
The white lion cubs were too adorable,
and we all had a turn at petting them.
We then went for a drive to see the adult lions, who were just ambling around right next to the cars. We were of course, told to stay in the car with the windows closed.
It was almost feeding time, and when the meat truck arrived, there was a mad stampede to get there first.
The hyenas also got their share, but this one didn’t want to share with this hungry-looking bird. It looks like a type of crow, but maybe bulldogsturf the bird expert, can please enlighten me as to what it actually is.
The giraffe feeding platform puts you at eye level with these docile creatures. We bought a bag of food pellets, and waited our turn.
I love this close-up taken by my son. “Hellooooo.”
We spotted this cheetah lying, rather well camouflaged, in the shade of a tree.
We also saw ostriches,
and a gorgeous family of meerkats. This photo is especially for Colonialist who is rather partial to these little creatures. 🙂 This is the lookout, and we waited around for ages hoping he would stand up in that typical meerkat pose. When he eventually did, he was quivering so much that the photo was very blurry. 😦
It really was a great family day, and tomorrow I’ll show you a few more pics of our time together.
I can’t believe you captured photos of the lions running after the meat truck. That would be a scary job!
Yes, not a job I’d want to do. 🙂
What a great experience being able to get up close and personal with the animals
We loved every minute of it. 🙂
WoW! These are impressive shots… Love the up closeness of it all. 😉
That’s what I love about our animal parks. The interaction is great, and you actually get to touch some of the animals too. 🙂
Giraffes really are funny looking 🙂
Hahaha. So are some people I see around. 😀 I’m sure that the giraffes think we’re really strange creatures too, with our short little necks et al.
That’s true 🙂
petting white lion cubs – must have been an unforgettable experience!
Yes it was. I’m sure Sienna will always remember that day. 🙂
Gosh but you get many comments!
Thanks for reminding me about the lion park we have not been there for AGES!
🙂 I’m sure you’ll make a plan to visit the lions when the weather warms up a bit.
What a “tale”!! It has everything…drama..suspense..a creepy leaper…frightened damsels in distress and a handsome hero! LOVED the beautiful animals 🙂
Hehehe. This is true Suzanne, and it even has illustrations. 🙂
Great photos. I love photographing animals at our zoo. I would not have been as quiet as you were at seeing that large cricket. Thanks for sharing your day with your family. Still trying to catch up.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. Glad you enjoyed the photos. It’s quite a task, catching up after one has been away. 🙂
Can you imagine if that cricket had got loose! Himself loves big cats and would dearly love to have one…..he must dream on! You have a very good looking famdamily.
I hate to think what mayhem would have ensued, SC. 🙂 The lions are adorable, both big and little. Being a Leo myself, I am a little biased. 🙂
I love those giraffe
Me too. They have such cute faces, don’t you think? 🙂
And those eyelashes!
My grandson has those eyelashes too. 🙂
Ooh, those lion cubs look adorable! The Giraffe too 🙂 Was this Sienna’s first time with these big cats?
Yes it was, Madhu. She was quite overawed by them. 🙂
Oh dear AD I wished to be there too, what an amazing place… Fascinated me. I want these big cats… Thank you, love, nia
You would just adore those little lion cubs, nia. 🙂
Those cubs are so cute. Hard to believe they will grow up and kill you 🙂
Well, hopefully not, Tilly. 🙂 I promise I’ll keep the car windows and doors tightly closed.
Just love the close ups of Mr G Raf 😉
Cute, hey? 🙂
All’s well that ends well 😉
Those white lions are so beautiful!! Was it at the Lion Park?
Aren’t they just. Yes it was at the Lion Park. We so enjoyed it there.
Great pics. Beside the wimps about a cricket! Eish you girls are such ……. girls 🙂
Hehehe. That’s why you love us. We make you feel brave and strong. 🙂
I want to visit a zoo like this one some time! Love the little lions! 🙂
Lovely pics AD and I am sure it was a great experience for Sienna! Look forward to further pics and visits!
Thanks so much, Gail. Yes, I’m sure Sienna will remember this visit to South Africa, for ever. 🙂
Giraffe pics are really cool!
Thanks, Desire. 😉
Thank you for sharing these photos with us 🙂 I would have screamed at seeing the cricket!
Glad I’m not the only one who’s irrationally freaked out by these tiny critters. 🙂
Fantastic pictures – I love the giraffe!!!
Funny story about the cricket. I remember hubby and I jumping out of the car when a very large hairy spider began to walk across the inside of the windscreen 😀
I would have been out of that car in a jiffy too. I wonder if insects are scared of us giants? 🙂
I swear it looked like it was going to jump at us – it didn’t look scared to me 😀
Can’t take any chances with spiders, Dianne. Little Miss Muffet was also frightened away. 🙂
Enjoy the virtual tour of the Lion Park! Thank you, AD!
You’re very welcome, Amy. It was a wonderful day. 🙂
I just want to cuddle those darling cubs and I’ve always loved meerkats -at least the ones I’ve seen in films. My pup reminds me of one when she walks around on her hind legs, or just poses standing up. I’ve never seen one in real life though. Lucky you and the kids!
They are very cuddly, although we were told not to touch the top of their heads. or their tails. I guess that like most babies, they too can get irritable. 🙂
The close up of the giraffe is hysterical. The cricket story equally funny. I would have freaked myself. I’m ok with them out in the open, but NOT in the confines of a car. YIKES!
I’m so glad that you had a few giggles at my cricket story. It didn’t seem funny at the time, but looking back, I can see the funny side. I bet our faces were a picture of terror personified. 😀
What does lion fur feel like? How loudly do they purr? Wooo = what a thrill to pet a lion cub!
The cub’s fur felt kind of coarse, but soft at the same time. I haven’t heard one purr. It was a beautiful experience indeed. 🙂
Lol, outdoors I wouldn’t mind the cricket but in a car ugh! I love the giraffe and your pied crow looks just like our magpies!
My sentiments exactly. I don’t like to be in a confined space with an ant, let alone a cricket. 🙂
Beautiful pictures at the Lion park…stunning!
Thanks so much, Lisa. 🙂
Fancy playing cricket on the way to Joeys!
The doggie does look wild about something, but the puddy tats are very cute.
Nice shot that of cousin Malcolm.
Hehehe. I’d rather not play cricket in the car. 🙂 Glad you liked seeing your cuz. When he eventually stood up, he was quivering so much, that the shot was all fuzzy. Very disappointing. 😦
Scared of a cricket?? I don’t believe you.
The lion cubs are too precious and I would love to see them.
I didn’t know that a giraffe’s face was so bumpy-looking.
The meerkat looks ready to jump at someone.
I just do NOT tolerate creepy crawlies. 🙂 Yes, you’re right about the bumpy-faced giraffe. Maybe it’s wrinkles under his fur. 🙂
I particularly love the photos of the lion cub and the giraffe. Looks as though you all had a great time – after you got over your cricketing episode, of course 😉
Thanks, Marianne. 🙂
I was wowed! I’ve seen these animals before,none so close (ok,the Giraffe,we few some once) only at Americanised zoo’s. Brought back some pleasant memories for me of the kids,thank you 🙂
Thanks, DC. Zoos just aren’t the same as the wildlife parks we have here. I’m pleased my post brought back good memories. 🙂
Great post. Love the up close and personal giraffe portraits. I am sure your family was wowed.
Thanks so much Ron. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
I knew it was a pied crow but confess I don’t recall ever seeing one on the High Veld. Have Mole Crickets (the dreaded Parkhurst Prawn) migrated to the coast??Jiminy Cricket doesn’t scare me at all, but am terrified of those really big, mean buggers!
Haven’t seen the Parktown Prawns here, but we don’t have a big garden, so I’m not sure if they might have migrated this far.
That’s exactly what it is (the bird)… Corvus albus the Pied crow…
Your Hyena is actually a wild dog, not trying to correct you but this is such a wonderful post, with magnificent photos… been there often and it always ends as such a lovely family outing… thanks for the share Dear… really wonderful…
Thanks so much,. I knew that you’d identify it immediately. 🙂 Thanks for spotting my hyena ‘oops’. I’m really such a city girl, not to know the difference. 😀 Glad you enjoyed my photos, bdt.