|According to Jonathan, these vultures have stuffed themselves to the point were they can not fly. They will have two sit for several hours and digest the meat they have gorged themselves on before they can fly back to their homes.|
|Here is the Nambidi Reserve cafeteria. This is only a small portion of the impala we saw wandering over the side of the hill. We were surprised at how little our presence affected them. They did not seem to care if we were there or not.|
|Just as we drove around to where this lioness stopped to rest a wart hog ran out of the bushes. We were not able to get a picture of him. He ran then stopped and turned to look at us and the lioness, waited a bit then ran off into the brush.|
We stayed for about 20 or so minutes and then drove on down the road to see what we could see. And this is what we saw.
|These impalas where up on a hill above were the lions where sitting. It was quite interesting to see how still they stood as they observed the resting lions. They did not move a mussel. It was as if they could not help themselves to look at the goings on but they stayed at alert to assure they would not end up someones breakfast or lunch.|
|This is the oldest and largest of the three lions. They are brothers. born a few years apart.|
|Talk about lazy, after a long morning workout.|
|These lions stayed within a few yards of us most of the twenty or so minutes that we stayed and watched them. They were truly exhausted from their morning of trying to show who was boss. Some of the other senior couples got to see the lions roaring at each other and challenging each other for the position of dominate male.|
|Jonathon, told us that as long as we remained in the vehicle we would be fine but that we where not to stand up or get out of the vehicle. He said standing up made the lions nervous and getting out of the vehicle made us a |
prime candidates to become breakfast.
We traveled on down the road and came to the pond for a pit stop.
|From Left to right: Sister Zackrison and President Zackrison, Elder and Sister Sutherland, Sister and Elder Edington, Elder and Sister Carlile and Sister and Elder Jaeger. This pond is where the Hippos where the night before. We stopped to have hot chocolate and muffins and to take pictures. These are the wonderful people that shared this second game drive with us.|
|This is Jonathon, our driver and guide. I never realized what a big man he was until I stood next to him. He was an excellent guide. He did a very good job of finding the animals and making it a lot of fun for all of us.|
|These are our best friends here at Bloemfontein. They are Elder and Sister Carlile. They are the MLS (Member Leadership Support) missionaries and right hand people for President Zackrison. They are remarkable, hard working, caring missionaries. They are mom and dad to the young missionaries and are there to help solve all kinds of problems. They buy beds and furniture. They take missionaries to doctors appointments, feed them and make sure they get on the bus for transfers. They do just about everything that moms and dads do and then some. They are great examples of righteous servants.|
|This is Sister and President Zackrison, our Mission President and his wife. They are wonderful people with a huge job to do. They understand people and are very easy to get along with. They are real people who understand the need to get away and have a few days R and R. We are grateful for the opportunity they gave us to enjoy some time seeing what Africa is about.|
|This is Sister and Elder Jaegar. Sister Jaeger is the Sister that nearly ended up in Jonathon's lap when the rhino started to charge the land rover.|
We headed back to the lodge where we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and then had to leave so we could go see the cheetahs at the reserves chetah rescue compound. What an amazing experience. Thank you President Zackrison for the opportunity.