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  • Day8

    Skukuza

    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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  • Day8

    Sabi Sands - Day 2

    November 27, 2015 in South Africa

    We were woken up at 5am after an impressive lightening show and sporatic rain showers that lasted throughout the night (and that Nico slept right through). The storm brought temperatures that were dramatically different than the day before. Prepared for another hot day, I wore shorts and a light sweater. However, the clouds never parted and the temperature stayed around 60F.

    The morning started off a little slow with no sightings right off the bat. Our driver must have gotten a call because he quickly threw it into reverse so he could make an earlier turn. He expertly navigated the unmarked roads at 50 km/h and then started to slow as we approached one of the Big 5. Two male lions were lazily enjoying the cool weather. One of them had a tooth hanging out of his mouth; he was most likely kicked in the mouth by a zebra a month ago. Our guide said he was probably doing well without it because the other lion was the dominant one that could hunt for both.

    After watching the lions for a while, we took off to find another member of the Big 5. It wasn't long before we were gazing up a tree at a lounging leopard. He had his front and back legs dangling from the branch as he occasionally shifted his head left and right. We stayed for quite some time and it paid off because we got to see him jump down from the tree and start roaming the bush. There was also a giraffe waiting for us in the middle of the path.

    It was a successful morning! And we were welcomed back to the camp with a hearty breakfast. Shortly after eating, we went on a very informative bush walk to learn about the smaller animals like termites and their useful contribution of eating dead twigs/branches, how wasps create egg pods on trees, and how baboons dig in the dirt to find scorpions for a meal full of protein. We also learned a lot about animal poop and how to identify the originators.

    On the afternoon drive, we were joined by newcomers - two friendly Brits. The lady Brit was a bit anxious for her first drive and to increase her anxiety, almost immediately, we encountered a hyena. While the rest of us snapped pictures, she got closer to her gent and asked our driver to proceed.

    We ventured into the Eastern part of the reserve and came across the next animals fairly quickly. We spotted a Hippo in a watering hole. A solo male elephant was the next of the Big 5 that we crossed off our list. He was quite a bit larger than his cousins we previously met in Thailand. Shortly thereafter, we found ourselves in the middle of a big herd of buffalo (50+) comingling with some rhinos. 5/5. We celebrated with the customary G&Ts. On our way back following sunset, we saw the Hippo out of the watering hole which is very rare.

    In the evening, we enjoyed more delicious food and plenty of wine.
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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

  • Day397

    Krugerpark Part 3

    September 17, 2016 in South Africa

    Nadat we al onze kleren gewassen hebben gaan we de volgende dag weer op pad (wanneer je nog maar één shirtje -met gat- en één broek -met vlekken- over hebt weet je dat het het tijd is om te wassen..). Vandaag willen we op zoek gaan naar leeuwen want naast buffels zijn dit de enige dieren van de big five -de grootste en gevaarlijkste dieren in het park: olifanten, neushoorns, luipaarden, buffels en leeuwen- die we nog niet gezien hebben.

    Weer hebben we heel veel geluk. Nadat we in de verte al buffels hebben gespot zien we bij de rivier twee vrouwtjesleeuwen rusten onder een boom. En even later zien we ook twee mannetjesleeuwen. Bizar om zulke indrukwekkende dieren in het echt te zien. En hiermee hebben we voor het eerst in ons leven de big five gespot, high five! Ook zien we giraffen en nijlpaarden met vogeltjes op hun rug, een krokodil, een roan antilope en vervet monkeys. Weer allemaal zo mooi en bijzonder.

    Ik blijf het ongelofelijk vinden hoe veel dieren we zien. Vooraf twijfelden we nog of het Krugerpark niet te massaal zou zijn en of we niet vooral andere auto's en safarivoertuigen zouden zien in plaats van dieren. Ondanks dat het Krugerpark niet heel avontuurlijk is met zijn asfaltwegen en de vele toeristen, is het wel een geweldige plek om in korte tijd héél veel te zien. Voor ons de perfecte eerste safari, want we gaan zeker nog vaker wildparken bezoeken deze trip!
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  • 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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  • Day8

    Skukuza Camp

    July 18 in South Africa

    Unseren Tag haben wir heute um sechs Uhr gestartet. Ganz früh wollen wir eine Route im Park abfahren, um die Frühaufsteher der Tiere zu sehen. Wir sind gut gelaunt und voller Freude losgefahren. Der Morgen beginnt mit einem schönen Sonnenaufgang und einer ruhigen Fahrt in den Tag. Leider etwas zu ruhig, denn wir sehen fast keine Tiere. Ein paar aufgeschreckte Kudus und Impalas sind das höchste der Gefühle. So sind wir nach drei Stunden wieder zurück im Camp, essen gemütlich Frühstück (Erdbeermilch😊) und planen den Nachmittag.Read more

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