June 11th

This trip wasn’t all work; the adventure included a trip to Gorongoza National Park — a game park in Mozambique. I’d never been to a park before in Africa and was really looking forward to the opportunity to see something wild. Alas, the park is just being renovated from years of poaching during the civil war and we weren’t able to see any of the elephant, zebra or lion. We did, however, see a vast variety of other animals that had me swooning. Baboons, civet cat, storks…

antelope beauties

Antelope galore!

Water Buck, straight on

Water buck — which have a perfect white circle around their hineys. Rumor has it they were the first animals on Noah’s arc to use the toilet and the paint wasn’t yet dry.

warthogs playing in the bush

Warthog, with their tails standing straight up like antennae when they run.

Rondovels at Gorongoza

The rondavel where we stayed. I felt like I was in a movie, the setting was so perfect!

ken and Debbie

Ken and Debbie, my friends who live on a ranch near the park.

how we got around the park, the Lion House, Gorongoza

How we got around the park. Technically, we aren’t supposed to be out of the vehicle because of the lions.

elephant skull

Elephant skull, with teeth the size of walnuts.

An African Sunset, Gorongoza

More colors in a sunset than seem possible.

Greg Carr, an American philanthropist, is spending $40 million to rejuvenate the park. His work is incredible. Essentially, he found a perfect opportunity to use his money to improve the earth and help people. His investment is returning animals to their habitat and growing a tourism economy in one of the poorest areas of the world. He’s got a team of American and international scientists and workers in the park working on all kinds of programs, including many to help villages surrounding the park. It made me proud such a generous American was doing such great work in Mozambique.
Maybe I’ll work for him one day.


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24 Responses

  1. that skull! your pictures belong in magazines.

  2. is mr. carr single??? 😉

  3. Hello Kelli,
    Welcome home! I’ve enjoyed reading your most recent travel posts and looking at all of the pictures over and over again. How heartwarming that someone is investing in the park. I love visiting this corner of the world through your eyes and words. Thank you!

  4. Those are fabulous pictures!

  5. 😀 Man that looks incredible! I’m sure glad you didn’t get eaten by a lion though when you got out of the truck!! 🙂

  6. only a blogger would brave the lions for a shot! 🙂 am really enjoying the photo summary of your amazing trip.

  7. Jennifer D June 11, 2007

    Thanks for the photos and bits of your life in Africa. I agree with Grace…your photos belong in a magazine. You are a great photographer!

  8. thanks for continuing to capture nuances of the continent. beautiful.

  9. Jennifer June 11, 2007


  10. Did you get a pic of the civet cat? One of my favorite African folk tales features a civet cat. The story is called Traveling to Tondo and it is a lot of fun to read. Thank goodness there are many philanthropists paving the way now. With millionaires on the rise they are hopefully setting an example. But you on the other hand are setting the example for the rest of us regular folk!

  11. Beautiful!

  12. Beautiful inspiring photos and thank goodness there are people like Mr. Carr. And hey, those warthogs are handsome little guys, aren’t they?

  13. Such lovely animals. I love the joke about the toilet seat too! And what a wonderful thing Mr. Carr is doing. Thanks for the heads up about him, I am looking at his site wondering what I can do to help. It’s good to know that people like him are out there using their wealth for the greater good.

  14. Wow Kelli! Those are some truly amazing pictures!

  15. I like the Noah’s Ark rumour! Some parts of BC could have used the Ark this week.

    Your photos look like them came straight out of National Geographic.

    Glad you had some holiday time as well. I would love to visit Africa one day. I realise the continent is huge, but I’d love to visit various parts.

  16. I love when you come back from trips because I get to enjoy them vicariously through your gorgeous photos. I’m glad you were able to find some time for R&R among all the hard work you were doing.

  17. The elephant skull is creepily human-looking…

  18. the animals are so beautiful kelli.

  19. You really captured your trip- the word and pictures are inspiring, informational and beautiful. And I really appreciate you sharing.Glad you’re back.

  20. I wonder what the going rate for elephant root-canals is..?! Your pictures are beautiful, Kelli! They make me want to travel

  21. It’s so fantastic that someone is trying to rejuvenate something in Africa! Well done Greg Carr! And thanks for sharing Kelli 🙂

  22. Such enjoyable pictures.

    On the one hand, it would suck to get eaten by a lion.

    On the other hand, it would be a pretty cool way to go.

  23. If I’m not mistaken, weren’t elephant skulls one source of the “Cyclops” myths?