Welcome aboard everyone
I am processing as many photos as fast as I can. As you know I am still an extreme beginner at image editing and at photography in general so please bare with me
So let me start by saying that this trip was a trip full of firsts for me.
1. It was the first time that I went to the Kruger without someone older than me. Ie. My parents.
2. It was the first time that I drove there and back.
3. It was the first time my girlfriend had ever been to the Kruger properly and she was very skeptical as to whether she would enjoy it or not.
4. It was the first time that I have ever gone to the park with a yellow ribbon
5. It was the first time that I have ever met a forumite.
6. It was the first time I have ever seen an actual kill
(More about that later)
7. It was the first time I have ever seen a certain animal
8. It was the first time I was using my own camera and lens that I bought
9. I bought my first bird book and I tried to make as much use of it as possible
Im sure I will think of more first and will add them later
So we left Pretoria at 2:30am on the way, we saw a serval run across the road
We eventually arrived at Malelane gate at 6am and we could not wait to get into the park. I did all the paperwork, set up the camera, and we were in.
The first day was set to be a long one as we we staying in Lower Sabie but we had to drive to Skukuza first to meet a friend. So off we went. Of course, the first animal we saw was:
On the way up to Skukuza we saw 2 (apparently) very rare birds. A sooty falcon and a Madagascar cukoo. The were both unfortunately too far for photos. We carried on and saw our first traffic jam
The cause of this jam:
It was the famous Skukuza pack of 20+ dogs. An amazing sighting to get the trip started. We then got to Skukuza, met our friend, I bought my bird book, and we were then off to Lower Sabie.
On the way we were treated to these two ladies chilling on the rocks. They were very far away but a great sighting nonetheless
Nearing Lower Sabie we saw some impala calves feeding
We then got to Lower Sabie to start the braai and settle in after a long yet successful first day