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  • Day8


    May 14, 2017 in South Africa

    Next camp. Still raining. Decided to take advantage of an available bungalow and Cindy's generosity to stay indoors for a couple more nights until the rain subsides. We figure there will not be too many opportunities to sleep in a real bed over the next 5 months so we need to enjoy it when we can. 2 nights here. Went on a night drive with a ranger, but not too many animals except a close encounter with some elephants a couple of rhino and a hyena. Amazing night sky!! And as we were leaving camp to drive to Satara, we saw a pack of wild dogs -- these are extremely hard to see, endangered and at the top of Christy's list for wanting to see -- perhaps Cindy's visit has brought us good luck.Read more

  • Day9

    Sabi Sands - Final Day

    November 28, 2015 in South Africa

    Having already spotted the Big 5, the last drive was for bonus points. Unlike the previous 2 drives, this one did not start slow. Right off the bat, a tower of giraffes. Shortly thereafter, a small dazzle of zebras. Then more giraffes! And not far from them, we saw four juvenile giraffes that seemed to be more aware of us than their taller family members. They stood as still as possible, mimicking the nearby trees, in an attempt to not be seen.

    We drove on and found a large herd of wildebeest. The group included baby wildebeest which are a lot cuter than the adults. One female looked uncomfortably pregnant; our guide said she could give birth that day.

    Not far from the wildebeest, a mama and baby rhino were feasting on grass. It was a day of babies! The baby rhino was only beginning to get one of her nose horns. We were lucky enough to hear her whine to her mom that she wanted milk. Her mom ignored her initially but eventually stopped eating and allowed the baby to get what she wanted. As put by the lady Brit, the experience was delightful.

    Next up, we saw a very large dazzle of zebras which were joined by waterbucks. Waterbucks and wildebeest frequently tag along with the zebras due to their kicking prowess versus the apex predators. Then we approached a watering hole with more rhinos and some marabou stork - the ugly birds seen in the Lion King. That meant we also saw all the Ugly 5: hyena, wildebeest, warthog, hippopotamus, and marabou stork!

    Finally, we reconnected with the male leopard from the previous day who was out for his morning stroll. After the customary coffee break, it was time to head back to the lodge for breakfast and packing. We thoroughly enjoyed our first safari experience at Notten's: the staff was absolutely fantastic and we saw more wildlife than we imagined.

    Our safari driver Geoffrey took us to Nelspruit for a quick flight to Durban. The most exciting part was Rainer struggling with driving on the left hand side. We checked in at the Southern Sun Elengani hotel on Durban's Golden Mile directly on the Indian Ocean.
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  • Day7

    Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    November 26, 2015 in South Africa

    In the morning, we hopped on a small plane for the short flight to Skukuza airport in Kruger National Park. We spotted a giraffe on landing and were picked up with an open-top Land Rover. The 45 minute drive, along which we spotted several Impalas and a Kudu (both antelopes), took us to Notten's Bush Camp located in the Sabi Sands private game reserve directly adjacent to Kruger Park. We took a quick dip in the pool, ate a hearty lunch, and then got ready for the first game drive.

    The 5 of us hopped in a Land Rover with our guide and spotter. Since we were on a private game reserve, access was limited to those staying at the lodges accompanied by the guide and spotter. This meant seeing many animals up close. The highlights from the first drive were a pack a wild dogs, two rhinos, 5 female lions, and a leopard eating its dinner in a tree. In many cases, we were within 10 feet of the animals. After one drive, we were already at 3/5 of the "Big 5:" lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. We stopped to watch the sunset over the savannah with gin & tonics.

    The communal dinner arrangement was also great. We were joined at the lodge by 10 other guests originating from England, Germany and the US. Next up: the morning drive. Departure time: 5:30am...
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  • Day13

    Skukuza Rest Camp

    November 16, 2014 in South Africa

    Für die nächsten 4 Tage im Krüger Nationalparkt haben wir uns direkt im Park, und zwar im Skukuza Rest Camp einquartiert…und zwar in einem Safari Zelt. Anfangs etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber auch nach ausführlicher Suche konnte ich keine Spinne finden. Wir konnten also bleiben 
    Von hier aus erkunden wir den südlichen Teil der Parks und machen noch so manche (Tier-)Entdeckungen. Teilweise hätten wir uns gar nicht auf die Suche machen müssen, denn die Tiere sind zu uns gekommen: Im eigentlich eingezäunten Camp kam uns hier mal ein Warzenschwein entgegen, da mal eine Antilope und direkt neben unserem Zelt (aber zum Glück auf der anderen Seite des Zaunes) liefen abends Hyänen lang…Read more

  • Day13

    Krüger National Park

    March 27, 2017 in South Africa

    Vækkeuret ringede allerede lidt i 5, og vi blev hentet kvart over 5 fra vores vandrehjem.
    Vi havde booket en 10 timers safari ind i Krüger National Park, som er den største af alle nationalparkerne i Sydafrika. Og den er meget stor - over 3000 km vejnet, og hvis vi kørte alle 3000 km og regnede med at kunne se ca. 100 m til hver side, ville vi kun se knap 6 % af hele parken.
    Vores guide, Gavin, hentede os og derefter et andet par fra et Bed & Breakfast inde i Hazyview. Det var samme type åben safari-bil som i Pilanesberg, denne gang var vi dog kun fire personer med, så der var masser af plads.
    Det første dyr vi mødte, efter kun 5-10 minutter inde i parken, var en halvstor han-løve som søgende gik rundt ved vejen meget tæt på vores bil. Det er et flot dyr, og dejligt også at få den at se i dagslys. Derefter fortsatte vores safari rundt i Krüger med et par indlagte spisepauser. Vi så impalaer, flodheste, kuduer, elefanter, zebraer, giraffer, gnuer, en hyæne, krokodiller, bavianer og mange flere dyr. Super fed oplevelse, hvor vi nok fik skudt 600+ billeder og fik en masse fantastiske oplevelser.
    Efter vores safari og et velfortjent bad, kørte vi ind til Hazyview og fik aftensmad på restaurant Nando's, hvorefter vi fik en fyraftens-øl på vores vandrehjem (Gecko Backpackers) med værten Neil, alt imens vi så en rugbykamp i fjernsynet.
    Dejlig dag der får hele 5 stjerner.
    Road trip: 8 km på dagen - 841 km i alt.
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  • Day5

    Zurück in Skukuza

    September 7, 2015 in South Africa

    Es war wieder ein schöner Tag, mit vor allem Giraffen, Elefanten, Nilpferden und natürlich Antilopen ohne Ende.
    Sonnig, bis zu 31° C
    Jetzt weiß ich, warum sie vor Affen warnen. Die stehlen sogar Lkws

  • Day4

    Skukuza Restcamp, Kruger Park, SA

    September 6, 2015 in South Africa

    Angekommen im Skukuza Restcamp. Es war ein herrlicher Tag im Park mit sehr angenehmem Wetter und vielen Tieren (tot und lebendig).
    Habe im Camp Restaurant gut gegessen (wahrscheinlich zuviel 😉) und getrunken (sicher zuviel 😳) und ausgezeichnet geschlafen

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