We have finally processed a reasonably small collection of quality photos from our first two days at Kruger National Park that are ready for sharing. This first album (at the bottom of this post) has a little over 60 photos and shows some of the best shots of the many different kinds of animals our daughter Trisha was able to see on the first two days. This collection does not include photos from our night guided tour (including our leopard sighting), or our two guided safari hikes. I’m saving those for later posts.
We started out the day by flying from Johanessburg, South Africa. Then picking up a car at the Nelspruit airport (the closest airport to Kruger). We were surprised to see that the local people near Nelspruit had a slightly higher standard of living and better housing during the long drive north before we entered at the Orpen gate on west-central part of the park. Kruger National Park is over 340km from south to north, and about 60km wide east-west in most places. It’s big!Once in the park, we started driving to Olifants Camp which is where we stayed the first night. We had 4 hours or so before checkin time, so we started driving and looking for animals. By the time we arrived at the camp 4 hours later, Trisha had already seen gnu, impala, warthogs, giraffe, steenbok, zebra, teripen tortoise, waterbuck, leopard tortoise, elephants, and a huge variety of birds. Yeah, this park has a lot to offer! As you will see in the album below, we saw even more animals over the next couple of days (including the crocodiles we shared earlier). Some other highlights seen were hyena, baboon, lots of hippo, kudu, rabbit, hares, more birds, and cape buffalo. Here’s a nice shot we got of a hippo with a big yawn. We aso saw some fantastic scenery, including a famous old baobab tree in the park, sunsets, classic african trees and bush, rivers, creeks, and watering holes, and plenty of dirt roads.
Please take a few minutes to look through just a sample of the hundreds of photos we took in the first couple of days. Make sure to choose the full-sized version. We had some awesome animal encounters that will forever be imprinted on our memories.