Where are all the animals?

Kruger National Park Travel Blog

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Very first picture of a elephant in Kruger

I get to the entrance of the Kruger National Park and get ready to go in I ask how to buy an entrance ticket at the information desk and it turns out I don’t have to get one at the entrance because I am staying inside the park so I can get all the bureaucracy done when I get to my camp for the night. The process of getting access is pretty straightforward the only thing is the guard at the gate just want to have a quick look inside my trunk of the car to make sure I am not smuggling a few hunting rifles into the park. He is not checking very thoroughly so he miss my elephant rifle which I naturally brought so I could supplement my income by shooting a few elephants and take their tusk to sell in the black market.

 

I drive through the gates and here I am - in Kruger National Park - now I am immediately gonna see animals. I start driving and I drive for a minute - nothing - two minutes - still nothing. What s going on here? Is this park absolutely empty from animals has something happened to all the animals? Have they all been shot or what? How come they are missing? It is fair to say I am not happy with the way this is going - I can live with the fact there is no rhinos right next to the entrance gate - but come on there should be at the very least a group of impalas.

 

I drive on getting increasingly unhappy with my misfortunate game drive. Then - right there - 30 kilometers inside the park - finally finally finally. Something is happening - and it is not some stupid impalas - right there next to the road are two decent size bull elephants hungrily eating away at the trees at the road side. I am a bit preoccupied with the elephant but I notice a way down the road is something big crossing the road - it looks a lot like a buffalo in the distance.

Hopeless photo of the first zebras.
So maybe - just maybe - this park is not completely deserted by the wildlife there might still be a bit hanging around.

 

I drive on stopping here and there taking those super poor quality photos you always end up taking on the first game drive of a trip. I take pictures of impalas - which are out of focus - photos of zebras - which you can hardly see between the branches of the trees - pictures of buffalos in the far distance you can barely distinguish.

 

There’s a few highlights along the road - after the first two elephants I drive along for another 30ks or there a bouts and then there is another couple of bull elephants next to the road. Shortly after those elephants I see a big buffalo bull hanging around inside the trees I look at this one for a couple of minutes - which turns out to be sort of a waste of time - because as I drive down the road for another minute and a half I meet a huge herd of buffalos crossing the road to get down towards the water.

Imalas next to the road
They completely block the road and there is no way you can drive through them - so I opt for just staying put and taking photos. This goes on for quite a while and I start losing my patience because I sort of have to keep going if I should make it to my campsite before it closes its gates at 17.30 tonight. Finally there is a hole in the herd of buffalos and I can drive through them.

 

I continue my drive towards my campsite and I am almost there with minutes to spare before it is 17.30. But the road is running along a dry river and there is sort of a traffic jam on this river - cars are driving out to the side of the road constantly and the road is pretty much blocked. I guess I might as well spend my time looking down to the river - and down in the river is a huge herd of elephants walking along with lots of small baby elephant to complement the big females. I sort of spend a most of my reserve time and I finally have to go to the camp - I am not too nervous about getting late because there are at least ten other cars on the road and I seriously doubt they will shot the gate when they can see all these cars still just outside the camp.

I guess I need to wait for a while before I continue driving ;)

 

But in the end I decide to go straight for the camp and I get there in plenty of time before the gates are closing - I mean it is only something like 17.29.45. Lots of time to spare I could have taken at the very least five more photos.

 

I get inside the camp and I am assigned my little hut inside the camp. And then it is about time to think of dinner. I head towards the centre of camp where I head for the best restaurant with 50 miles from here. This process is somewhat helped by the fact there is only one restaurant within 50 miles from where I am and I decide this is probably the place to go eat for the night. Before the dinner arrives somebody tells us there’s a special guest coming by the restaurant tonight - and just outside is a hippo walking around eating the grass during the night. This is a great time to kill the waiting time before you are getting served your meal I think - maybe restaurants in the rest of the world should consider this sort of prediner entertainment?  Well after a while I get enough of watching the hippo and diner is about to arrive - considering the lack of completion in the restaurant business in this area the food is actually pretty good.

Singwedzi river and elephants waling by

halilee says:
Love your sense of humor, great blog! Had me smiling the whole time!
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012
Suusj says:
So jealous of you! Really would like to go there!!!
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
dieforu says:
great blog my friend:-)
Posted on: Nov 23, 2009
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Hopeless photo of the first zebras.
Hopeless photo of the first zebras.
Imalas next to the road
Imalas next to the road
I guess I need to wait for a while…
I guess I need to wait for a whil…
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
Doing what an elephant do best - e…
Doing what an elephant do best - …
Soooooooooooo hungry
Soooooooooooo hungry
Elephants again - now with dentist…
Elephants again - now with dentis…
Dirty elephant
Dirty elephant
Stuffing the mouth full - again
Stuffing the mouth full - again
Liking the dry grass - nice a chew…
Liking the dry grass - nice a che…
Hello
Hello
Confusion - which way is the water…
Confusion - which way is the wate…
Baby buffalo crossing the road
Baby buffalo crossing the road
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
Digging holes in the river near Si…
Digging holes in the river near S…
Singwedzi river and elephants wali…
Singwedzi river and elephants wal…
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photo by: tersia