As our plane landed, all I could see was green around the dirt landing strip. Trees, bushes, and tall grass crowded my view of the jeep that would take us to the cabins.
We piled our duffel back in the back and drove off. Once my family – my parents, grandparents, uncle, and cousin – and I arrived, the managers and staff all welcomed us. Everyone was so friendly! They showed us around where we would be staying for the next week; the view from our cabin was breathtaking. We could walk out of our cabin and an elephant would be standing less than 15 feet away eating leaves in the cool shade of the tree. The morning after we had arrived and were all settled in, we went on a game drive. We did not go on these game drives to kill, just to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Therefore, a better word for me to use is safari.
Anyway, I must have taken at least a hundred pictures in that morning alone. In the week we stayed there we went on two safaris per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We saw lions, elephants, and giraffes, oh my! The elephants were so graceful, yet powerful at the same time. We saw a herd of 100 elephants all different sizes cross our path to get to a watering hole.
The giraffes were so tall and awkward, they reminded me of myself. Our first encounter with a lion was exciting and surprising. One morning, while driving around seeing what we could find, our guide, Benson, had told us how there were no crocodiles in the area. At least 5 minutes later, we passed a small lake and he pointed out a “crocodile”.
My family searched the water for it enthusiastically, saying they had seen it, while to me it was nowhere in sight. While looking for the crocodile, we had not noticed what our guide had stopped next to. On the opposite side of the jeep was a big male lion about 6 feet away taking a nap under an acacia tree. When we all turned to look, my grandmother just about jumped out of her seat but..