Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sodwana Bay and Tembe Elephant Park - South Africa

In South Africa we have our last school holidays, just before winter arrives, over the easter weekend. As usual we went to Sodwana Bay. I don't think I will ever tire of going there. The surroundings are just so beautifull.

This time we visited Tembe National Elephant Park on Easter Friday which is about 1hours drive from Sodwana. The park is situated on the border with Mozambique and has over 200 magnificent (and huge) elephants. There are also buffalo, lions, leopards and lots of antelope. A Magical Place!

The site we chose to have lunch. Isn't it just great to have lunch in such an unspoilt place?

One of the Tembe elephants. This one came VERY close. Everyone got a real fright with this huge elephant stroling up to our vehicle. In the end he just passed right next to us on his way to another water hole.

On Easter Sunday we drove south on the beach to a small bay for snorkling. The water is so clear you can just sit next to a rock and have your own private aquarium.

Just an idea of how huge the dunes are. They are covered with indiginous trees and shrubs and come right down to the beach.

And of course, the kids love the sea.


Sheila said...

wow!!! How lucky are you Dids! Awesome sights and of course such a beautiful girl....

L.Holm said...

Dids, these are amazing pictures! What a miraculous place to vacation and to live. Wow! That tree is something, and elephants, and the ocean....what fun!

Deirdre said...

Hi Sheila. Yes we are very lucky, it is a beautifull place.

Deirdre said...

Hi Liz. South Africa is a beautifull country with a variety of different landscapes. From tropical beaches on the east coast to desert conditions on the west coast. Amazing.