Day 1 Pretoriuskop
So the time finally arrived for us to go to Kruger. Our first destination was Pretoriuskop so we decided to enter our Kruger 2012 adventure through Phabeni gate. After we did our last minute shopping at Nelspruit, we reached Kruger at 11:00.
Check in went smoothly. We were welcomed by very friendly staff as usual.
It was hot and what we loved mostly, was the clear blue skies and sunshine. We missed that, as it's raining and clouded most of the time in the Netherlands.
The kids got their binoculars and cameras ready, we drove slowly through the gates and all eyes were on the bushes. What will we see first? Impala's of course.
And they were so tame. You could almost touch them while passing by.
We took the S3 down to Pretoriuskop and saw some buffalo's, zebra's, kudu's and a beautiful brown snake eagle. We arrived 1,5 ours too early for check in, so we decided to walk around camp and enjoy the bird life.
We are not very good at bird names, so I hope that the identification of these birds is correct. Please tell me when I'm wrong. The first bird we saw was this little scarlet-chested sunbird.
We saw these brown-headed parrots as well. They were all over camp. Never seen so many parrots in one place.
We went to check if there is water at the swimming pool and were pleasantly surprised to see lots of monkeys playing there. We sat on a bench and enjoyed them for more than an hour. They were so entertaining.
There were only 2 baboons. A mom, minding her own business and a little one. He looked a bit bored and decided to play with the monkeys. We were amazed to see how some of the monkeys tolerated him. One even played with him. After a while the monkeys started to get irritated, but he just kept on going. It was so entertaining to watch.
A great welcome to Kruger.
Here is a little video clip to see their interaction
We got the key to our hut, number 48. A huge 6 bed hut, close to the bathrooms and almost next to the fence.
We had to be ready for our first sunset drive and at 16:30 so we decided to make some hamburgers before we left. Our first meal in Kruger was delicious with real boerewors hamburger patties.
I will tell you more about our night drive in my next installment.