The animals came in two by two... Well maybe not two by two but when we entered Kruger National Park, they were there. In the first 2 days we saw 4 of the ‘Big 5’ as they are referred to. That is Lion, Water Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard - just missing the Black Rhino. We encountered. Elephant, Vultures, Tortoises, Giraffe, Baboons, Monkeys, Warthog, Crocodile, Hippos, deer, Eland, Kudu, Springbok, Hyenas, Wild Dogs, White Rhino, Wildebeest and birds galore.
We had a great time in Kruger, the landscape varied a lot from area to area, either bush scrub land to Savannah grassland, to areas of
green with vegetation and grass and obvious signs of water, to dusty sandy dried up creeks and small bushes trying to survive. It was amazing how anything survives especially the big animals.
Its not until you are right up close that you realise just how big a giraffe is and what's with its long neck and knobbly knees? Still, they are designed to survive. We had several early starts in the park, and I mean early, up at 4.30 am and out by 6 am. Checking out waterholes and playing hide and seek with whoever was around.
Usual story as soon as you get your camera ready, they're gone.
We really enjoyed Kruger, it was so nice to see animals in their own habitat and roaming free. The next few days took us through some dramatic scenery and geological formations, canyons and potholes formed by water to name but a few. They call it the Panorama Route and rightly too. A place called ‘Gods Window’ presented us with a beautiful view across the hills to Mozambique. Our last big drive took us through a place called Long Tom Pass where a battle took place resulting in the Boers getting the better of the Brits mainly because of a gun (like a canon) they had which could fire shots over 9 Km (about 5 miles).
The tour ended in Pretoria for our final farewell meal. Sad for those going home as everyone enjoyed the trip. New friends were made and many stories will be recounted. We did the South Africa and Southern Africa Discovery Tours back-to-back so spent a few days exploring while waiting for the next group to join us and the next tour to start. Whilst on our own we enjoyed mineral baths, had a massage, pedicure and our first African hair cut. We did an African elephant adventure where we spent time interacting with elephants followed by a ride - they are wide to sit on, however what an experience it was. Mags also made a new friend of a Meerkat!
Di and Maggie