Last Days in Kruger

After our last days in Olifants and Letaba camps, which are in the north central part of Kruger Game Park, we needed to go to the south end of the park to Berg En Dal Camp. Since Kruger is so big, that was over 150 km away. Even further because we would take several side trips to see sights along the way.

Rhino stop

Rhino stop

We went pretty fast down the main road in the central area because there were few animal sightings there. Probably because the area was more arid and less vegetation. We stopped for lunch at a rest area where there were facilities, including a convenience store and picnic area, and had some lunch. We had our first rhino encounter on the main road which stopped all traffic for a few minutes. A male rhino was trying to get closer to a female who had a young calf with her and was having nothing to do with him. She snorted and chased him off several times before they finally got off the road.

Trisha close to elephant

Trisha close to elephant

We had a really fantastic elephant encounter after stopping on one side of a road and an elephant family decided to come around our car as they fed. One female was so close Trisha could have reached out and touched her!

Lion in bush

Lion in bush

We saw on a messaging app that lion males had been sighted only a few km away, so we drove out that way. As we arrived there were dozens of cars and trucks crowded on one section of road with a brush everywhere. We could just barely see the lions through a lot of brush. After waiting several mintues and trying several spots, we never got a clear view to take photos. The one here is about our best shot.

Rhino wallowing in mud

Rhino wallowing in mud

We finally got to Berg En Dal Camp and checked in. We had a really nice chalet-like lodging here which had lots of room for the three of us. After cooling down we went on a sunrise tour and our guide said he was feeling lucky. We hadn’t been on the road 10 minutes and we saw a rhino wallowing in mud, zebra, and close-up elepants! In the next two hours we had several elephant, rhino, giraffe encounters, and a variety of the other more common animals. But, our guide’s luck didn’t include any rarer finds like lions or leopards.

The next morning I went off for one last sunrise search and found a few animals, but we soon had to pack up to head to the airport so we could fly to Port Elizabeth and go to Addo Elephant Park.

The photo album below is a sample of the best photos from the rest of our time at Kruger. Please watch!


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