Today I was able to cross another item off my bucket list. We had to get up at 5:00 for the safari at Akegera National Park, but the lack of sleep was worth it! Having previously talked with people that had gone on the safari, I knew not to get my hopes up too high. I desperately wanted to see elephants, for example, but knew that they are not always spotted by safari goers. Before we began the tour of the park, we headed to a hotel on the premises to pick up our packed lunch. At the hotel, baboons and other monkeys ran across the roof of the building to peer down into our jeeps. We drove away with our lunch still in one piece and headed into the park! On the drive I was very pleasantly surprised by the array of animals we saw. Aside from the plethora of monkeys along the way, we spotted hippos, zebras, giraffes, antelope, water buck, ELEPHANTS, and even a lion and a crocodile (well at least the tail). I am so glad that I brought my macro-lens with my camera today, and can't wait to share my photos with everyone! What an unbelievable experience!