Our last days spent in Africa were on safari. If you're going to fly 15+ hours on a plane, you might as well get to see some wildlife while you're there.
After going through the border and getting our passports stamped, we eventually reached the gate to the game reserve.
Our group heading to check in, you can see the tops of the "cabins"
The Daddy, me, Ken, Jamie, Jenifer and Barrett
The thatched roof! THICK!
Jenifer and me on the coolest giraffe couch
Light fixture in the bathroom
This fellow walked by our room to get to the water hole.
Viewing area at the water hole
Our group for a late lunch outside, Pastor Norman at the head of the table
Getting ready to eat GOURMET food in the middle of nowhere!
Me heading up the path to our cabin, getting ready to head out on our first ride into the savannah
First we ran into these two brothers.
This boy stood up to check out the noise coming from the neighboring water hole.
After the herd, we had a "sundowner." Meats, cheeses and drinks for an appetizer to dinner in the middle of the savannah!
Our favorite drink on safari, the Grapetiser~not available in the US
Our mission team at sunset
After the sun crept behind the hills, we ran across a herd of elephants. The ride was too bumpy to get a good shot with not much light.
Then later, we ran across this guy and his friend asleep in the road. These were the older couple of lions who used to rule until the younger brothers we saw earlier pushed them out of dominance.
Our guides shined the headlights on them for pictures, and we eventually had to go off-road to get around them.
It became very dark, very quickly so we headed back for showers and dressed for dinner.
Then our next gourmet meal was served:
We wondered, "Will we ever see them again?"
Potty break while waiting on the guides to return
Dung~not related to previous potty break
Footprints in the earth
Never got to see the lionesses, but enjoyed some more time back at camp and found a few other forms of wildlife:
Mandela was made entirely of teeny, tiny beads!
Are any of you still here?
The flight back was surreal. I find it amazing that less than a year ago, I had never been on a mission trip. Now I'm wondering where we'll go next. Our new church (yes, I think we've settled on one!) does work in Africa, so it may be only a matter of time before we head out again.
In the meantime, my mission is my children, my neighbors and community and YOU!