Michelle Obama and family go on African safari

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | June 25, 2011 | 9:00 AM EDT

US first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha make an unscheduled stop at Borakanelo, a favorite local restaurant, in the village of Mochudi, Botswana, Saturday, June 25, 2011. US first lady Michelle Obama arrived in Botswana on Friday, from Cape Town, South Africa with her daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, on the second leg of a week long trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — It's an African safari for Michelle Obama and her family.

The first lady, her daughters, her mother, and a niece and nephew climbed into an open-air vehicle Saturday afternoon in search of lions, tigers, giraffes and other animals in a South African game reserve.

The group had seen at least one elephant by early afternoon.

Mrs. Obama has been in Africa all week, promoting youth leadership, education, and health and wellness in South Africa and Botswana. She returns home to Washington on Monday.