Blogs from Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga , South Africa, Africa

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau A splendid two-night stay at Sirheni Bush Camp duly ended and, all that was left, was a slow drive up the R56 to Punda Maria, the final stop on this ten-day expedition through Kruger. The name Punda Maria is a little out of step with all other Kruger camp names which are based on local language interpretations. It has a distinct Portuguese “flavour” to it. Well, it turns out that a guy named Coetser was posted to that area way back in 1919 as the first ranger. He mistakenly named his post Punda Maria thinking this was the Swahili name for zebra (the first big game he ... read more
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park


“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” – Andy Warhol A wonderful added advantage of selecting camp sites never visited before, is the element of the “unknown.” Without exception, each one of the four visited thus far has delivered big time in terms of each being very different and unique from the others. There is no “one size fits all” and there is a real sense of anticipation setting off for the next destination. Shingwedzi had us enthralled due to its totally different layout and location on a wide and currently, dry river bed. The next leg of this superb adventure was a gentle nudge northward along the H1-7 having done the necessary research to get us to Sirheni Bush Camp; 36kms away. “Kruger Routes- ... read more
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park


“You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water.” – Jodi Picoult Olifants camp was the next destination on this journey and, on this occasion, a golden rule had to be broken by virtue of the distance getting there being 154kms which was much further than the target of about 75kms travel between stops. The reason for this was largely not being able to book into any other camp closer to Lower Sabie as we had spent time camping a few years back at Satara. Not a problem as it afforded time to thread slowly to the end point taking in the spectacular Kruger tapestry of endless views and multiple brown and green colours. Impossible to get bored gazing at these surrounds. ... read more
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park


“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.” – Steve Irwin Slipping off into slumberland in Kruger is easy. Waking up is a bit more frenetic and chances are high you won’t sleep late. The gentle lullaby at night of the Scops Owl is replaced, in the very early morning, by the loud shrieking calls of the different Francolin species. Other noisy birds add their morning voice to this cacophony of sound. Much more effective than any alarm clock, the bonus of this early start is a cup of coffee to hand gazing into the early dawn light of a new day. Planning a trip thoroughly through Kruger is worthwhile and to pull it all together, one needs a collection of the right ... read more
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for our destruction.” – Rachel Carson Every adventure has a start point and, in this case, ours was on a very cold and wintery morning from Johannesburg. It was an opportune time to leave “the big smoke” for something brighter and more cheerful. The wind of the preceding days had very effectively re-arranged the dust on the many mine dumps which dot the landscape, and the cold air was thick with this brown dust providing a doomsday feel to the city and its surrounds. August and September are traditionally windy, dry months which add this smoggy blanket to the dry, winter-tinged countryside. It is not appealing but nature will do its thing ... read more
Kruger National Park
Biyamiti Bush Camp

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park December 3rd 2020

Again 5 AM up and into the bush. After the rain during the night we woke up to much cooler weather, needing a poncho on the jeep to shield us from the wind chill. The bush was alive, birds singing from every tree. Giraffes and Zebras feeding happily. We were expecting activity today. And true a herd of African Wild Dogs was spotted, so without further ado, we made our way there. A group of may be a dozen of them were just about to rip apart a hunted baby Impala. One of them carrying part of its neck and clearly visible the head in its mouth. African Wild Dogs are extremely hard to spot we were told, so again lucky us! Call it beginners luck. We decided just to stay with them for the morning, ... read more
Southern Ground Hornbill
Emerald Spotted Wood Dove
Kudu glare

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park December 2nd 2020

5 AM wake up call. Safaris are best early morning or early evening. And after a brief coffee we hopped on the lodges 4-wheel drive and set out into the bush. The sun was already up (sunrise this time of the year is 4:30) the coolness of the night still there. But it was clear it’s going to be another very hot day. The dry season has not yet given way to the rains in this area of the country, everyone, mostly the animals, were eagerly awaiting. Tiaan skillfully drove the Toyota on dirt roads with huge potholes looking for wildlife activity. However, this morning unlike yesterday it was quiet, except for a few birds and antelopes and plenty of spiderwebs we picked up in our faces as we drove along. There are 72 different antelope ... read more
this guy did not
African Hornbill
spiders are also hungry

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park December 1st 2020

It's Safari time, it's Krueger National Park time. We packed and left Hazyview our close dry again from last night’s drench. 45 km to the Krueger Gate one of several official entrances to the park. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 20,000 km2 and extends 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west. The administrative headquarters are in Skukuza. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa's first national park in 1926. A UNESCO site for International Man and Biosphere Reserve. Today several private concessions adjacent to Krueger have been incorporated. Limpopo National Park situated to the North of Krueger which has a large perimeter ... read more
Paul Krueger
different traffic rules
welcome to Krueger Tourist

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 5th 2020

Here we are, it has been 5 full weeks we are back in South Africa and it feels so good to be back! Yes, there is home, the diving, the golf, but also amazing wine and food! This is my own little paradise found! The country has now opened, or is in the process to open to anybody with a negative covid test. So at least we know it will be easier to go in and out in the near future. The second wave of Covid hasn't hit yet here. Not sure if and when it will happen, but we are ready to stay home if we need to! December being the school holidays month here, I also plan that we stay mainly home for most of the month. So after spending few weeks at home, ... read more
Jacaranda time in South Africa....gorgeous...
Fun moment...
Wild dogs, pretty rare to spot...

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 28th 2019

Today is our last full day on safari as we head to the airport at 8:30am tomorrow morning. Kevin plans to go out tomorrow for a short time but I’d rather rest up a bit and pack for our 36 hour six flight trip back to San Diego. Today we were one of the last vehicles to leave the lodge and all of the others before us headed in one direction. Gary didn’t want to follow the crowds, if you want to really call them crowds as only about 30 people have access to the reserve we explore every day. The public have to stay on the paved roads and cannot get out of their windshielded cars. We, on the other hand, go down dirt roads, go off road and sometimes get out of our open ... read more
owl
Two owls
Snail on the road




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