Hippos, warthogs, and zebras are a few of the animals I snapped shots of while we went on our first African Safari at Kruger National Park.

The elusive 'Big Five' is what people want to see when they go on safari. Martha Stewart was in Cape Town while we were there (didn't happen to spot her) and she boasted about how she saw the big 5 on her twitter account - but we think she's a cheater because she went to a private game reserve.

Once we arrived in Kruger, we were just happy to be amongst all of the wildlife in their natural habitat and would get excited just seeing a colorful bird... but, after the first day, we were on a mission. 'The Big Five' includes: water buffalo, African elephants, leopards, rhinoceros, and, of course, the lion.

The giraffe isn't part of the big 5 but I just like this picture that we took on the first day. There were so many - grazing, walking by our car, and just being giraffe-y.

If I showed you all the pictures I took during our five days there, this would become an animal blog. So, I've decided to condense things to our favorite experiences. Thanks to everyone who follows along and for all your nice comments - I hope you'll enjoy the upcoming photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! - Mina

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  1. Bah - Martha...

    Can't wait to see all the pictures!

  2. When I was in Africa I saw all but the leopard. :( The giraffes were my fave. And the baby elephants.

  3. cool! cant wait to see the zebras!

  4. that is amazing picture. Your blog is making me and my love want to take off and travel...

  5. Giraffes are my favorite, so I really LOVE this picture. It's beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

  6. What a handsome fellow!!
    I still can't get over the fact that you got to experience a real jealous!

  7. I love all your animal photos so far! So gorgeous.

  8. Amazing! I love all of your safari photos, makes me so jealous!