Wednesday, 7 October 2009

My Idea of Idyllic Heaven

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is like no other place on earth. 19,000 square Km of nature and wildlife in their natural habitat not effected by the pollution of cities or of the enclosed zoos that so many animals are hostage too. From 6:00am till 8:00pm I explored the land in a Safari truck searching for animals. What was most fascinating was not the actual spotting of the animals but the watching of it in its natural habitat go about its day to day business. Below is a photograph of two elephants post fight, making friends. Amongst some of the highlights were seeing a hyena at night feeding her babies & watching Elephants pulling down trees for food.
The Kruger is so peaceful and fresh. Even though you are confined to your vehicle there is a vast sense of freedom. The rush of excitement of seeing something ensures you won't be board.
I travelled to the Kruger about 12 years ago just after the horrendous floods in Mozambique and it was amazing to see the transformation of land. Last time the trees were torn to shreds and the roads were flooded. Now it looks a lot more healthy, however due to the Hot Climate and lack of rain the agriculture looks slightly brown.

We managed to spot the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo); with 5 spotting of lions. One spotting looked like the scene from The Lion King when Simba is stood on the edge of a rock in the distance. The photograph above shows one of our lion spottings. She was so close and so beautiful.

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