Heading for the strange trees
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I go out of camp after breakfast using the back entrance which I did not know was there yesterday. Back there is a part of the river which is running next to the camp. Fortunately it is the dry season so I can drive across the road which is probably under water during the wet season. Next to the river are a couple of storks just hanging around in the dry river bank. On the other side of the road is a crocodile next to the last little water hole in this part of the river.
As I am driving up the road I get to see the first giraffes of the trip. The tall princely looking animals are always a fascinating sight when they appear.
Going on the road is kinda interesting even when you don’t see any animals because the landscape in the park is very diverse - at times the vegetation will change within a couple of miles. And as I get further north there is an ever increasing number of one of the strangest trees on the face of the planet - the legendary baobab tree. The tree which grows older than almost any other tree since it is not even fully grown at the age of a thousand years and can live till the age of 3-4.000 years.
The baobab is so strange looking it has created several legends one being that the tree was the most beautiful of all the trees.
I get up to the most northerly most picnic ground in Kruger. It is only a few miles from the borders to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. You can actually drive straight from Kruger into the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique - there’s a separate border control post within the Kruger Park. But I am not having any plans to go visit Mozambique today hence I stay inside Kruger. At the picnic area are lots of guest - some humans but more interesting are the different animals hanging around. There are lots of nyalas going in the outskirts of the picnic area.
There is also a little family of monkeys playing in the trees in the picnic area. Just before I am about to leave one of the female nyalas decide it is time to leave the outskirts of the picnic area and go right through the place. After leaving the area I meet a group of baboons playing next to the road - actually they are not next to the road they are on the road so I have to stick around for a while. I try to go out on a small drive on the dirt roads which should lead to an ancient archaeological spot where people used to live in very ancient times. I can’t find any signs pointing the way to it - and I figure out the reason in a while - the place is not open to the public. But at least there have been an incredible number of nyalas along the way so I don’t feel like I have been wasting any time. It is getting a bit late and considering the low speed limits on the roads within the park it is time to head back towards the camp - I mean you need a bit of extra time if there are something interesting along the road.