17 Nov Kruger Park Safaris
Kruger Park Safaris
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa.The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Take a squizz through our rangers diaries and book your Kruger Park Safari with us today.
Gert’s Wildlife Diary
11 November 2016
This afternoon we started a new Safari with 3 guests, 2 of which are on Honeymoon and only with us for 1 night. Shortly after entering the park, we found a small breeding herd of Elephant, with one mother and her calf of about a year old feeding very close to the road and eventually crossing the road right next to our vehicle – a very nice way to start the Safari! Not much further, as we rounded a bend, we were just in time to see a Cheetah as it was crossing the road and heading into the bush! As it turns out, it was a lone female Cheetah on the hunt and she was in the process of stalking Impala. However, they had spotted her and took off, leaving the Cheetah to go back to where it came from! Lucky for us as that meant she had to cross the road again, so we had a great sighting of her as she walked through the fairly open terrain until she found a large termite mound to use as a vantage point, but also eventually lay down and got quite comfortable on the mound, perhaps waiting for the Impala to forget about her presence! We then came across a Spotted Hyena den on the side of the road, where no fewer than 8 cubs of varying ages up to about 5 months old, were playing outside the den, one dragging around a old piece of hide and trying very hard to keep it away from the others. There were old bones and other leftovers scattered around the den site, so no shortage of food for them, but it seemed like the piece of hide was the main attraction, as they all tried getting it off the one youngster who made very sure no-one got close! They also got very bold and inquisitive as by now there were a few cars observing their antics and a large female, undoubtedly mother to some of the cubs, came over to keep an eye and looked like she was trying to get the cubs to go into the den! We left them all playful on the side of the road, a great first afternoon on Safari!
12 November 2016
This morning we left for our morning drive after an early breakfast and started the day off with a very nice Giraffe sighting with 7, mostly female and a few youngsters and one large male browsing close to the road and showing off; stretching as tall as it could trying to reach the highest possible leaves and freshest shoots on the Marula tree it was feeding on. We were also lucky enough to spot 2 large male lions, although this was quite a distant sighting. However, they were out in the open and we could see them quite well. In the late afternoon we encountered some Spotted Hyenas at a den-site, where 2 cubs of just about 4 months old were suckling in the road! There were a few others around the youngsters all very playful and inquisitive! What was also very apparent is the complete transformation the bush undergoes in a few days during and after good rains! In 5 days dry, barren areas have become huge attractions for the grazers as fresh grass is sprouting everywhere and everything is full off life, even the first Impala lambs of the season are making their long-awaited appearance and will soon be joined by many more!
Kara’s Wildlife Diary
6 November 2016
Our first day started from Nelspruit where I picked up Richard and Mary and we made our way to Nkambeni Camp where they had their first sunset drive and we stayed the night. A lovely drive with elephants, giraffes, hippos and a few scrub hares as bonuses.
7 November 2016
We made our way to Skukuza camp which was our camp for the night. The highlights of our first full day together was the giraffe that we saw drinking and then thereafter crossed the road to eat some leaves of a knob thorn tree. We also got two lionesses lying on a termite mound in the shade hiding from the sun. Beautifully out in the open. Later on we enjoyed our dinner with the outlook onto the sabie river and elephants drinking and eating on the reeds on the side of the road.
8 November 2016
Getting a early start in the hope to miss the heat of the day was definitely worth it and paid off on our journey to olifants camp. With the drought and the little rain we recently had we have been fortunate to have seen a lot of animals coming to the road to eat some of the new green grasses that has started to grow next to the road where the water runs off. From blue wildebeast to families of warthogs. Where there is herbivores there are predators and therefore we had a sighting of a big male lion walking underneath the bridge going on a morning stroll hoping to find something to hunt. A bonus was the five ground hornbills we had whom crossed the road and was pecking away at seeds and insects. The afternoon drive we had a young elephant also showing us his size and warning us to not mess with him or his family.
9 November 2016
Waking up with all the birds and baboons in our camp we headed to Letaba for breakfast. The best surprise was as we came out of the camp a leopard was posing beautifully on a rock looking for some food to walk by. On our way there we found some hippos out of water grazing along the river and also a few big herds of buffalos enjoying the new grass that the rain helped with. Today we also experienced a bit of rain while out on drive which was a blessing since the bad drought we were experiencing. Therefore a lot of tortoises and birds to be seen. A Lavailents, Jacobin and Greater spotted cuckoo, Tawny eagle and a few storks and herons of all kinds along the river were spotted. The heat picked up in the afternoon to a whopping 38 and there we still manger to find some giraffes, impalas, elephants and blue wildebeests.
10 November 2016
While heading back south to Pretoriouskop. Richard, Mary and I got to see the recent rain and flash floods impact. Filled up dams and rivers flowing nicely. It definitely was the day for the lions. We had a big pride of Lionesses and young consisting of 13 individuals. Sunbaking on a sandy patch 20m from the road, there were 2 youngsters play fighting over a old bone they found, and a female keeping guard while the rest are sleeping. Later on we got a male and female socializing under Kruger Tablets licking and cleaning themselves. Flowers and new growths from trees and plants everywhere attracted heaps of birds, monkeys and insects. Some Rhinos crossed the road with red mud all over their bodies clearly having had a wonderful mud bath to cool down in the heat of the day.
11 November 2016
Our last morning together ended on a high with a big family of hyenas vocalizing and babies investigating the car. Some Klipspringers on the koppies with a few kudus also browsing along the roads with the sunrise. We saw so many new birds that the guests were happy to tick of their list. The best for me was the Gorgeous Bushshrike. A wonderful warm, fun, eventful and interesting few days we had. And I couldn’t have planned for it to go better.
Mark’s Wildlife Diary
6 November 2016
So once I had collected my clients it was off to Kruger and seen we had people that would only be staying 1 night decided to go on a drive immediately and this proves to be the best decision ever. Within 15min of entering we found 2 male lions lying next to the road, just watching the traffic pass by. Further to this, we found a sleeping leopard. This was fantastic as we got good visuals of it while it lay fast asleep. We headed into lunch and in the late afternoon found rhino, buffalo and elephant. Not often can you say you get the big 5 on the first drive.
7 November 2016
Having to say goodbye to 2 of my clients we headed out on a very cold and wet Kruger. This definitely put a damper on the sighting but clients were happy as we added giraffe and baby elephant which they wanted to see. It was after that we dropped off some clients and headed back into camp. The afternoon, we found the 2 male lions again and decided to just stay with them and see what happens. Much like watch paint dry as they just lay there, without much activity.
8 November 2016
We took a drive along the sabi river of which it was pumping late morning and into the afternoon. Buffalo, elephant, rhino, sable and many more were spotted. On our return we spotted a male leopard lying in the shade of a tree in the river bed. This was great as our clients wanted to see another leopard before they left. Most of our afternoon was taken up with a baby white rhino, which needed assistance from the Parks Board as it seemed the mother had been poached. After assisting with all info it was back into camp with a sense of achievement.
9 November 2016
Our last morning drive and we heard about 13 lions that took down a buffalo and headed straight there. Sure enough, there all 13 lay with bellies that looked like they wanted to explode. Clients happy, we exited the park and it was time for them to start phase 2 of their holiday.
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