Visit to Kruger Park, South Africa

We went for to Kruger National park for a long weekend when I lived in South Africa. The drive was very long but the scenery and little towns on the way were quite nice with a couple of stops on the way to stretch.

This is the second picture we took, but I decided it will be the first one on the post because I think it is bright, nice and decent.

Bird with orange beak.  What's its name, again?

Bird with orange beak. What’s its name, again?

You see this next photo? This is the first one I took but I do not think that it is cute or dignified enough to be the first one on the post.  The pile below is not any ordinary organic matter/manure, it is rhino poo loo.   Who knew that rhinos only use one place over and over as their loo?  Now you have learnt something important if you did not know 🙂

Rhino loo

Rhino loo

Kudu (type of antelope)

Kudu (type of antelope)

 

Nyala (?)

Female Nyala

 

White rhino (we couldn't get closer)

White rhino – a rare sight (we couldn’t get closer)

Kitchen at the first camp in the Park

Kitchen at the first camp in the Park

 

Antelope? Crocodile? Bear? Who knows?!?

Antelope? Crocodile? Bear? Nyala? Who knows?!?

 

What's this?  Giraffe, of course!

Yes, you got it right – a giraffe

Blue wildebeest, so called because it looks bluish

Blue wildebeest, so called because of its bluish hue

 

These little animals were everywhere!

These little animals were everywhere!

 

I can't remember the name, but this little fellas like perching on boulders

I can’t remember the name, but these little fellows like perching on boulders

 

Happy hippos

Happy hippos

 

Meerkat

Meerkat.  Too bad it was not standing on its hind feet.  I would have loved to see that.

Bird?  Yes, it's a bird.  I like the sharp blue sky.

Bird? Yes, it’s a bird, beautiful too but I like the sharp blue sky as well

 

Beautiful sunset on our second evening at Kruger

Beautiful sunset on our second evening at Kruger Park

 

Our safari van was just about 5 meters from the lions and yet they were not bothered.  After all, they were born and bred in the Park so they are used to traffic.

Our safari van was just about 5 meters from the lions and yet they were not bothered. After all, they were born and bred in the Park so they are used to traffic. (Sorry, my camera did not do well at night)

I hope you will enjoy my amateur  video of a leopard at night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dg-5Rd3s8

Vultures - not pretty birds but they play their part in the circle of life.

Vultures – not pretty birds but they play their part in the circle of life.

Which photo of zebras do you prefer?

Zebras in a queue

This one?  Zebras in a queue

 

Or this one?  Zebras from the rear view

Or this one? Zebras from a different angle

 

Family of warthogs

Family of warthogs

We videotaped two elephants as we were about to exit the Park.  They wre less than ten meters from our car and the driver was ready to take off in case of any danger.

First elephant enjoying its meal:  http://youtu.be/ZMFMYDKtVMo

Exiting Kruger Park.  Bye!!

Exiting Kruger Park. Bye!!

 

Drakensberg mountain range.

Part of the Drakensberg mountain range.

 

Looks like one of the pictures I used to see in Bible story books.

Looks like one of the pictures I used to see in Bible story books.

 

Colliery - many people (especially opposition political parties) were against money being pumped into this industry.

Colliery – many people (especially opposition political parties) were against money being pumped into this industry.

I like the shadow of the cloud on the mountain

I like the shadow of the cloud on the mountain

 

I had a great time at Kruger, had delicious food and enjoyed my loved ones’  company.

I leave you with this video of this majestic animal which was breaking the tree as if it was nothing.  You should have seen the elephants also stripping bark off trees – awe inspiring.

Second elephant – the one that was in the background in the first video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=–DcYCy2mSI&feature=youtu.be

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. UnderAnAfricanSun
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 07:13:35

    Lovely photos, glad you enjoyed Kruger. Your first bird is a yellow-billed hornbill and the antelope on the rock is a klipspringer, always a treat to see them. Your meercat is really a mongoose, no meercat in Kruger 🙂

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  2. earthriderjudyberman
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 02:26:52

    That kudu – is it a photograph or a painting? Beautiful. I’ve seen some of these animals at the zoo, but it’s got to be awesome to see them in real life. Thanks for sharing, Zambian Lady. 😉

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  3. jedib
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:11:25

    This looks so amazing. My European brain can’t even imagine how awe-inspiring it must be to see all these animal in real life!

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    • Zambian Lady
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:15:04

      Your European brain? Well, my African brain could not imagine what snow looked like before I moved from Zambia 🙂 Seeing the animals in their natural environment is something else.

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      • jedib
        Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:21:19

        Sometimes the actual sensual experience is necessary, despite tv and the internet 🙂

        By the way, you’ve lived in a lot of different places!

  4. Minuscule Moments
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 08:06:34

    I have never been to Kruger and it looks wonderful, photos are gorgeous.

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    • Zambian Lady
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:13:01

      It was a wonderful experience. I had been on safaris before, but only with workmates so being on a safari with family was a different experience all together.

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  5. Zambian Lady
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 13:43:25

    I have not been to other parks in South Africa, but I can only imagine that there must be plenty of wildlife there as well.

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  6. Bill
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 13:32:21

    A fun post. I’d like to visit a park like that someday.
    Pigs prefer to go in the same spot, like the rhinos. Makes clean up easy. 🙂

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    • Zambian Lady
      Jan 13, 2015 @ 13:47:27

      Pigs are that clean? I would not have guessed from their love of mud and dirty stuff. I have learnt something. I hope you have the opportunity to go for a safari one day.

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  7. leggypeggy
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 11:50:32

    Love your pics. I’ve not been to Kruger, but I have visited many parks in the area.

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