Literally all we did today was go on a game drive. We saw a giraffe! And two hippos and a bunch of impalas and a zebra! I also showered, which sounds small but counts as a major accomplishment because I've been so scared to shower since my last icy cold experience. So two great things!
I'll let a few photos speak for themselves, but otherwise say that our van picked us up from school at 10am for a 10am tour a half an hour drive away (really getting used to time being more flexible here), and our "2-hour" tour ended at 1:30pm. And then lunch at the reserve restaurant lasted until 4pm, so we essentially got back from a 2-hour tour after 6 hours. Not that I'm complaining—it was awesome. Made especially great by comments such as "Can we pet it?" (a joke, I think) and "MY WHITE SHORTS!!" (Jazil). We did have an issue at the restaurant when we weren't sure about tipping etiquette, and I don't think we handled ourselves in the classiest of ways. But now we know. And following the game drive and lunch/the entire day, Heba and I went to Choppies for granola bars (officially giving up on 6am breakfasts), everyone had dinner in the dining hall, and then the interns came back to our room to continue the struggle that is planning our trip to the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.
But without further ado...here's what we saw today:
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Suuper grateful for the 70-300mm lens I last-minute purchased before leaving. I was a bit nervous about this game drive being my first time testing out the new lens, but that long focal length was so necessary to get any decent shots, since we were literally driving through thick, thick bush (very different from how I pictured most safaris).
That's all for now—wifi is cutting in and out and HORRIBLY slow today (took forever to upload these photos), or else I'd write some more about how the game drive worked. More later!