It’s a strange thing, this love of Kruger National Park – come the winter months with the highveld air getting drier and colder as we move into June and July, my thoughts involuntarily turn toward the bushveld wilderness where we have spent so many relaxing times.
Gerda knows by now to expect me to express my longing, sometimes subtly, other times more direct – “ooh, I wish we were in Kruger” or “did you hear so and so are in Kruger, lucky devils” or words to that effect. Then when she says “don’t you want to book a week for us?”, I naturally react with surprise and reply “what a good idea”.
And that’s how we found ourselves on the road to Olifants camp in early July this year. Surprisingly, we had found space in a standard Olifants camp rondavel in the last week of the school holidays, after finding the rest of July all but fully booked up in our preferred camps. We were lucky to get 5 nights in Olifants and another 3 nights in Lower Sabie and Pretoriuskop.
We go to Kruger to relax ……. and to look at wildlife, This time around I had this odd feeling they were looking at us – animals and birds alike – what do you think?
The Horned Animals
Unhorned and harmless
The Cute Youngsters
The Smaller Animals
The only Disinterested Animal
Even a Reptile
And Birds, of Course
And a tree knot looking like an Owl, looking at us
So if you find yourself in Kruger, or any other Park, looking at wildlife, I’m sure you will find them looking at you as well
9 thoughts on “Kruger in Winter – Looking at Wildlife”
Grr! Now you have stirred up my heimwee for the KNP to painful proportions! What a delightful series of photographs – I simply love the one of the Yellow-billed Stork for it is such an unusual perspective. How wonderful that you were able to get a place at relatively short notice. You must have returned feeling recharged.
Kruger does that to us nature-loving saffers! Glad you like the Stork photo – the colouring of the head and bill is so vivid, I focused on that and cropped the photo as far as possible without losing quality. The light was also perfect at Sunset dam just outside Lower Sabie. We certainly came away recharged!
Such wonderful variety, and so beautifully illustrated!
We are just back home now after our latest trip to Kruger – it never gets easier to leave that place…
Thanks! September/October is a great time to visit Kruger – I’m sure you have lots to share – at least you can relive the highlights through photos and write-ups!
Indeed, Don – there’s enough to keep me busy till the next visit in December.
Wow I can see why you love Kruger, what an amazing assortment of wildlife Don.
It is a very special place and a national treasure! Thanks for commenting