Back to Kruger again
The first time in my life the start for my holiday was delayed more than half a day. Due to electricity outage of the plane we had to stay a night at the airport hotel in Frankfurt until we could start the next day for Johannesburg at noon. I prefer the night flight, but now 14 hours delayed we arrived at Joburg by night. Fortunately we had a great recommendation for a wonderful accommodation close to the airport when we got our car.
We were glad that Kruger was not first on our route through South Africa.
No day lost of our Kruger adventure.4th September
As planned we arrive at Kruger National Park at Sunday 4th September.
It is always very exciting to visit Kruger, our last visit was in 2008.
We arrive at 10 o’clock in the morning at Phalaborwa Gate.
We purchase our new Wild Card, a piece of paper that soon gets my sheet protector and off we are to the park. We are lucky, today is a sunny Sunday with very comfortable 24 degrees Celsius.
The first animals we see right behind the gate are impalas and guinea fowls.
We watch elephants at Masorini,
and zebras near Erfplaas.
It is very dry all over, green grass only were the area is burnt.
At Nhlanganini we see the second of the Big Five during our this year's holiday, a herd of buffalos.
We arrive at Letaba at noon. From the terrace in front of the restaurant there is always a lovely view of the Letaba river bed.
Today there are two elephants, impalas and nyalas browsing in the river bed.
The elephant close to the camp has only one tusk.
With my binoculars I watch a far away giraffe close to the banks.
It is always hard to leave this wonderful place, but we soon are heading for Olifants Camp.
On our way there are more elephants and giraffes and a lot of hippos enjoying the sunny day in spring.
At Olifants camp we get drinks and sweets for a pause at the view point.
The shop is now much bigger and more comfortable as it has been during our last visit.
In addition there is a new terrace at the restaurant which offers a lovely view over Olifants river.
But there is not enough time for the restaurant today and we walk to the view point.
Elephants and hippos in the Olifants river bed!
At N'wamanzi Lookout these two ones are busy with grooming.
Again many hippos are enjoying the sun at the river banks of the Olifants river.
At Olifants river bridge there are crocs in the water. You can see this one walking in the river bed,
whereas the other one just stocks up on some sunshine.
There are elephants in the thick green in the Olifants river bed and more impalas at the river banks.
On our way to Satara we see ellies at Nyamhari waterhole. It was great to watch them rest and drink unhurriedly.
It seems they have a lot of time to satisfy their thirst.
It is always the same when I watch the waterhole at Satara from close to the fence, no animals at all.
Many hornbills are attracting the visitors of the camp. Nice birds and they are real photo models.
This one already started with a lizard for the afternoon.