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Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park September 5th 2006

So we began the game drive that promised us, Lions, Leopards, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephants. I think these are the big five but feel free to correct me. We began the drive in a civil way, seeing some really amazing wildlife, lots of antelope, kudu, warthog, bushbuck type animals but then our guide had some feedback through his earpiece which alerted him to a spotting of one of the big 5. Suddenly we were not on the dirt track any more, but driving through thick scrub and mowing down small trees while trying to avoid having our eyes gouged out by very prickly bushes. But then we began to see them. Buffalo. Wow, a huge heard of them and they are huge. I don't know why I find them funny they really aren't, maybe the way ... read more
Buffalo
The most lovely Elephant family
Rhinos being affectionate

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park September 1st 2006

Well I'll start at the beginning, probably easier that way. Our flight was uneventful, we were situated between three babies, which i expected to be a cruel and noisy 10 hours however the little darlings made no noise at all. However we couldn't sleep for one reason or other. So we arrived at Johannesburg airport early on Fri morning and proceeded to sort out our car rental. Sarah then approached me having just spoken to the lady at Gwala Gwala, the game reserve we were to be staying at, and told me the drive was actually 6 hours there and not the 2-3 our travel agent had told us! At this point I was seriously fighing sleep deprivation, which had just started to kick in so Sarah did the first half of the drive. We ... read more
Luxury camping at its best
Giraffe in Gwala Gwala reserve
wart hog


We weren’t expecting to cycle on day 5, but we’ve already had a whinge about the information with regards to routes & distances, so won’t mention it again. That said we didn’t have sufficient clean clothes for 5 days, but at this stage we were past caring. We set off later than normal and yet again had to keep close together in our group with a Landy following close behind due to game concentrations. This makes riding very dusty! We had to stop once or twice to avoid elephant activity, but we were never in any danger. The pace was fast and there was some sense of humour failure when we hit hills for the last 10kms, some of which Laura had to be pushed up by fellow cyclists! We reached the tar road at 11:30, ... read more
Group 9 & 10 on the last day
Phil putting on a brave face
Laura gets a helping hand


We needed to be in Rivonia by 06:30, which meant getting up at 04:30. Phil forgot to correct the time on his mobile to the local time-zone which is 1 hour ahead of the UK. This isn’t a major issue unless you’re using your phone as an alarm clock, which we were! Fortunately Ella wanted to go back to bed and knocked on our door at 05:00 to say good-bye. A short mad flap ensued which, as it turns out, was unnecessary as the mechanic joining us was 45mins late. Our bus got under way shortly before 07:30, progress was pretty slow, and we lost a piece of the bus along the way. No one knows quite how or why, but driving through the Magoobaskloof Mountains, our driver noticed an excessive amount of sparks in his ... read more


The title pretty much sums up our animal experiences in our second trip to Kruger. Our own excursions into the Park were based near one of the southern camps around Skukuza and this time with the professional, we were further north near Orphen. Whilst we had the advantage of an open game viewer rather than a Renault Clio, if the animals aren't nearby you are going to see them....and most of the big cats remained as elusive as a South African policeman when you need one. There are therefore no lion piccies to add to this page, the leopards were probably hiding up a tree laughing as we went past and the only major sighting success was a very distant cheetah. The elephants were in abundance, as were the giraffes, zebras, wilderbeest and the ever present ... read more
Cheetah
Giraffe
New Career


Hello all, Well I believe this is it for us. Tomorrow we take the long trek back to Johannesburg (6-7 hours) followed by the long flight to London (11 hours) followed by a brief layover and scramble through customs (2 hours) followed by the long flight to Los Angeles (11 hours) followed by a coma. I can't afford to stay on long so here's what's happened. Our hostel in Hazyview was the shadiest place ever and the staff was entirely drunk and the guy in charge (Darrel) didn't change his clothes once during our three night stay. We actually saw him once at the Kruger park gate just as we were embarking for a night drive but he ignored all of us (this was odd as he had addressed me by name that morning and had ... read more
This is why the Kruger is amazing.
How cool is this?
Lazy zebra...

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 1st 1994

We did a morning game drive this day. We got to see two more Big 5, including rhinos and buffalo. The only Big 5 that we did not get to see was the elephant. Kind of disappointing! In the afternoon, we went to NLP airport for our flight to JNB. We were only going to pass through JNB on our way to Cape Town. The flight was an Airlink airlines Dornier 228. The crew let me sit up in the first row and let me listen in on ATC. How cool! They had told me that an American Eagle flight had crashed in Indiana and later I would find out that it was the ATR plane in Roselawn. How sad to hear..... Once at JNB, we stood by for the Comair flight to CPT. Full! Next ... read more
Our flight from Nelspruit to Johannesburg
Rhino

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 31st 1994

We are up early and get to see the damage on the rental car. Not too bad. A van picks us up and we head out to the Idube. As we were closer, we saw some animals. I was not too big on coming here. I mean, I could see animals in a zoo if I wanted. My buddies were, however. I am glad we did come though. It was a neat experience. We settled into our rooms and hit the pool. Later on we had some lagers, before heading out on our evening game drive. We did not see much early on, except for a few giraffes and some kudu. I remember stopping by a river to relieve myself and the driver telling me to not get so close to the river because of crocs. ... read more
What happens when you doze off
Our cabin
Idube Game Lodge




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