The Largest National Park
If you really wish to visit the greatest tourist destinations, you must have Kruger Park on your list. Kruger National Park is arguably the largest National Park in the whole world. The total area covered by this Park is a staggering 2 million hectares. The larger part of the park is within the Lowveld, and is 100 meters above sea level. It is also considered the Africa proper part of the park. The Lowveld is one of the most integrated wildlife locations. In this area, you get to see the thorny trees, the leafy trees and tall grass thickets flaring in the same breath. It is also within the Lowveld that you get to sample some of the best safari deals in South African tourist destinations
On Safari With Amanda
13 January 2017
Today I start a new safari with Carlos and Denise from Brazil. We head off after pick up from Nelspruit and headed to The Numbi Hotel for some lunch and then a quick freshen up before a sunset drive from phabeni gate. After realizing that the other guests were not join the night drive, Carlo s and Denise were lucky enough to have their own private drive until 8pm! It's always an experience to be in the park after dark, the sounds of the African bush heightened adding to the adventure. Back from their drive they left the park excited telling me how they'd found lions in the bush and then watched a leopard walking into the night! Fantastic. Buffet supper and then off bed for an early start tomorrow.
14 January 2017
A lovely cool day greeted us with the promise of soft rain later. Elephants were all around today as well as beautiful young zebras munching on the fresh grass. We headed to skukuza for coffee and just before the stop, we spotted a huge male leopard crossing the road, I quickly did a u-turn so we could be parallel to him as he walked 1 meter from the road. He walked and called out a couple of times, the deep sawing sound of his call fascinating my guests. We drove a little bit south and saw thick rain clouds so decided to return to camp, not before experiencing 2 bull Rhinos very close to us...amazing. Back at the hotel we chatted about the days sighting and retired early to be fresh for our tour tomorrow.
15 January 2017
Today we are having a day out of the park to visit the panorama route. A route steeped in history from the great trek, this history also extends into the park w here the Voortrekker took a sometimes perilous journey through the park heading for Delagoa bay, now Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. We stopped at Mac falls and various look out points on the way before reaching the Three Rondawels, a place, Carlos compared to Machu Pitchu with its outstanding beauty. Lunch was at Harrys Pancakes in Graskop, always delicious and rather filling! A great day today even though the weather didn't play nicely with us!
16 January 2017
Today is our last day, but we've had a fantastic time. News of lions on shabeni koppies and we set off, we found their amazing tracks , very fresh but, alas, no lions. Driving around we had beautiful elephants crossing in front of us, one was s o close you could actually touch her. A tip off from another guide about a leopard and we headed along the napi road, we came across a duiker that the leopard had killed stuffed firmly between th e branches of a marula tree but, no leopard. Driving around and out of nowhere appeared 5 wild dogs, stunning sighting. We drove slowly behind them for half an hour before they slunk off into the bush. Incredible. So another safari with lovely guests comes to an end after great sightings and plenty of laughs.
18 January 2017
Today I collect 2 guests from Argentina, Leonardo and Stéphanie. Their excitement obvious as we head off to pretoriuskop camp. After check in and lunch we set out for an afternoon drive. Beautiful sunny weather conditions, perfect for an introduction to the Kruger. A drive around shabeni koppies is always rewarding view wise and a nice family of klipspringers keeping a watchful eye on us! Driving around we saw lovely zebras and of course very adorable impala lambs. We headed to shitlave dam where we could sit and hopefully watch animals come for a drink, some rocks close to the waters edge and slightly visible was a head of some mammal but we couldn't make out what it was, until we drove closer and realized it was in fact a young male lion! 5 minutes later another lion became visible! It's lovely to see lions relaxing in the late afternoon sun.. eventually they decided to get up and move further into the bush. All of us very excited about the lions as we headed back to camp for supper and an early night.
19 January 2017
Today we set off bright and early at 5:30. We checked the dam again and came across 2 hyenas contact calling, no sign of the lions though. As we drove away something caught my eye and there sauntering down to the water came the 2 male lions! We watched as they walked off into the bush after having a nice drink at the dam. Driving along the road we found beautiful elephants, 3 bulls totally oblivious to our presence. I wanted to show my guests napi boulders as the rock formation i s stunning as we drove, not more than 500 m headed towards us were 2 male cheetahs! Right place right time. We turned around quickly so we could follow them and they were so relaxed around us it was amazing! After scent marking they too headed off into the bush. Incredible to see cheetahs in the park. The rest of the day gifted us with incredible close elephant sightings along with kudu steenbok and zebras. A very rewarding day in the best place on earth.
20 January 2017
Our last day today as we set off on a short drive around fayi loop and then the koppies. We were very fortunate to find a small herd of sable antelope . Magnificent antelope. Before heading back to camp we saw a few cars and there, on both sides of the road were 5 lions with cubs. They were so difficult to spot in the long grass but eventually we saw them not 2 meters from the road! A great safari with lovely guests.
On Safari With Gert
16 January 2017
Today we started a new Safari with Lucas and Talitha from Brazil. After check-in and lunch, the guests enjoyed some relaxing time before the evening Sunset drive in windy and cloudy conditions.
17 January 2017
This morning we started early, again in cool and cloudy conditions, and had a brilliant start when, shortly after entering the Park, we encountered 3 large male Lions! One was walking down the road away from us and the other 2 just a few meters away. Not long after they veered away from the road and out of sight in the dense vegetation, with a few nervous Impala around alarm calling and trying to keep an eye on them. We decided to give them a bit of time and stuck around for a while, which paid off, as after a few minutes the 3 Lions came back out of the bush and two of them went to lie right on the road verge, with the third just a few meters off the road. They were very relaxed and didn't seem to mind the growing attention from the gathering vehicles. The one that was lying in the grass then decided it was time to move on and started walking parallel to the road, stopping again to call his companions and they slowly got up and followed him, eventually moving away from the road and out of sight - a great start to the day! Not much further we found a large bull Elephant drinking and also had a large variety of game, including large herds of Buffalo, Zebra, Impala with many babies running around and a few good Giraffe sightings throughout the day. As the sun started breaking through we saw a couple of large Crocodiles basking on sandbanks in the river. Shortly before exiting the park we were lucky enough to spot a large male Leopard in tall grass under a bush, hiding from the wind. For the most part he was lying quite low, but lifted his head now and then and also groomed for a while, eventually getting up and moving a few meters further away and hiding deeper in the grass; a brilliant sighting to end the day!
18 January 2017
Today my guests and I did a day on the Panorama route exploring all the beautiful sights.
19 January 2017
Today we went into the Park for our final morning safari. First up we visited a large waterhole, where a lone male Hippo was lounging in the water and a large Nile Crocodile basking in the sunshine on the bank. We also got a quick sighting of a male Lion in the tall grass in a drainage line leading to the waterhole. We managed to get another view of him, before he went behind a thicket and got comfortable in the shade. We were then alerted by a colleague who had found 2 male Cheetah not far from where we were and decided to head that way. We were lucky enough to find them in the road, walking towards us! One of the Cheetah went off the road while the other jumped onto a signage beacon, apparently to ascertain if any others had been around, as these beacons are often used as scent marking posts and vantage points. It could also be that they are trying to find a previous companion, as it is a range previously covered by 3 males and today we only saw 2, however, it might not necessarily be the same males at all. In the mean time the 2nd male came back out onto the road next to us and they moved off away from the road and out of sight.. A brilliant sighting, very lucky and a perfect end to a great 4 day Safari!
On Safari With Kara
16 January 2017
Today nature surprised us again with so many special sighting. As we were driving along the road we saw something running in the road in the distance. It turned out to be three Side Striped Jackals. Male, Female and Pup. Not much further I spotted a kill in a tree with a big male Leopard lying in the tree watching over its kill. Which the jackals as scavengers would love to have a bite of. Later on we finally got to see our first Giraffes together. It got all of us so excited we couldn't contain ourselves. The day was also filled with some Zebras which was a big bonus for Julia who loves them.
17 January 2017
Our last morning was quite windy and chilly but some Waterbuck and Impalas filled the quiet spaces. We had breakfast at Pretoriuskop Camp before checking out. And on our way out we got to see a big herd of Buffalos, about 500 individuals crossing the road and circling our vehicle. It ended on a high note again.
20 January 2017
I picked up John and Alvaro from White River and headed to Pretoriuskop Camp inside Kruger. Where we were going to stay for the following three nights . On our way into the park our drive kicked off with a big herd of impalas grazing along the road. Just got our bush eyes tuned into spotting some animals. Later on we got to see some Hippos, Elephants and Waterbuck. On a rocky outcrop two Klipspringers bouncing around on the rock. Our highlight of our first Game Drive was a huge surprise to us all on the last loop we did while the sun was setting and we are on our way back to camp we found a Lioness sleeping in the middle of the road. A great end to the day!
21 January 2017
We had an early start from the camp with light drizzle rain and birds singing. But everything just worked out so well. The cool weather kept the animals moving most of the day where most would go and lay down during the heat of the day. Our first breathtaking sighting was a herd of Giraffes crossing the road and all sticking close together while observing us and posing like models. We also got to see two beautiful male lions, one sleeping under a bush and the other eating grass and moving around. Probably felt a bit sick and grass helps cats with that. Just after breakfast at Skukuza we had 2 wonderful sightings of rhinos in the open. At lunch I picked up another guest, Warren who also has a 3 night safari with me. The afternoon drive was just as exciting, with a new guest and lots of hyenas to entertain us while the sun was setting. The drive ended with some Monkey Business, we arrived at a spot to just hear monkeys screaming and running all over. A big Marsial Eagle was busy trying to grab one of them. Looking for some food. But the monkeys took none of it and soon ran and chased him away.
22 January 2017
Alvaro, John, Warren and I left the camp early and was treated to some monkeys and guineafowls on our way out. It was as if the elephants and warthogs were waiting for us on every corner every time the bush got quiet. Because they were just everywhere. And most really relaxed and just grateful that its not hot. A Yellow Billed kite caused some traffic as we ll while he sat eating a baby Teripin in the road. Trying to eat the shell. But realizing soon after that it won't be possible. We got a peak at a leopard walking in the bush after being spotted by monkeys and lost his chance at hunting an Impala. And the funniest yet cutest sighting we had for the day was a baby Blue Wildebeest testing its limits(weaknesses and strengths) while chasing some impalas while his mother watches from nearby. Some impalas ran away and others wouldn't s tand for it and just pointed their horns his way and he would stop dead in his tracks. Then choose another impala to play with and it started again.
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