Molly has some beautiful photos she has tried to share too, but he it's been frustrating for her to post. And McKay, if you're reading this, the kids have both written answers to your questions, but the internet quit and both replies are lost in cyberspace. We'll try again later today.
Oh, and now that I've just written this, I see Barry also found a good internet connection in the lobby and has written a similar post at the same time. Sorry for being redundant.
The most impressive encounters we've had are with animals that we can see living their normal life, which usually means eating as that's what they do the most.
Our first half hour study of animals was with two black rhinos. They simply grazed along a roadside ditch, but it was amazing to see these prehistoric looking animals in the wild. I've always felt uncomfortable about the lifestyle of animals in regular zoos (that they are imprisoned in small spaces for human pleasure), so seeing animals free to roam in the place they were born, is truly beautiful and peaceful. In fact, it was rather emotional.
So I was feeling happy until I saw an interactive map indicating where people had seen some of the rare animals in the park that day, and I learned that they don't post rhino sightings so that the map doesn't assist potential poachers. Upon entry to the park our car was searched for weapons: upon exit of the park our car was searched for animal parts. That was also emotional to think about.
Later in the day we saw white rhinos lazing in the sun. There are two kinds, north and south white rhinos, we saw the southern ones, which are less endangered. Molly seemed very interested in learning the distinctions between the two colours. It was fun to see her becoming a little expert.
Giraffes glide through the bushes with such grace - kind of like their floating.
In short, it was very fun to see the animals interacting with one another. We had to leave them as we were blocking the one-lane bridge with our car. But before we could leave, we saw this croc enjoying the cool flow of the river.