18 Jan Ultimate Safari in the Kruger Park
You will need to develop a meticulous tour plan to really savor the best that Kruger has to offer. The park extends along the boundaries of Zimbabwe and South Africa. It is home to thousands of species of birds and large mammals. Notable among the larger mammals are lions and elephants which roam the wild with undisturbed demeanor.
On Safari With Gert
7 May 2018
A chilly morning, we left camp at sunrise after an early breakfast.
Our day started of quite well, as not very long into our drive we received rumors of a Leopard that had been spotted nearby. We encountered some other vehicles which had stopped and as it turned out the Leopard was around, but hidden in long grass and thick undergrowth – no visibility except for some movement now and then…
We decided to be patient and wait it out. Eventually it got up and we caught some glimpses of it moving through the undergrowth before losing sight again and then to everyone’s surprise it jumped up into a tree about 15 meters off the road, moving from branch to branch and having a good look around in all directions, trying out a few positions for comfort and in the process providing us with great views, before eventually getting down again and moving away – a brilliant start to the day!
We also got quite lucky with no less than 3 separate White Rhino sightings; 2 solitary bulls; the first fast asleep in a shady spot, the second grazing nearby offering some good views and a small family group grazing in a clearing and enjoying the afternoon sunshine; a great day on Safari!
8 May 2018
We left camp after an early breakfast, with a long day of travelling ahead of us, moving to a camp much further North. As we had much ground to cover, we saw plenty of game along the way, including several large mixed herds of Zebra and Wildebeest as we traversed the central plains, still lush with high quality grazing thanks to the good late rains.
We got quite lucky during the mid afternoon as we spotted a solitary Cheetah moving in the grass, parallel to the road about 30 meters in. It stopped for a break in a shady spot under a shrub where it was very well hidden. Our patience paid off after waiting for a while, as it got up again and started walking right up to us and onto the road right in front of our vehicle! It stood there looking around for a while and then crossed to sit right on the edge of the road, looking around at the vehicles, as by now we were joined by 2 other cars, but mostly staring off into the distance over the top of the grass, most likely looking for its next meal, but also keeping an eye out for other predators. Everyone sat quietly enjoying this amazing sighting for about 15 minutes, before the Cheetah made up its mind and slowly moved on, once getting on a fallen tree as a vantage point before eventually moving out of sight!
That was not all, as we also encountered a pride of 14 Lion, still dozing at first but waking up one by one as it was getting to late afternoon, with a few Elephant moving close by – the smell off them enough to alert the pride. There were several sub-adults as well as adult females and 2 adult males; a nice way to end a long but very successful day!