Thursday, April 1, 2010

the Lion Park near Pilanesberg March 2010

On our way out of Pilanesberg, Palma overwhelmed us even further with a visit to a lion park very near a hotel where we had lunch. The lion park had lions of all sizes to see: we stared at a lovely male with a tremendous mane lounging in the shade with three (or four?) gorgeous females.

But the thrill in the lion park, for me, was entering the area where young lions are kept for petting and pictures. And of course, I have never been this close to a lion before.

Lovely shot of both Liz and Emily holding a baby lion. He seemed a bit grumpy (and squirmy!) so I passed. He didn’t like being petted either:

Me: Aaaaaaaaaahhhh. Lovely kitty.

S/he: I’m not a damn kitty!

Me: You’re right!

S/he: I’m a LION.

Me: You most certainly ARE A LION.

Playing with lions after a day of jaw-dropping beauty. I’m a lucky girl.




  1. I'd have made sure it was post-lunchtime before I went in there. You look lovely in there with the little cub. I want more details of this experience!

  2. Hello my fellow Peace Corp Volunteer. I hope this message finds you well. My name is Farfum Ladroma and I am an education volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. I am writing to you all today because I need your help! My students and I at GPS MATAMAKA (an outer-island Government Primary School in Vava’u) are pursuing a “POSTCARD PROJECT.” I am asking for other PCVs outside of Tonga to please send us a postcard from your host country. We are trying to collect as many postcards from around the world, especially in countries where Peace Corps is currently operating. This project will help enhance my student’s understanding of other cultures and share what Peace Corps volunteers do all across the globe. I will keep a running list of all the postcards received with their origin on my blog at: You may check if your postcard successfully makes it to Tonga. This will be a great cultural exchange for everyone involved and a lot of fun. Please help out if you can and tell everyone you know (even your friends and families back home)! I would greatly appreciate your participation. Thank you very much and malo ‘aupito mei Tonga.
    Please send postcards to:
    c/o Peace Corps
    P.O. Box 136
    Neiafu, VAVA’U

    -Farfum (aka Feleti)

  3. Hello Farfum, glad to hear from you. Will send a postcard as well as help spread the word of your project's collection. Would love to hear more of you and of Tonga!

  4. Deanna, yes, post-lunchtime.

    Actually, another family was in the enclosure with us. The family included a young boy. Mommy wanted son to go stand in the corner with the three oldest lions for a picture. Son, intuiting the keen interest in him by the three lions older lions objected tearfully.

    One of my companions commented, "She's throwing her son to the lions." Indeed.