Kruger National Park
Im not even sure where to begin. SB was amazing but i guess it is appropriate to start with the airport. School ended on Friday. I had 3 papers due so it was a long week leading up to break but i was so happy when it came. We flew out Friday night. Cape Town to Johannesburg. We stayed the night in Joburg and bright and early we got picked up and made the very long trek out to Kruger National Park. We got there and had our first game drive while making our way to our campsite.
This first drive was incredible. It started out slow, i didn’t know what to expect, would animals be close or far. All over the place or hidden behind trees but as we drove we started finding more and more animals. Impalas and other deer and antelope like animals were everywhere. They are beautiful but after seeing so many they lost the charm they had on the first day. We also saw elephants, giraffes, tons of baboons, water buffalo and the hardest to spot a leopard! It was incredible within an hour or 2 of being in the park we saw 3 of the big 5. The big 5 are the animals to see in South Africa they are elephants, lions, water buffalo, leopards and rhinos. These 5 are also represented on the 5 bills of South Africa’s currency (rand).
We got to our camp which was made up of a small area with several tents. We were sleeping in tents but we weren’t roughing it too bad. We had mattresses and a chef so once dinner was ready we ate very well. That night we were exhausted from all the travelling but i stayed up and watched a Bafana Bafana game in the restaurant down the road from our campsite. They won so it was a lot of fun and after that i passed out.
Next morning we were up at 5:30 am and on the road at 6. That morning was really cold but really nice we saw another member of the big 5; Rhinos! After the morning drive we had another wonderful home cooked meal. Then we packed up and headed off to our next camp. The next camp was the same set up. All the drives and days kind of blur together at this point but we saw so many amazing animals and so many beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The pictures really speak for themselves.
Highlight had to be seeing lions. We saw a male and female lion they were beautiful and we even saw them mate! And then hours later we saw the same couple mate again and this time much closer! I don’t want to sound perverted or anything but the whole thing was very cool, very national geographic.
For our last night in Kruger we actually drove out of the park and stayed at a lodge. It was beautiful, real beds and air conditioning, much more luxurious then the tents. More great food and we even got to sleep in til 7:30! We had breakfast in the morning and then made the long journey back to Joburg. When i say long i mean long. We were in the car something like 11 hours on the way back, 3-4 of which we were in Joburg but were driving around dropping people off. I was going crazy in the car but we finally arrived at our hostel after getting lost of course. We ate and slept and woke up the next afternoon to make our way to Durban.
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