Second day of game driving in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The day before we had managed to see 3 of the Big Five – a couple of buffalos early in the morning, a huge flock of elephants and a leopard to finish with. The second day, we managed to see the last of the Big Five in another exciting game day.
The sunrise was perhaps even better this day!
We caught some zebras in the early morning light..
And an elephant with the biggest pair of tusks I have seen yet.!
Not long after this, the word ‘Rhinos!!’ got around. The fourth of the Big Five was spotted.
We couldn’t believe our luck, that we got to see all the big animals in such a short period of time. After meeting the rhinos we drove on for a bit, came to a crossroad, and look who was lying right next to the road:
She was so close!
While the first lioness stayed still, another female was running around..
..and our driver was doing his very best to keep us in the best viewing position. That was NOT easy!
But he managed! Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous?!
Before we arrived there had been a male lion too, but all our truck saw was him running off in the distance. The rest of the group I was traveling with arrived earlier and were all showing off their gorgeous pictures of him – then again, I was the only one to catch a proper photo of the leopard the day before. No competition of course!
All of that, the rhinos and the lions, was before 9 in the morning, and the rest of the day was actually pretty quiet compared to the day before. So, the drivers had a great idea and took us all up to this amazing viewpoint!
There’s me! Brand new camera with a zoom lens, extra camera, dirty sneakers and a sun hat – yup, this is day TWO of game driving.
And there’s our drivers, taking a well earned rest.
Back down again. Whenever we see this kind of congestion we get excited – someone saw something! Someone witty in our truck said ‘They must have seen some impalas!’ but that wasn’t the case..
It was a pair of sleeping rhinos. Cute!
As I said, the rest of the day was pretty quiet. We ran into an anti-poaching helicopter at the lunch spot which was pretty exciting for me – I may not fly much anymore, but any helicopter still needs checking out.!
We also saw this cool bird..
..and this happy zebra, some wildebeest and some vultures before leaving the park at 4 PM.
Two long but awesome days in the Kruger National Park! I had never been to Africa before, and this was exactly what I had hoped for. After Kruger I left with my group for Swaziland which I’m also looking so much forward to sharing with you!
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