Blogs from Mpumalanga , South Africa, Africa - page 29


Imagine that you are on a long road trip and want to get out of the car to stretch your legs, or go to the bathroom behind a tree, or get a closer angle for a picture of a bird. Then think of the feeling that you get when you realize that if you do get out of the car you could potentially be EATEN by a LION . That is the only way that I can convey the feeling that is ever present while in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Haley and I were there in the summer so it was hot every day. We drove over plenty of nice little rivers that would be perfect for a quick swim, just something to cool us off. Then I look into the water and I see ... read more
Our Car

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 25th 2008

English? Scroll down a little. Obschon ich nicht allzu viel Zeit im Krüger Nationalpark verbracht habe (3 Tage/2 Nächte) habe ich ausser dem Leoparden alle davon zu Gesicht bekommen. Zum Teil auch sehr nahe, so dass ich froh war dass ich in einem Auto mit verschlossenen Fenstern sitzen konnte. Dies habe ich jedoch vor allem meinem 'privaten Guide' Ruan welchen ich per Zufall kennenlernte zu verdanken. Er entschied sich spontan mit mir in den Park zu kommen und ohne ihn hätte ich wahrscheinlich nicht mal einen Drittel der Tiere gesehen. Er ist dabei sein eigenes Individualreiseführer-Business aufzubauen, was er auch super kann. Wer mit ihm in Südafrika unterwegs sein möchte (zu günstigen Preisen) kann ihn per Email kontaktieren: Er ist super flexibel und ich kann ihn zu 100% empfehlen. Even though I didn't spend too ... read more
Braunadler / Brown eagle
Gepard / Cheetah
Fledermäuse / Bats

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 17th 2008

Yesterday we went into the park, and it was amazing. We got up at 4:00am and there was a huge bug ontop of the net over mine and Mel's bed, and it was sprayed with a spray to kill it,and it fell down the back of the net, and it was right by Mel's head. All of the girls were screaming because it was HUGE and DISGUSTING! We got to the park gates at 5:10am, and we went straight into the park, as the queue was only 7/8 cars long, so we got straight through and it didn't take long to get the permits sorted. As we entered the main bit of the park, we saw impala, and vervet monkeys, and zebra. The monkeys were really cute and they were playing in the middle of the ... read more
Lauren and Mel
Vervet Monkey

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga January 28th 2008

On my birthday, Shane surprised me by taking me to a nearby elephant sanctuary, where we got to meet Kasper and Kitso. Both were rescued from people who thought having an elephant for a pet was a good idea, until they realized it wasn't so easy to have a massive potentially dangerous eating-machine for a pet... Now Kasper and Kitso allow people to touch them, walk with them, and ride them around the reserve. What amazing animals!... read more
Walking an elephant
eye of the elephant

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 21st 2008

Decided to head down to the beach for a while so were stopping at Lower Sabie on our way out of Kruger. Decided to stay in the huts so that we can make an early morning getaway. Had a braai and were all packed and organised for leaving early, so an early night was in order. At 1am Andy needed the loo and as the huts only have a sink and no bathroom he was going to have to go for a walk, I also woke and considered whether I could wait until morning, at that point he turned the key in the lock and said 'we have a problem'. The key had broken in the lock so now we were stuck. I won't say what he did, but I did decide I could wait until ... read more
Malcolm digs the fire pit
Camp Site


Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 19th 2008

Having such a good time in Kruger we decided to extend it. There was no accommodation in the southern part of the park so we booked camp sites at Satara a bit further north, another lovely site. We drove up and set up camp, Jane and Malcolm in the tent and we were going to sleep in the cab again. The camp site at Satara is right on the fence which is great, of course we saw the hyena, we also saw lots of fireflies and heard lion most of the night - fabulous. We took an early morning drive to Olifants and although the game was a bit scarce we did see an african wild cat, a black backed jackal and another hyena den with cubs. The weather was very hot so we were very ... read more
Breakfast at Timbavati picnic spot
Hyena Den
Hippo crossing the road

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 15th 2008

The bride and groom had left for their honeymoon, some of the guests had gone to Cape Town, some had gone home and that just left the UK contingent who were flying back that afternoon. We had decided to all go for breakfast before we went our separate ways so all packed up and made for the local shopping centre for a cooked breakfast - I think not! Good old power sharing, no electricity for the entire centre meant that all the restaurants - the pizza, seafood and burger ones could not operate. The spar shop had some cooked food on display so before they sold it all or it went cold we bought some and arranged with the pizza restuarant to use their outside chairs and tables to eat it - well they weren't using ... read more
Deadly Scorpion!
Hyena cub
3 Male lions

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 14th 2008

We had arranged for any of the wedding guests that were staying a bit longer to come into Kruger for the day, we were going in convoy. We left the chalets at 5am to get in Malelane Gate pretty much as soon as they opened. We took a leisurely drive to Crocodile Bridge where we all had breakfast seeing some game along the way although nothing very exciting. Our next leg took us up to Lower Sabie in time for a late lunch before making our way across to the Paul Kruger gate as time had just run away with us. With so many people (about 15 if I remember correctly) it did take quite a while to get everyone fed and watered and back on the road again! Game spotted was white rhino, elephant, lion, ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga January 12th 2008

At last we get to the wedding, we've been building up to this for over a year and now we get to see whether all the planning works out. The day started when Dave picked me up and took Julie and I to join Kerry and the other bridesmaids at K'shani for breakfast, Dave was incredibly stressed out and hadn't slept the previous night, he also made sure that his best man Andrew didn't sleep either, after all, what are best men for if not to keep you company when you can't sleep. We used one of the chalets for all the girls to get ready in, they really were very luxurious, not our usual camping standard at all! The hairdresser turned up on time and started on the bridesmaids. The make up lady arrived and ... read more
Dad and Bride
Mr & Mrs Thorne
Beautiful Cake - tastes good too

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Nelspruit January 10th 2008

Today was the day the first of the wedding guests would be arriving. Dave's parents, brothers and sister and a couple of friends flew into Kruger Airport in spite of the miserable wet weather. The next guests that were due were not so lucky. Barrie and Wendy and Rory and Dean had left Durban early morning to drive up. The weather was wet and windy, really miserable which made for a grim drive, but it took a turn for the worse when Wendy hit 2 potholes hidden by the water on the road and smashed 2 tyres. They phoned to arrange a tow truck but were told that it could only take one passenger - that left 3 of them in the middle of nowhere. We drove out to pick them up expecting to see Wendy ... read more

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