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This page is to help you quickly jump through this picture set. Below you will see a listing of the pages and the captions on that page.

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    Started off the day with a bus ride over to the Animal Kingdom. Of course quite a few buses for all other destinations but ours.
    We ended up arriving way too early, but better early than late (almost an hour early).
    Noticed they were setting up for the D23 Scavenger Hunt that was starting today.
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    We were let into the park a little before opening and instructed to find our way out to Africa and another Trek CM.
    It was nice to walk through the park with no other guests around, just our small group.
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    Once back in Africa we were let it a previously off limits area that took us down along the river way. It was fun to look back up at the fort and bridge where you usually are.
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    Everest in the distance, too bad the sky ruined the shot..
    Heading off into the jungle to get our gear.
    Looking back at where we just came from.
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    This is the small shed where you get your gear and can put your personal belongings in lockers.
    Once we were all ready to go, we were given an introduction and then asked to go across this test bridge.
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    One of our two guides explaining what we had to do.
    Up on the platform waiting my turn.
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    As you can see you are expected to step across the missing pieces of wood, etc..
    Looking back after completing my mission.
    After completing the test there were some beverages available while you waited for everyone else.
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    Once everyone was ready we headed off down this trail which took us back up to the village.
    Once there our guides introduced themselves as did everyone else.
    Looking back this is the gate we were initially let into that took us down by the river.
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    Then we walked through the first portion of the Pangani trail. Paused to check out the Okapis, there were two out.
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    Then we headed through the gate right before the overlook and up some steps. From here we could look back and down on the hippo area that is visible from Pangani.
    A hippo below.
    The other side (to our right) you had a great view down on the overlook area.
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    A look ahead, you can just barely make out the trail through the forest.
    Looking back at our guide bringing up the rear. You can see the stairs we came up in the background. The hippo area was to the right in this shot.
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    The group heading off into the forest.
    A marker along the trail as we near our first stop of the trek.
    Through the woods you can see some fencing, that is where we are heading.
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    We were met by a specialist who works with the hippos
    For the next part we will have to clip in for safety.
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    Once all secure we headed through the gate to the overlook. You can see the ride path in the background.
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    They called a hippo over for us to see by banging a bucket and throwing some food in the water. Eventually two made there way over and were right below us.
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    A video clip from the encounter.
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    Another brief video clip.
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    Looking straight down. A little hard to tell the drop off.
    After some more pictures it was time to head back.
    Looking out where we were standing again.
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    Our guides and the hippo CM.
    We continued through the forest and came upon another marker.
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    We came to the bridges next. Here is the structure you climb up on to access them.
    There are two bridges. The first spans the ride path and the open area between the hippos and crocs then you make a sharp turn and head across a second that spans the crocs.
    After a safety briefing the first member of our group heads out.
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    Watching as they connect my safety gear.
    Looking over the edge before stepping off the platform.
    Time to head out.
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    The first member of the group was cruising along, here she is on the second bridge.
    The view is a little surreal to look down on the trucks.
    If you take the time to look down you can see the attention to detail is great. Notice the broken wood.
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    Some of the scenery from the bridge.
    Here is a good view of the second bridge. To the lower left under the bridge you can see another clip in area we will be going to later.
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    Having reached the halfway point had a moment to turn around and get a picture.
    You stay clipped in and the tubes make the turn with you.
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    The bridge I just crossed
    In the distance you can see the hippos
    Ahead lies the crocs.
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    Waiting to step off onto the second bridge. To the right and below are the crocs.
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    The trucks just keep cycling by. It was funny to overhear the guests on board. Many were pointing and talking about us.. and completely missing the crocs below.
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    Looking down you can see where we will be clipping in next and heading out to get even closer to the crocs.
    On the overlook. The crocs are right below us laying around.
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    Above you can see a CM taking the safety straps back for the next tour group.
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    After unclipping we walked down a short trail and had a great vista of the Savanna as we headed for our waiting truck.
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    Reached a clearing and waited to board our truck.
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    Our truck up ahead (this is also where we were able to take the safety harness gear off)
    A giraffe nearby
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    Once everyone was onboard and ready we started off on our relaxing safari. We followed the attraction path for a while then pulled off to pause. Which allowed us to stand up and move around and just watch the animals.
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    Warning: I had two cameras so some of these shots are slightly out of sequence...
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    Once of our guides in the truck with us as we moved on to the next area.
    Looking back on the old bridge.
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    Next up elephant country.
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    At this point we turned off the ride path and headed up to our own private overlook of the savanna for some food and great views.
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    Setting up our food.
    He opened up one and explained what was inside (I should have video taped it because I do not remember).
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    Off to the far side of the area was a boardwalk that went out and gave you a view of the lions and rhinos
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    Before heading out stopped for a quick shot of the truck.
    Looking back. (Everyone else was eating so it was a great time to get some pictures and be out by myself).
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    At the end were a couple scopes.
    I did not pay attention to the magnification but it was decent.
    Here you can see the truck and outpost.
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    A view of the lion area.
    He was of course sleeping.
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    Off to the other side you can see the rhinos
    Heading back to the main overlook area.
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    Trying to give some perspective (I was not allowed to carry a bag so did not have a full compliment of lenses to try and capture it).
    Our table.
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    Made another trip out to the lion/rhino area and nothing new.
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    Noticed one of the young elephants heading into the water.
    Of course a truck pulls by to block my shot..
    But did get some water spraying. Then it was back into the truck and on through the rest of the safari.
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    Drove by the rhinos and pulled off again.
    From here we had a view of the cheetahs behind, rhinos off to the side and lions ahead.
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    These two came up the road near us.
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    Time to head off through the geyser area.
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    We pulled into a stop on the left side (opposite the normal attraction exit). Here are a couple shots of our truck.
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    Looking back you can see where we exited.
    And the trail we walked down.
    We walked back down through the village and then down along the river again.
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    Once there picked up our stuff from the lockers.
    And cast a vote for where part of our tour cost would be donated.
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    After another group picture and some goodbyes it was off into the park we went.
    On the way out noticed several teams working the D23 Scavenger hunt.
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    Your gift on the tour is you get to keep your water bottle.

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