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IN THE WILD ( Re Post) Early one morning, we begin our drive, An awesome feeling as we arrive, At our camp gate which, opens At six o’clock, Now we are in the African bush Which, will unlock, Moments that we have missed and Remember from our last trip, and Treasures recorded by camera, some Happy, some bring a tear, With some we recall our fear, One should not get too near, For this territory is wild animal land, It would be a mistake to let a situation Get out of hand! The maximum speed allowed in The Kruger Park, Is 50 kilometers , but we slow Down to 30 and embark, On a weekend adventure we so love, Yesterday, I put our binoculars into the glove Compartment, we are ready to experience Africa’s wildlife Of which we never tire, My husband puts his hand On my knee, so proud I’m his wife! Suddenly we see a pride of lions, sprawled Across the road, We jostle with other cars, for a good view, And place ourselves advantageously. My heart is racing, they are my favorite To spot, The lions aren’t in a hurry to leave And nor are we, We make a mark on the map with a dot, As when we get back, Reception would like a report What animals and where they have been seen, We do not want to fall short! Abruptly a lioness, his majesty, king Of the park‘s queen, Stretches and disappears into the bush, Followed by two lionesses and one cub, I feel privileged to share this time With them, and quickly bring my camera up, For just across the road is a leopard With his kill, among some branches, My husband puts a finger to his mouth shhhhhhh, But I am so excited I can’t keep the The camera steady, Fortunately he has his set and ready! The leopard gets the jitters, senses my thrill And jumps down, Vanishes into Africa’s bush leaving his kill In the tree, Ingraining in us an unforgettable memory! He’ll be back, to finish off A small impala buck, Which the Leopard hauled up With exceptional ease, If you please! We have seen two of the big five, Are hungry, forgot our lunch, so drive Back to Berg-en-Daal, our camp Eat what I’d packed and take a short nap. The sun is scorching, the temperature is 41 degrees, Not even a breeze, Gratefully, our rondavel is cool thanks to air Conditioning and a thatched roof, We sleep like babies, knowing the fence Around the camp is absolutely full proof! We set our alarm for 14.00 hours, and leave Once again, Our morning trip was short, we were very lucky in Spotting of game. Our afternoon trip we plan to be longer, and Drive alongside a river, We stop, When we spot, Hippos and crocs, We zoom in, get a great shot, but the crocodile's Razor-like teeth and the hippo’s enormous jaws, Make me quiver, And shiver! We turn around, hear an elephant’s trumpet, Keep a good space between mom and calf, Certainly if we get between them it will Be no laugh! Amazed, we watch a dung beetle collecting and rolling, Elephant dung, He is laboriously pushing His prize, whilst his mate lays her eggs, In transit – she’s got it right, the male is the worker, In fact they are co-workers, she is no shirker! A green mamba slithers across, On a mission, glad we are in the car, Seeking to ambush a squirrel, wonder if The mamba will kill it, I think it’s cute, run Squirrel, far! Next, we see a buffalo, too close for Comfort, a loner, maybe dangerous, Prefer to keep our distance, not get too near Its wary eye, He’s a bad tempered guy! We cut short our afternoon trip and Decide to call it a day. Go to reception and extend our stay. We collect coals and wood at the Shop in the camp, go start our braai, Under a clear night sky, And see constellations of stars Imagining what it could be like To one day live on Mars! During the rest of our short stay, We see rhinos, And a pack of wild dogs who we Catch unawares. We park on the opposite side Of the track, And watch them as they Tear apart their Afternoon snack! If any meager remains are left, The vultures and hyenas will scavenge, And ravage, With savage Delight, Until, no morsel is left in sight. On our last day, we see two baboons Fighting, Quite horrific, it was quite a sighting A tad frightening! Our windows are open half way, A precaution As we travel with caution, A foul smell reaches our nostrils, a Kilometer away, we see upwards of 30 vehicles vying for a spot, An elephant carcass has been around for A while, 10 lions are having a feast, Oblivious of humans, his majesty graces This orgy of eating, The odour takes some beating, It was stinking, No animals will dare come near, The Lions want it all, There’s no competing! We were engrossed, Forget to look at the time, Two giraffes pass, We brake fast, They look alluring with their tall legs and Long sexy eyelashes, They stare at us, eyes trying to seduce, Us, but in fact all they’ve done, is reduce Our time to arrive at our gate, We make it through, will enjoy our Braai a little late. We light our fire, settle down Whilst meat grills, foiled potatoes crackle And the cob turns a golden brown, My husband says hush, don’t move, a Snake was creeping over my foot, I freeze, Did not move a muscle, Imagine if we had got into a tussle, I would certainly be the loser And the snake the abuser! This was our last night, We left early morning Had glorious weather and, one after the Other wonderful sighting, Just around the corner is another Unexpected exciting Surprise at the top of a tree, The best sighting my husband could wish To ever see, A Fish Eagle perched right at the top, Ready to swoop down and catch an Unsuspecting dung Beetle with his long and Sharp talons, Poor little chap, He was enjoying a casual stroll, Fate, catches up with him, he dies All because he is slow! We see herds of wildebeest, zebras And a few warthogs, And say au-revoir to the Park Which I compare, To an eternal Noah’s Ark. We travel back, get home late My husband whispers in my ear, The Kruger Park brings out the wild In me, Says he, He found me hotter, And an excellent spotter!

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Date: 5/15/2020 7:56:00 PM
What an exciting tribute to an awesome life altering trip. Well penned, Jennifer.
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/16/2020 3:21:00 AM
Thank you Line - it was awesome, and I took to the Wild immediately, no fears, but stay in the car or else! Blessings, Jennifer
Date: 11/15/2019 1:55:00 PM
What a glorious adventure! I was sitting on the end of my seat clenching my teeth during the big cat scene. Wow!
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/16/2019 5:39:00 AM
Caren, the big cats are a dream to see (not touch) a safe distance beween them and you in the safety of your car is just right, but when you see a pride of them the sensation of awe will never leave you, the same with elephants, but never too near, we never switch off the engine, always ready for a quick get away - a tourist was taken out about a year ago as she had her window open and was hanging out - signs everywhere, but guess they were ignored! Will visit you in a bit! Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/12/2019 3:09:00 PM
What a wonderful trip. I would love something like that. Great job. God Bless, JB
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/13/2019 4:46:00 AM
I'm sure you would Judy, It is an inside look at how the animals, live, feed, kill and die - just as we humans do - I sometimes think I would prefer living in the wild rather than in a concrete jungle! Thank-you for a lovely comment - hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/12/2019 12:41:00 PM
I am sorry, I thought of coming to visit sooner, but forget.. memory fails … I am glad I did, and adventure to enjoy... Hugs
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/12/2019 1:39:00 PM
Hi Eve, so happy you dropped by, lovely to have you visit, a real honor. Thank-you for a lovely comment and so glad you enjoyed our Kruger Park Adventure. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/12/2019 8:51:00 AM
WoW! what a Jenny journey lol...loved "My husband puts his hand On my knee, so proud I’m his wife!"...frisky fellow lol...great epic write Jenn...love ya babe...^WW^ :o)
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/12/2019 1:37:00 PM
He is rather, love it! Glad you enjoyed the journey through the Kruger National Park my friend - it is an unbelievable adventure for us every single visit! Hugs and blessings ^WW^ or Wingster, Jenster signing off!
Date: 11/12/2019 7:41:00 AM
You took me through the Park...What a lovely experience...A living place of ART...
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Date: 11/12/2019 1:33:00 PM
Arturo my friend it is pure magic to see the animals in their own habitat - I feel humbled to have this beautiful Park within reasonable travelling distance for us to frequently visit - but it is getting increasingly difficult for us to get in as tourists are flocking there and make block bookings a year in advance! Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/12/2019 7:08:00 AM
- Like living in the animal world, dear Jenny - Both exciting and scary :) - A wonderful adventure :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/12/2019 1:28:00 PM
Sunshine Smile, you would love it, it is the best adventure in the world! Thank-you for a lovely comment, Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/11/2019 3:23:00 PM
That was quite a journey through adventure..I felt like I was watching a movie on wild life..enjoyed the read, Jennifer
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Date: 11/12/2019 1:26:00 PM
Thank-you Vijay, when we visit the Kruger National Park, I am on a complete high, I savor every moment and must always see the CATS otherwise I feel so disappointed, they are the Kings and Queens of the park, pure royalty! Thank you for a great comments, Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/11/2019 2:52:00 PM
I remember this one... It's not a mere poem; it's a comprehensive travel guide for the adventurous. ~ Virtual traveler
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/12/2019 1:22:00 PM
We are spoiled I think, just pop over for a weekend to the Kruger Park - it is my favorite holiday or short break, would love to live closer, it takes about 3 and a half hours to get there from where we live! Thank-you Gershon a terrific comment. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
Date: 11/11/2019 1:14:00 PM
Excellence... Adventure harnessed, captured on film for a lifetime of viewing and renewing of every memory. God Bless your day. Wonderful write. So lovely. Ann
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 11/12/2019 1:16:00 PM
Ann, I have so missed commenting and receiving comments from you - you are so full of life and your poems are an absolute joy to read, well done again on your POTD. Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.