OK, you know you are suffring from a serious bout of krugeritis fever (otherwise known as Obsessive Compulsive Desires to be in the Kruger Park-aka OCKP fever) when you:
1. You are so eager to get to the Park that you leave your primary 500mm Lens behind in Johannesburg, and only realise it when you are a close to the Park.
2. You don;t take a plate with you to eat.
3. You forget your cell phone charger behind.
4. You have a fear of Elephants and yet you book some nights in the North of the Park in the hope that you will see some big tuskers.
Leaving that lens behind was to be a real impediment, as it meant having to use my 300mm lens plus telecoverter, which does affect the quality of photos. (an explantion-I do not keep this lens in my camera bag as it is too big, so I keep it elsewhere-and when I did the checking for the trip-ticking off photographic equipment meant ticking that the bag was ready, but I forgot the big lens-for those interested, I have given myself a super big prize-PRIZE IDIOT) Rationalising time-I am in the Kruger to enjoy some outdoor time, relax in God's wonderful creation, and simpy marvel at the diversity of life to be found here, which is the title of this TR and not primarily to take photos. So, photographic challenges side, I was able to spend an extra long weekend (though OCKP sufferers deny that this should be called extra long weekend, as it is never long enough) from 27-31 Oct. Two nights in Letaba and 2 nights in Pretoriuskop, some wonderful sightings which I shall share in this TR.
I met 4 forumites during his time, and it was wonderful to meet them all, and I was able to chat to all of them for quite a long time. Good to have met Skopsie from Tzaneen, Wilddreamer and her SO and Shirleymargate and Fransmargate. In typical Forum goodwill, Frans and Shirley offered me coffee which I did not take, seeing that I already had 3 cups, and you do not want to be going around with a full bladder in KNP, especially not when you are suffering from OCKP fever.
Let me start with some photos of a wonderful experience outside the park, en route from Tzaneen to Phalaborwa, and saw a signpost-"2000 year old Boabab"-3.5km. Suppressing the OCKP fever somewhat, I opted to go have a look, seeing that I love Baobabs. What a good decision, there it was. And what it made it even more wonderful is that you can enter the trunk of this tree. Well, imagine being inside a 2000 year old tree. I reckon it was big enough to house a bed and a cupoard and maytbe fridge. And it is still growing
The entrance to the Boabab trunk-very therapeutic exercise-it assured me that I am still thin enough to enter
The view from the inside
The inside-these are the roots-notice the light
And if you are adventurous enough, you can climb this tree. I did not, as the OCKP fever was getting stronger by now.
Well off to KNP.