As soon as Stanley parked the Land Rover, I got my first glimpse of wildlife: a trio of warthogs grazing as peacefully as pet rabbits about three feet away from the open reception room door.
As hogs go, I think they’re rather cute. Still, I wouldn’t want an angry one chasing me. I kept my distance.
And this, my friends, is what a 10x zoom is good for.
Not as exciting as elephants, but it was pretty cool nevertheless. And my, what long eyelashes you have.
Dorm rooms at the Mole Motel.
The motel was a squatty cement block of institutional ugliness in the beautiful wilderness. What a crime! The single rooms were taken, so I ended up with a three-bed dorm room all to myself.
The one amenity at the Mole Motel is a sparkling pool right next to the dining area which I couldn’t wait to get into. But for the moment, that would have to wait.
The view from the escarpment on which the Mole Motel is built.
And then I saw my first elephant in the wild. I barely managed to get one shot off before he disappeared back into the bush. But even with the 10x zoom, this is all I could get. He was that far away. No? You don’t see him?
How about now? The nice thing about shooting at the highest resolution is you can crop and blow up parts of a photo, and it’s almost as if you had a longer zoom. It wasn’t until I did that that I could see the elephant’s tusk.
Anyone who comes to the park with a four wheel drive vehicle can take a driving safari. You only have to pay a fee, and you must be accompanied by a park ranger. There are walking tours, also, but as my idol Mae West used to say, never walk when you can drive.