Giant tusks on display
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I finish lunch and even though I am a bit thirsty I canâ€™t really manage the standard
A little further down the river a big antelope show up - I am quite thrilled to see this one - it is a big male kudo. First of all I had never seen a kudo before - but seeing a kudo here in Kruger is special because it is the symbol of the Kruger Park. Everywhere you go inside the park you see the horn of the kudo as a symbol. They are on the coffecups; the plates even on the soap are an imprint of the kudos horns. Hence finally seeing a kudo alive was great.
Driving along I see a rare side - a giraffe - ok maybe the sight of a giraffe is not super unique in Kruger. But this giraffe is behaving strangely - it is eating a bush. Usually giraffe will only eat the leaves of the trees and not bow down to eat close to the ground. But this one is actually eating from a bush - to reach down it need to spread the legs. This is really unusual because a giraffe bending down is vulnerable against attacks by lions. Later I talked with some people about this giraffe - and even though they knew a lot about the wildlife they had never seen a giraffe behaving this way before - so it had to be quite unique.
I drive out on a little side road and after I have gone a bit down the road I meet a couple of bull elephants - they are standing next to the road and having a bite to eat. One of them has got a giant set of tusks. They act nervously when I drive past them. It seems this time around the elephants are more scarred of me and my car than I am of them. This is doing wonders towards curing my elephant phobia. Not much more is happening on this game drive except for a few zebras hanging out next to the road.
I drive to one of the big camps in Kruger - the Letaba Rest Camp - it is famous for housing a little shrine showing tribute to seven dead elephants. These seven elephant were known as the magnificent seven during the 70ties and early 80ties. There claim to fame were giant tusks. Despite Kruger being plagued by poachers from Mozambique during this period because of the civil war in that country - only one of the big elephants were killed by poachers and they even managed to get to the dead elephant before the poachers managed to cut off the tusk and run away with them.
I get ready to leave the camp but before I leave I spend some time to look at the special visitors at the camp a group of small bushbucks are walking around eating the grass inside the camp - I guess they can save some money on the gardeners this way when they donâ€™t have to move the lawns.
I drive out of the camp towards might camp for the night - the Olifants Rest Camp - along the road I see several waterbucks walking around both next to the road and on the road itself. It is getting a bit late so I need to get to the camp - but right outside the camp is a bit of a traffic jam. Several cars are backed up looking for something - and yeah there it is under the trees behind some bushes I can see a couple of lionesses - I wanna take photos now - this is the first opportunity I have had to take photos of lions in the park. But it is pretty dark and I can see the shooter speed on my camera is really slow - hence I need to change the film speed on my camera.