Monday, January 29, 2018

WC African Safari Adventure

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National Parks of the World   African Safari Adventure    

African Safari Adventure3 Months from Start Date

Welcome to our first challenge in our National Parks of the World series.

When there is talk of safaris you always hear about the "Big 5" which refers to the five animals that are the most sought after. We are going to explore the "Big 5" National Parks in the lower part of Africa that deliver a great “SAFARI” adventure.

Choose a level and start exploring!
Observer: Complete 10 tasks (2 tasks for each Park)
Guide: Complete all 15 tasks.

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate.

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1. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – South Africa
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This world-renowned park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, it is unrivaled in the diversity boasting every single iconic African safari animal species. It's the most accessible of Africa's national parks with well maintained and signed roads. The wide network of roads makes it an ideal venue for self-drive safaris letting you explore at your own pace. So jump in your car and have that camera ready!
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* Read a book with an automobile on the cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in SOUTH AFRICA
The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre 3/7/18

Want to get even closer to the animals? Then jump on the back of one of the largest mammals on earth for a Sunrise Elephant Back Safari! On this adventure, saddled on an elephant, you will explore the vast stretches of landscape and wildlife the park has to offer. You can't get any closer than this!
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* Read a book with a main character whose name starts with a letter found in ELEPHANT.
Nate Like a Memory Abbi Glines 2/1/18

Kruger also has some major archaeological sites where you can explore man's interaction with the environment over the many centuries. You will find fascinating Bushman rock paintings scattered throughout the park and the ruins of Masorini and Albansini contribute to the many wow moments Kruger has to offer.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (Three Word Limit).
Emma in the Night Wendy Walker 2/13/18


2. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – Namibia
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This startlingly beautiful park in Namibia takes its name Etosha - which means Great White Place - from a vast flat depression that was a deep inland lake 12 million years ago. The white clay "pan" covers nearly 25% of the park's surface and can actually be seen from space. After the rains the land transforms into thick woodlands and lush grasslands, attracting plenty of game, including thousands of flamingos and water birds making it one of the top parks for bird-watching.

* Read a book that has a pink cover or a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in NAMIBIA
No One But You Brenda Novak 3/8/18

For an exciting evening, join the Etosha "Night Life" at the Okaukuejo Water Hole. The big show begins at dusk when floodlights are turned on to transform the waterhole into one of Namibia's greatest stages. Kick back on the benches that surround the waterhole and watch as the wildlife strolls out of the darkness to the banks of the spring-fed pool. Don't be surprised if you see a lion drinking next to a zebra or maybe you will be lucky and get a glimpse of the endangered black rhino.

* Read a book with a main character whose name starts with a letter in RHINO.
Nat and Hunter Sex, Not Love Vi Keeland 2/2/18

Fairy Tale Forest is one of the non-game highlights of Etosha. Photographers love this spot, where these unusual looking Moringa trees pose against the stark skyline creating a surreal fairy-tale atmosphere. Usually found on mountain slopes and hills, Etosha is the only place where these trees are found on the plains - growing up to seven meters tall. Watching an elephant uproot one of them to devour their succulent roots is just one of many fascinating sights to marvel at in Etosha.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK (Three Word Limit). Promise Not to Tell Jayne Ann Krentz 2/16/18


3. CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - Botswana

Chobe National Park is situated in the northern part of Botswana. Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is home to some of Africa's highest concentrations of game, with the region boasting the largest continuous elephant population in Africa. The Chobe River is without a doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers. For a unique vantage point you must take a river cruise to get up close and personal with the wildlife.

* Read a book with a boat on the cover or read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in BOTSWANA.
Holiday Hearts: A Fairytale Christmas\The St. James Affair Susan Wiggs 2/2/18

The Linyanti Marshes are situated in a corner of Chobe. The lagoons, reed-beds and towering tree canopies make this one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of the region. A Linyanti safari affords plenty of exciting activities and opportunities to explore the diverse landscape with game drives, daring nature walks and boating safaris. Don't be surprised if you encounter a leopard or lion in this predator rich area.
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* Read a book with a main character whose name starts with a letter in LEOPARD.
Leo Rookie Move Sarina Bowen 2/10/18

Many Chobe Safari Trips include a day trip to spectacular Victoria Falls. It is considered the largest fall in the world and named one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Falls are in a narrow gorge between Zimbabwe & Zambia where the Zambezi River rushes down the gorge creating the most amazing display of water-mist. It's a site to behold and not to be missed while visiting either Chobe NP or our next NP Hwange.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Three Word Limit).  Patterns of Change Terri DuLong 3/22/18

4. HWANGE NATIONAL PARK - Zimbabwe
This park is Africa unspoiled ! If you want an uncrowded Safari experience this is the place to go. The park is large and the number of visitors is small giving you a whole different experience than many other parks. Hwange has two important conservation and research projects they operate: The National Leopard Project and The Painted Dog Project. Their aim is to keep track of the numbers of leopard and wild dog in Zimbabwe and to increase their diminishing numbers over future years.
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* Read a book with a dog on the cover or read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in ZIMBABWE.
Even the Score Beth Ehemann 2/19/18

Hwange is famous for its huge herds of elephant but big cats are also plentiful in the park. The large expanse of bush is home to many species of small and large buck which the big cats prey upon. Tracking them as they hunt can be very exciting. So reserve an early morning or evening game drive and keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for whatever may spring from the bush!
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* Read a book with a main character whose name starts with a letter in LION.
Noe Dignity Jay Crownover 2/14/18

The park also has an important archaeological site: The Bumbusi National Monument. Believed to be from the 18th century, it consists of the ruins of old housing with colossal stone walls. In 1946 it was declared a National Monument, and has also been placed on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. It also serves as a sacred site that remains an important spiritual center for the living descendents of the Bumbusi builders and is a fascinating addition to your Hwange NP visit.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in HWANGE NATIONAL PARK (Three Word Limit). The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18


5. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - Tanzania

This park in Tanzania is probably the most famous in our "Big 5" list. It is home to a remarkable range of wildlife and also plays host to both annual migrations of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, over a million wildebeest and over 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. What an amazing sight!!

* Read a book with a wild animal on the cover or read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in TANZANIA.
* Read a book where the author’s first and last initial can be found in TANZANIA.Crow A. Zavarelli 3/11/18

Interested in seeing a spectacle of hippos and maybe even a crocodile or two? Then don't miss the Retina Hippo Pool in Central Serengeti. Situated where the Seronera and Orangi rivers converge, the pool consists of a deep puddle of water with roughly 200 sloshing, playing hippos and if you look closely you will find crocodiles too. But watch out for the smell - it is a little overwhelming. Snap your photos and keep your distance - both creatures are very large, dangerous and smelly!
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* Read a book with a main character whose name starts with a letter in HIPPO or CROCODILE.
Halston Absinthe Winter Renshaw 2/6/18 

For a different and spectacular view of the Serengeti consider taking a Hot Air Balloon Safari. Since 1989, Serengeti Balloon Safaris has helped park visitors take to the skies to spot animals and watch the park's famous Great Migration. With your bird's-eye view of the park you are guaranteed to see loads of wildlife. But be warned, it comes with a high price tag, but most say that the experience is worth it. I think it would be an unforgettable Serengeti experience.
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* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (Three Word Limit).    Stitches in Time Terri DuLong 3/22/18    

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