Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A is for Aardvark, road trip game

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A road trip through a game reserve can be a nerve-wracking experience, 
especially with children in the vehicle.
“Are we there yet”? is replaced with “Why have we not seen any animals yet”?
In order to keep said occupants from causing bodily harm to each other,
 how about my Game Reserve version of the Alphabet Game?
Points can be given arbitrarily which might be safer than starting a contest

 
A is for Aardvark. 
1000 points for seeing this nocturnal mammal in daylight.

B is for Bateleur Eagle. 
Unfortunately no points as it has been renamed the short-tailed Eagle

C is for Chameleon. 
They have right of way when crossing the road.

D is for duck…
and I don’t mean the flying kind. 
I mean look out for low hanging tree branches

E is for Elephant. 
Although the largest land mammal, they are not called “grey ghosts” for nothing. 
They can appear and disappear in the blink of an eye

F is for frog. 
A Snoring Puddle Frog!
You might find one in your accommodation if you are lucky. 
You will definitely hear them at night.

 Picture supplied by Federal Air.
F is also for Federal Air, 
a charter air service that makes their passengers feel like celebrities! 
Use them if you feel the car journey would be too stressful. 

G is for giraffe. 
You cannot miss these, as they are very tall and 
tend to stare at you from a lofty height

H is for  Hyena...
No laughing matter.

 
Or Hippo.
One lives in water and the other doesn't. 
1000 points if you know the answer.

 
I is for Impala, 
also known as the McDonalds of the Bushveld 
and is prey species to everything including baboons.

J is for jackal.

K is for Kirkman’s Kamp. (Sabi Sands) 
This camp was the homestead of Harry Kirkman and used to be a cattle farm. 
It has been renovated and visitors can now relax in chalets 
that offer stunning views from private balconies. 
The main building contains memorabilia that includes a scoreboard for animal sightings.www.andbeyond.com


L is for Leopard. 
In Sabi Sands they are so plentiful that they will literally fall out of the trees
 in front of your camera, so be ready!

M is for monkey 
that you will find inside your room 
if you don’t keep the windows and doors closed.

N is for Nyala. 
The male looks like an old man in a raincoat. 
Only 500 points as they are a common occurrence

O is for Octopus. 
Any family member who spots one of these in a game reserve
 gets 10000 points.

P is for Pangolin. 
They are so unusual that most people who work in the bush 
get to see one every decade or so. 
100000000000 points  for a sighting

Q is for “QUIET” 
which is how you would like the car to be. 
100000 points if you can achieve this.

R is for River Lodge. (Sabi Sands) 
The dining/lounge offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
 It also allows guests to get up close and personal with some of the wildlife. 
Each chalet has its own pool and deck as well as a 
small lounge that is separate from the bedroom. 

S is for seal. 
You get the same points as Octopus if you find one in the bush!

T is for Tiger. 
100000000 points if you find one...

U is for ungulate. Meaning "being hoofed" or "hoofed animal" 
To stop arguments make sure you have Internet connectivity on your smartphone

V is for victory 
as you arrive at your destination

W is for Waterbuck…
Would you like to be a prey species with a target on your rump?

X is for X-ray vision.
 Often needed in order to see the animals that tend to hide.

Y is for YELLING 
when you see an animal of any description.

Z is for Zebra.
 Are they black with white stripes or vice versa?


And while everyone is concentrating on finding the “Big 5”, don’t forget the “Little 5”.
They are:
Ant Lion, Elephant Shrew, Buffalo Weaver, Leopard Tortoise and Rhinoceros Beetle
Before you know it, 
you will have arrived at your camp and can spend some time 
exploring outside the confines of your vehicle and away from each other.
This game can become as addictive as “10000000000 green bottles”. 
You have been warned

"Hamba kahle Kaya"
A safe journey to all.



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