Zeb the Duck Continues Exploring South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Welcome back.   I am still showing you what I discovered in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.   Chris is our guide and driver in the part, and Samson is our guide and driver outside the park.   Samson got us at our hotel and will return us there tonight.   Rhinos are really huge.

Rhinos

Rhinos

Rhinos are endangered because they are poached, or killed illegally.   Chris says that if the current rate of rhino poaching continues, Kruger many not have any rhinos in 3-5 years.   That would be sad.   The rhinos are poached, or killed, for the horn on their nose.   These elephants are really close to us.

Elephants are really close

Elephants are really close

Mom let me sit on the vehicle to see them.   We are really close now.   Cape Buffalo are also in Kruger National Park.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

So big and their horns are against their head, rather than in the air like animals that live by me.   Always something different to see and learn.   I love to travel and learn.   Another fabulous zebra.

Love the zebra

Love the zebra

This rhino crossed the road right in front of our vehicle.

Rhino crossed in front of our safari vehicle.

Rhino crossed in front of our safari vehicle.

So big and so massive.   OK, this is what the humans have been looking for.

First lion sighting for Zeb the Duck

First lion sighting for Zeb the Duck

This lion just finished breakfast and is relaxing and enjoying the shade of this tree.   He is majestic!  This giraffe is resting also.

Giraffe at rest

Giraffe at rest

Even lounging on the ground, he is very tall.   The monkey also wanted a snack.

Monkey

Monkey

We saw many large elephants.

Elephant

Elephant

This one is also eating.   Elephants are vegetarians, so they eat most of the day.   Remember the kudu from Chobe Park in Botswana?

Kudu. Love those twisted horns

Kudu. Love those twisted horns

Here is another kudu.   The twisted horns are very distinctive.   We admire those horns.   OK, mom said I should put this photo in here.   I am not sure. This is droppings from a hyena.

From the hyena. Much calcium

From the hyena. Much calcium

The hyena eats many bones and his droppings are almost all calcium.   Chris told us that.   The giraffe also wanted a snack.

Giraffe enjoying a snack

Giraffe enjoying a snack

I love to see giraffes eating leaves.   The are so tall and regal.   We stopped at the lodge on the river and I enjoyed the view.

View of the river in Kruger National Park

View of the river in Kruger National Park

There are hippos in that river also.   We are heading to the exit of Kruger Park, but look at this.

Elephants by the river in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephants by the river in Kruger National Park, South Africa

These elephants by the river could be an advertisement for Kruger Park.  And about elephants.   You know they are very big and they can do what they want.

This elephant is king of the road

This elephant is king of the road

There were three large elephants in the middle of the road, stopping traffic from each direction.   They are close to us and so much in charge of the situation.   We loved watching them before we left the park to go back to our hotel in Maputo, Mozambique.   This was my last African safari for this trip, so I, Zeb the Duck, am very happy that we saw so many wonderful wild animals.   We hope you go on an African safari.   The animals are so majestic.   I love safaris.

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Zeb the Duck Visits Kruger Park in South Africa

This morning Samson picked us up really early.   We are driving to Kruger National Park in South Africa for the day.   Driving, the sun came up and we reached the border between Mozambique and South Africa.

Immigration point between countries

Immigration point between countries

We cleared immigration to leave Mozambique and then cleared immigration to go into South Africa.   Minutes later we enter Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This is our safari vehicle.

Ready for a safari.

Ready for a safari.

I am ready to find big animals.  As you know, I, Zeb the Duck, have been on safaris so I know that I stay in my traveling bag or sit on the vehicle seat most of the time.   Our first animals are impalas.

Impalas

Impalas

Chris, our guide, says there are more than 150,000 impalas in Kruger Park.   That is a lot!   These hippos know we are here.

Hippos. Always watching

Hippos. Always watching

They are watching us.   Guinea Fowl or Guinea Hens are rather plentiful and they have a beautiful blue neck and head.

Guinea Fowl or Guinea Hen

Guinea Fowl or Guinea Hen

This is a brown snake-eagle.

Brown Snake Eagle

Brown Snake Eagle

Glad he wants to eat brown snakes, and not yellow ducks.   I love zebras.   Look at this one.

Zebra

Zebra

I believe this is a Burchel Zebra.   They crossed the road directly in front of our safari vehicle.

Zebras. The crossed right in front of us!

Zebras. The crossed right in front of us!

I love to see big animals this close.   Chris showed us this owl.

Big eyed Owl

Big eyed Owl

He sure has big eyes.   This bird with a bright red neck caught my eye.

Bird with bright red neck

Bird with bright red neck

We love birds, but I prefer big animals on safari.   Here is a warthog.

Warthog

Warthog

Warthogs are rather plentiful also, but I, Zeb the Duck, love to watch them.

Warthogs grazing

Warthogs grazing

They eat a lot and often.   The top tusks are not very sharp, but the bottom tusks are very sharp.   Don’t you just adore giraffes?

Giraffe

Giraffe

Mom and I really like to see them.   This is an animal we have not seen yet.

Blue Wildebeest or Gnu

Blue Wildebeest or Gnu

Chris says this is a Blue Wildebeest.   He also calls it a gnu.   We are seeing so many animals and I want to show them all to  you, so I will finish this next time.   We don’t want these posts to get too long.   Remember, next time, more big animals.

Fish Market in Maputo, Mozambique with Zeb the Duck

Isaac met us at the hotel entrance and we are going to the fish market today.   I, Zeb the Duck, have never been to a fish market.   Isaac finds a taxi for us.

Taxi

Taxi

I like this little one.   Driving out of town, I love the painted cement on the side of the road.

Great painting by road

Great painting by road

The photo was taken from the taxi, and guess mom got a mirror reflection in the upper right corner.   Typical ocean scene here, with a boat, a man to the left watching the water, and a bird flying overhead.

Approaching fish market

Approaching fish market

Watching the water is so relaxing for ducks and humans.   We have arrived at the fish market.   Going inside, I see that there are fish of many types, sizes, and colors.  Let’s start with shrimp.

Fresh shrimp

Fresh shrimp

Large, fresh shrimp look tempting.   But look at these fish.

Colorful fish

Colorful fish

The color variation is great, but guess when they are cooked, the color is not important.   And the bright blue catches my eye.

Bright blue

Bright blue

So many choices.   What to do with these fish?   There are many restaurants here.

So many restaurants here

So many restaurants here

Humans can purchase a fish and the restaurants will cook it as you request.   We did not know that.   We sat here, ordered grilled fish and waited.   Soon the fish arrived.   On the left is our taxi driver.   On the right Isaac and mom are looking at the fish.

Humans, ready to eat

Humans, ready to eat

All humans are ready to eat.   We have three whole fish.

The whole fish

The whole fish

And I mean whole fish.   At home they don’t bring us the fish heads.   But here they are.   We see something new every day.   Lunch was delicious.   I am sitting here with the Indian Ocean behind me.

Beach at fish market

Beach at fish market

Boats are in the water and a human is walking on the beach.   I could sit here for hours.   But, we have to go now.   Along the road near the fish market, we could buy more fish from this lady.

More fish

More fish

Or maybe coconuts from this gentleman?

Coconuts for sale

Coconuts for sale

Very tempting, but we do not have a kitchen in our motel room.    I enjoyed this drive along the water.   Love the fishing boat.

Fishing boat

Fishing boat

Of course palm trees always make my vacation better.

Palm trees

Palm trees

The people of Maputo work very hard, but the atmosphere here is calm today.    We hope you visit Maputo and also have a great experience.

Colorful Colorado in the Autumn 2016 with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

The days are getting shorter.   The nights are getting colder.   It is time to go to the mountains to see the gold among the pines.   Yesterday we drove Highway 285 southwest from Denver to Kenosha Pass.   This is a favorite fall viewing area for changing leaves.   On the way, we stopped to see this river.

North Fork of the South Platte River

North Fork of the South Platte River

This is the north fork of the South Platte River.   We are ducks, so we love water.

North Fork of the South Platte River

North Fork of the South Platte River

The mountain and changing aspen are also beautiful.   This greeted us as we neared the summit of Kenosha Pass.

Kenosha Pass in the autumn

Kenosha Pass in the autumn

Wow!   We love the pine trees mixed in with the aspen, now some green, some red, some orange, and most are vibrant yellow.   Here we are, sitting on the car, looking across a wet area.

It was too windy for us, but we saw everything from inside the car.

It was too windy for us, but we saw everything from inside the car.

This will be our last photo here.   It is windy and we blew off the car.   Lucky for us, mom chased and found us.   Such beautiful colors, but for only a short time.

Colors and fence in foreground

Colors and fence in foreground

Leaves change colors when they die, so they will blow off the trees; rain and snow will also pull them to the ground.   This is a great hiking road in a campground.

Hiking in campground

Hiking in campground

This is a wonderful place to camp, enjoying the Colorado colors.   Every direction you look, you see so many aspens in their fall colors.

Such color

Such color

The roads had lots of traffic and the parking areas were almost full.

Many enjoying Colorado colors

Many enjoying Colorado colors

But hiking wasn’t crowded at all.

Hiking this beautiful day.

Hiking this beautiful day.

It is nice to see so many people enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful fall colors.   On the television and in the newspaper, many long time photographers said that this is an exceptional year for leaves.   Our aspen do not have the big leaves or the bright reds of the maple trees in other parts of the country, but our small leaves shimmer in the sunlight and look beautiful with the green pine trees, granite mountains and the Colorado blue sky.   For a short time the aspens are orange and red also.   This was a treat to see the group of red aspen by the road.

Red aspen

Red aspen

We love to see the changing leaves in the fall.   We hope you enjoy the changing colors in  your area also.

Zeb the Duck is in Maputo, Mozambique, but Now What??

I, Zeb the Duck, am in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in southern Africa.   My hotel is nice and centrally located.

Hotel Maputo in Maputo, Mozmbique

Hotel Maputo in Maputo, Mozambique

But, there are no tourist offices, no tourist maps and no tourist information in sight.   So, mom and I head out and are greeted by vendors.   Persistent, but friendly, vendors.   We do not want to shop today, just look around and get oriented.   We head downhill, hopefully toward Maputo Bay.    Must be a government building?

Government building

Government building

This statue is of Marechal Samora Moises Machel, the first president of the Republic of Mozambique.

First president of the Republic of Mozambique

First president of the Republic of Mozambique

And here are the friendly, persistent vendors.   Still no shopping today.   We wander a little more, not sure where we are heading and what we are seeing.   A park, older homes, and our friendly, persistent vendors.   So, mom talks to Isaac, one of the vendors.   He is friendly and persistent, and we like him.   He agrees to be our tour guide today.   This is so much better.   I, Zeb the Duck, like Isaac, and he speaks a little English.   Mom wasn’t a very good tour guide here.   Isaac takes us to The Fort.   A short walk and we are here.

The Fort

The Fort

Inside is a garden and small museum.   I love the statues.   Here I am on a horse.

Love statues of humans on horses--and a duck

Love statues of humans on horses–and a duck

This wagon is great also.

Wagon

Wagon

This fort was build by the Portuguese in the mid 19th century, near the site of an earlier fort.   Portugal colonized Mozambique and the official language is Portuguese.   However, like many places in Africa, people speak a few tribal languages first, then learn the official language left by the Europeans.   These people speak many languages.   Here I am, sitting comfortably with Isaac, our guide, watching me.

Isaac is watching me.

Isaac is watching me.

Inside one of the small rooms of the small museum, I rest on the sealed carved wooden coffin of Ngungunhane, the final ruler of the famed kingdom of Gaza.

Wooden coffin

Wooden coffin

The Kingdom of Gaza, 1824-1895, dominated southeast Africa in what is now southern Mozambique, southeast Zimbabwe, and parts of South Africa.     The coffin lid carving is beautiful.

Carved coffin lid

Carved coffin lid

More wonderful carving on these wall panels.

Carvings

Carvings

More statues with me, Zeb the Duck.

Sculptures

Sculptures

And statues on wall panels.

Sculptures

Sculptures

This fort was well guarded.

Every fort needs canons.

Every fort needs canons.

Attacks from the water were always a very real threat.   This fort is on Maputo Bay which goes into the Indian Ocean.   Leaving The Fort, you can see that Maputo Bay, and the Indian Ocean are right here.

Leaving the Fort, Maputo Bay sparkles in the sun.

Leaving the Fort, Maputo Bay sparkles in the sun.

Mom and Isaac agree to meet again tomorrow morning at our hotel, and he will show us more of the Maputo area.   I am so glad she decided to hire Isaac.

Last Minute Shopping in Zimbabwe with Zeb the Duck

Well, this is our last morning in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.   We love this town and, of course, we love the waterfalls.   Our hotel was near an indoor craft market and an outdoor craft or curio market.

Elephant's Walk Shopping Village next to our hotel

Elephant’s Walk Shopping Village next to our hotel

This sign is for the indoor market.   But, look what else humans can do here.

Crocodile Cage Diving??

Crocodile Cage Diving??

I am glad mom did not try this.   I don’t think this is the crocodile that would be a diving partner.

I like this crocodile

I like this crocodile

I do like this crocodile though.   Isn’t this the most colorful rhino you have ever seen?

New kind of rhino

New kind of rhino

It is a first for me, but in the middle of National Parks and game preserves, this rhino seems right at home.   I even made a new friend here.

I always find new friends

I always find new friends

I have seen so many hippos in the water, but now I can sit on this one.

Friendly hippos

Friendly hippos

Inside this market there are many nice craft stores and there is even a Fed Ex office here if you want to purchase items too large for you suitcase.   We did not.   Also inside there are various small market areas and individual stands.   The cloth is for Chitenges.

Chitenges

Chitenges and more

Chitenges are the cloth women buy and then wrap to make skirts.   We think the material is very pretty, but we did not purchase any.   We are waiting for our taxi to the airport, so we go outside.   This vendor was very nice.

My friend, the vendor

My friend, the vendor

He even asked mom to put me on some items for photos.    Our taxi is here so the suitcase goes in and so do we.  We are back at the Zimbabwe airport in Victoria Falls.

Back to the Zimbabwe airport in the city of Victoria Falls

Back to the Zimbabwe airport in the city of Victoria Falls

Inside this aerial view of Victoria Falls is nice.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls. Nice picture

Aerial view of Victoria Falls. Nice picture

We have plenty of time until our flight leaves.   We do a little more shopping.   Mom likes the shops here and we purchase more souvenirs.    Then we enter the small restaurant in the airport.   Even the chairs have African wild animals.

Small restaurant in this small airport

Small restaurant in this small airport

Look at this menu.

There it is. Crocodile Burger

There it is. Crocodile Burger

Crocodile burger?   We ask the waitress about it and she says it is good.   And, of course, it tastes like chicken.   We have never had a crocodile burger; never have seen it on a menu either.   Mom has eaten crocodile nuggets in South Africa and crocodile appetizers, almost like shoe string potatoes in Denver, but never a burger.   So, we order the crocodile burger.

Crocodile burger

Crocodile burger

It is very good, and it does taste like chicken.   However it is much more dense or heavy than chicken.   We liked it, but we may never see it again on a menu.   And for the curious, the official currency of Zimbabwe is the US Dollar, so yes, we did pay $15 for a crocodile burger.   Our flight is called now, so next time we will be in Mozambique.   More adventures to come.

Victoria Falls from Zambia with Zeb the Duck

Our time at Victoria Falls is almost over, so today we will walk to Zambia to see the falls from that side of the river.      We passed Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park and walked to Zambia.

Into Zambia

Going Into Zambia

Since we were exiting one country and entering another, we stopped for immigration in each country and paid a fee to visit the destination country.  We stop often to view Victoria Falls from Victoria Falls bridge.

Victoria Falls from Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls from Victoria Falls Bridge

Isn’t it beautiful?  Victoria Falls Bridge is famous.

Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls Bridge

The span of the arch is 158 meters.   The bridge is 128 meters above the Zambezi River at low water.   And, this Victoria Falls Bridge is one of only a few bridges in the world that carries road, rail and pedestrian traffic.   And has great views of Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls from Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls from Victoria Falls Bridge

Just inside Zambia, we see this statue of Dr. David Livingstone.

150th anniversary of first European to see Victoria Falls, Dr. David Livingstone

150th anniversary of first European to see Victoria Falls, Dr. David Livingstone

This statue, dedicated November 16, 2005, commemorates the 150th anniversary  of the first sighting of Victoria Falls by a European.   Dr. Livingstone reached Victoria Falls November 16, 1855.   We enter Zambia’s National Heritage Conservation Commission area.

Zambia's National Heritage Conservation Commission

Zambia’s National Heritage Conservation Commission

We purchase our ticket and rent another raincoat.   This is a view of the Victoria Falls bridge from inside the park area.

Victoria Falls bridge from Zambia

Victoria Falls bridge from Zambia

We follow the path along the falls, delighting in each view of Victoria Falls.   We will cross this foot bridge, but see how wet it is.

Walk over this bridge. Spray from falls keeps everything and everybody wet.

Walk over this bridge. Spray from falls keeps everything and everybody wet.

The mist and spray from Victoria Falls is very strong.    This is Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Isn’t it spectacular?   We love rainbows and water, so this is perfect for us.   These waterfalls are beautiful and we are captivated by them.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Leaving the park, we like this sign.

Reminder that malaria is a real threat

Reminder that malaria is a real threat

Malaria kills many people.   We take our daily pills and use mosquito netting.   We hope all people in Africa use the mosquito netting also.   We bought a couple t-shirts and are carrying them in a bag.   As we cross Victoria Falls bridge to return to Zimbabwe, we see this baboon on the bridge.

Our baboon

Our baboon

He is coming to us.   What???  He runs to mom, jumps up and grabs the t-shirt bag.   He rips the bag, but then leaves the bag and us because there is no food in the bag.   No one is hurt, but we are certainly surprised.   Is this an almost baboon attack?   These baboons are really friendly.   That was a new experience and a great story to tell our friends at home.   Looking at the waterfalls, we recognize the foot bridge we crossed in the park.

Our foot bridge from Victoria Falls Bridge

Our foot bridge from Victoria Falls Bridge

While we walk across the bridge, a train, Pride of Africa, is also crossing the bridge.

Train, Pride of Africa, going over Victoria Falls Bridge

Train, Pride of Africa, going over Victoria Falls Bridge

This is our last full day at Victoria Falls.   We really wish we had more time, but we have plane reservations and hotel reservations in Mozambique.   If you visit Victoria Falls, we know you will love it.