So here another Kruger report begins:
This time we flew right up to KMIA (a very pleasant and airy airport) from Johannesburg. It was short flight from Joburg, just under one hour and although the flight was a little bit bumpy it was a wonderfully relaxed way to start the Kruger trip we were waiting for such a long time ( well it seemed a very long time for us
We stayed near Hazyview for the night, and the next morning after all the necessary shopping in Hazyview, we are finally entering Paul Kruger Gate at 1 pm.
Day 1- 30.10.
It is a hot day 41 ° C . So not too many animals around, but we had a committee waiting to greet us right after entering: Warthogs.
Of course the ever present Impalas and even some Kudus were on our way to Skukuza.
Rondavel # 3. A nice surprise as it is the same we stayed in last time. It has a closed verandah and therefore no problems with Baboons or Vervets.Moreover it’s far away from the Restaurant and Shop area so very quiet.
After we moved in it started to rain, no, it was pouring . While preparing ourselfs for our first drive a thunderstorm began and we had in all three power failures, but always the power was back on really quick.
We left the camp while it was still raining,but that did not matter at all. Rain in Kruger always creates very special scenery.Like dramatic colours of the skies,
Impalas licking their wet fur.
And after the rain stopped it is so beautifull to see the first rays of sun again making their way through the clouds.
Animals like this Leopard turtoise are drinking from puddles in the roads.
To our surprise we saw quite some Burchell’s Coucals (during our previous stays we only discovered one of this great birds) .
Some of them seem to enjoy that kind of weather and tried to let their feathers dry sitting on the trees.
Even felt so refreshed that they got something else in mind.....
(pic by Francolin)
We really saw a lot of birds, maybe because they were able to find more insects after the rain.
That was something we discovered a couple of times again later during the trip, we had our best 'birding days' during or after rain showers.
On the way back to the camp we met our first Rhino on this trip.
But as soon as we saw it it turned around and went back into the bush.
The rain and thunderstorm did not really cooled down the temperatures . It was a very humid and warm evening and soon after we went to bed we could here some thunder again.