Friday, 31 August 2012

What the heck is a Dik Dik

So I have been asked by a number of friends and mostly with raised eyebrows.....What is a Dik Dik?  First off it is not spelt wrong and secondly get your mind out of the gutter!!!!
I am really shocked that more people don't know what is a Dik Dik!!!  Ok I will be honest, I had no clue what it was until a friend of mine pointed to a small deer like creature, while on Safari in Botswana, and stated so matter of factly "Oh there is a Dik Dik".  Ok so my reaction wasn't very lady like.  I glanced at the deer like creature and then turned and glanced at him and started giggling like a little girl!!!  It was like somebody said the word boobie in sex ed class.  I have sinced looked up the facts and definition of a Dik Dik and I will share the information so that your day will not be wasted and you will have learnt something new.

A dik-dik is a small antelope in the Genus Madoqua family that lives in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. Dik-diks stand 30–40 cm at the shoulder, are 50–70 cm long, weigh 3–6 kg and can live for up to 10 years. 

I also gave the blog site tittle this name as I figured no one was going to forget it.

15 days to go and again who is counting :-)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

17 days till we leave.....I am not counting days or anything!!  This is going to be my 5th trip back to Africa the continent that has caught my heart and imagination.  Who knew I would end up loving camping so much. Who wouldn't when you can watch a herd of elephants drink from the river underneath a brilliant full moon or listen to baboons as they party in the trees and this is all from the comfort of my very secure tent.  Really people nothing can get through those impenetrable tent walls.  Mom of course it is made of titanium. Don't anybody tell her I am lying!
This trip is taking us into Botswana where we will spend just over 2 weeks exploring the incredible national parks full of amazing and abundant wildlife.  I can't wait to slowly come around a bend in the road on an early morning, where the sun has barely risen above the horizon to find lions just lazing on the side of the road having finished off a full night feast of impala or zebra.  Don't worry I will stop the truck before I grab for my camera!!

Well wish us luck.....ok I am just hoping we don't end up as a snack for some hungry animal.