Today, March 3, 2018, is World Wildlife Day, which recognizes endangered species around the world. Last summer, DMNH’s Events and Rentals Coordinator Alexis Camac visited Africa for a photo safari, where she was able to see some of these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Here’s her story, and some of the photos she took:

“After two long days of travel, we landed in Johannesburg, stayed overnight in Pretoria, and the next morning headed to the Mongena Game Lodge on the Dinokeng Game Reserve. There we experienced an ultralight flight, seeing wildlife from an aerial view, and a 6 a.m. safari drive.

On the third day, we went to the farm we would be staying at for the remainder of the trip,  located in the Northern Limpopo Province between Lephalale and Thambazimbi.

The closest town in any direction was an hour away, leaving us the opportunity to connect with the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Some of the animals we saw were impala, gemsbok, kudu, warthog, waterbuck, giraffe (my favorite), wildebeest, rhino, and many more. We also found hippo and leopard tracks.

Some of the activities we did on the farm included canoeing, hiking, game drives, bird watching, a pontoon ride down the river, and cooking South African traditional foods. We did a few excursions outside of the farm; including an Elephant Interaction in Bela-Bela. Their mission is:  to increase awareness of the conservation issues facing wildlife and conservationists in a modernizing Africa; to inspire, awe, joy and interest in the elephant; and to promote understanding that wildlife needs to have a value in order for it to survive.

That reminded me of part of DMNH’s mission: to investigate nature and science and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery.

From Africa to Delaware, we have a common goal in mind, to inspire present and future generations to care for our world and the nature in it. Until next time, South Africa…” – Alexis