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Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 17th 2013

The day started for me at 03:30 when I had to pack my things and get ready for the journey to Maputo, 10 mins later I was out the door for my 2km walk to Fatima’s for the so-called shuttle to Maputo, it didn’t get off to a good start as the driver didn’t turn up until 04:30, throughout the journey I was imagining how fab that extra 30 mins in bed would have been! So at 04:30 when we were finally on the road to Maputo, gradually as of course we had to make sure that the chappa was full. This meant slowing down every 5 mins with the “conductor” shouting Maput, Maput at every person standing by the road that he saw. The chappa doesn’t stop for food which is surprising at it stops ... read more
Hyenas
Elephants
Elephants

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 17th 2013

Kruger park A couple of days in Knysna on Indian Ocean coast after shark dive. Not much exciting. Visited Kango Caves which is awesome and comparable to Carlsbad Cavern. Always amazing to be deep underground in cathedral sized rooms with incredible mineral formations. Have not been able to download pictures yet but not as exciting as shark dive. Met up with Steve Suzanne and Don and Holly who were with us on flight to Kruger. They went out on safari while we stayed and relaxed for once. Up at 530 for early start........ read more


If you've been paying a attention, you'll remember that one of the bucket list reasons for coming to South Africa was to go on safari. I'm pretty sure it's the dream of anyone who's studied zoology or ecology and I spent many years drooling over photos and presentations by fellow PhDers and academics who studied baboons in Ethiopia or merecats in the Kalahari while I spent cold winter months watching goats in Scotland. Since I studied ungulates (mammals with hooves for those of you not in the know) I had stacks of papers on kudu and impala and other strange named species, and while I knew a lot about their mating behaviour and who they liked to hang out with, I couldn't have recognised one if it had wandered across the road. We had a taster ... read more
Picnic site in the park
Nellie
Li-oning around in the road


I Took a bus from Pretoria to Nelspruit. Nelspruit is the city that is the closest to stay and organize tours to Kruger National Park (if you’re not staying in the park itself). Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves in SA and one of the best in the continent (http://www.sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger/). As I didn’t get much information on specific companies to do tours with, how difficult it would be to visit the park with a rental car, etc., I decided to just travel to Nelspruit and figure out the rest there. As I usually like to do. I took the Gautrain from Centurion, Pretoria to Johannesburg Park Station and from there, the bus. In the station itself, I was approached by at least 3 people asking for money (I guess I must’ve looked ... read more
The Pinnacle, Blyde River Canyon
Pack of lions, Kruger Park
Cape buffalo, Kruger Park


This blog has taken a bit longer than we had expected as we have been without Internet access for a week while we have been in Kruger National Park area so there is a bit to catch up on. Buckle in for a long read or skip to the pictures. Spent Sunday just lazing around the Garden Court Hotel in Johannesburg catching up an bit of sleep which we had lost to jet lag and talking to an Aussie couple who we met at the hotel. Monday morning we were picked up by a safari company to drive us to Kruger National Park and headed north across the high veldt. It took about 6 hours to get to our lodge which was on the edge of the park. As soon as we arrived we headed out ... read more
Nellie on steroids
Apparently only 7 vertebrae....
Steph gets friendly with natives


...Animals Extraordinaire! We just spent 10 glorious days in the bush (well, fairly civilized camps that are fenced in areas with a store, cafeteria, etc, but we only showered once!) in our little green tent. We were even joined by a pumba outside our tent on our last night....a momma, poppa and baby must have liked our patch of grass. We were less keen to see a hyena outside our tent the night before. Thankfully the hyena, unlike our pumba, was on the other side of the fence, but still! I will let the pictures speak for themselves - it was very hard to narrow down our choices. We loved every minute of it, and were totally mesmerized about how little the animals cared about our vehicle. These are WILD animals....it was phenomenal. Our typical day ... read more
Steve and Liz ?
Getting a sunset cuddle
about 5:30...

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 13th 2013

We enjoyed a later start to the morning today with an 8.30am pick-up time for our day tour covering the Soweto township, the Apartheid Museum and Johannesburg/Joburg. The mini-van was full with many newcomers to our travel group joining us. We had a long drive from our campsite in towards Joburg. We saw where they were mining for gold, which when it was discovered in 1886 Joburg suddenly became a very popular place, especially with the British. We stopped in front of the 2010 World Cup Stadium, where the Spanish team defeated the Dutch in the final. The African Cup of Nations final is being played there tonight (10thFeb) between Nigeria and Burkino Faso. We will be watching this with our Kenyan bus driver Josh who loves his football. Our next stop was the Soweto township, ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 30th 2012

We arrived at Crocodile Bridge late morning and set up camp just before Aaron and Carrie arrived from Jo'burg for a few days camping with us. The weather was perfect, hot but not unbearable and a lot of the time overcast which made for good game viewing. On our first morning drive we saw the big 5. Plenty of elephant of course, several white rhino and a herd of about 200 buffalo which were crossing the road in front of us, at their own leisurely pace of course. We saw 2 lionesses walking down the road and then a leopard just resting on a rock quite close to the road so we could get a good view of it. The following day we saw a lioness and her 5 cubs right on the road, but Aaron ... read more
Lion in a Tree
Elephant at the Hide
Elephant at the Waterhole

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 14th 2012

Day 7 We went on an all day private safari and "saw them all"....up front and personal as in on or beside the road: giraffes, baboons, lion and lioness at a kill, zebras, Cape buffalo,warthogs,elephants ,a leopard, hippos, crocs,vultures, storks and so many other birds, an iguana...what a day! That night we stayed at a safari lodge....gorgeous with drinks and dinner around the pool and all cottages set in the African bush ... read more
Our First Lion
Lepoard

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 13th 2012

Day 6 Finally underway! With a few hours delay, we were off to Krueger. Area towards Krueger is gorgeous with steep rolling hills with huge purple flowering jacaranda trees.Bit of a disconnect as we approached Krueger, shopping centre and there in the river next to the Toys R Us and KFC store are hippos swimming! Just inside Kruger Park, our first animal sighting...a rhino! Then to the lovely campsite and setting up tents etc...all went ell, then coals on the ground and kababs for dinner...then to bed with the "whoops" of hyenas and snorting of lions near our camp nice start to our adventure!... read more




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