Elephant Herd in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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Seals and Penguins

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What a chilly start to the New Year: it is colder here than it was in the Antarctic at Christmas. This photo gallery is a bit of a change for me. You may be surprised to see penguins and seals in place of the usual lions and elephants: but note the elephant seals! We sat for hours watching tens of thousands of penguins in their colonies as they made their way from the sea to where they thought they left their mate or oversized-looking chick. See how they lean back on their heels at rest to try and cool down. I wish I had their thermal properties.
It is certainly a unique wilderness destination but I am no salty sea dog and look forward to my next short hop over to Africa. It is a two-day journey to reach the bottom of South America, where most ships depart from Ushuaia: then several days at sea before you next see land. A safari camp in Africa can be reached in less than 24 hours door-to-door, with no risk of sea-sickness!