Yes, I know you thought we'd never get to the animals, but here they are, beginning with the birds. I know very little about birds, but those in Africa are truly diverse and spectacular. Not sure what these chaps are (I did say birds are not my strong suit, didn't I?), but they're handsome things, aren't they?
Goldfinches at the feeding trough at Tloma Lodge
My favorite African bird, the Lilac-Breasted Roller; I couldn't get a good photo in flight, but the underside of the wings is a beautiful dark blue, as if this bird needed anything else going for it:
White-headed buffalo weaver: