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I’m almost caught up with posting the Africa trip! Woohoo!!! I’ll get right to it…
A brown snake eagle at sunrise. I absolutely love birds of prey.
One thing I loved about this trip was the amount of jackal we saw. My last trip had only one jackal. This time? We saw well over ten! And many at close distances for long periods of time. This gorgeous little Side-striped Jackal was still a bit groggy from having just woke up. Me and Garrett went out while everyone slept a bit — and our Jackal buddy was definitely made the early drive worth it!
At the lookout near Olifants. One of the few places you can get out of your vehicle. Without fail, every time I’ve gotten out at this lookout I see something. This time a herd of elephant were crossing the Olifants river. So peaceful to watch :)
Towards the end, my brother-in-law, Isaac, got behind the wheel a couple times to get the full experience :) This should give you an idea of how much we get to engage the wildlife!
Driving and then having to stop to wait for an extremely peculiar/interesting/fascinating animal like an ostrich cross? It’s so fun.
These three young siblings were out and about during our Sunset drive at Olifants later that night. So cute :)
People may say their ugly or creepy, but I love vultures.
Crossing the bridge at Olifants on our Sunset drive, this beautiful bull was taking a break for a drink. I could have watched him for hours.
Another incredible sunset while out on our sunset drive :)
On our way to a bush walk the following morning, we got up close and personal with this beautiful male lion! It’s such a special feeling — being right next to such a majestic animal. So grateful for all the lion sightings we had :)
Here’s Isaac trying to prove that if you go out on a bush walk, animals aren’t the only things that can blend in out in the wild :P
On our bush walk, we found a male Cape buffalo — the number two killer of humans in Africa (with hippo being number one). Like an idiot, I didn’t take a single photo (I had PLENTY of time). But I shot some video of him. He was steaming (it was early and cold) and looked as though he was guarding the gates of hell! It was so incredible to see. The above is a screen shot from the video.
My favorite tree out in the Kruger is hands down the Baobab trees.
Out on another sunset drive that night…
The following morning we made our way from the Olifants lodge all the way to Skukuza. We left just before Sunrise. This is just before getting to Satara (for those familiar with the Kruger)…
So far, the trip had been just about the most incredible trip we could have asked for. There were many things that I didn’t shoot at all. There were some things that I only shot video of. We had two incredible leopard sightings, for example, on the last sunset drive I posted about here — but I didn’t shoot at all for the first sighting (just wanted to take it in) and the second sighting I only shot video (which I’ll show later).
We also had Caracal, Civet, African wild cat (looks JUST like a small house cat — only Garrett saw this one. Luckily we all saw one later)… so many incredible sightings that I experienced instead of fumbling about for the right lens, getting it ready, and then the animal just disappearing after I get the shot — with no time to enjoy it for myself. I’m so glad I put the rules of “enjoyment” on myself over the rules of “get the shot!!!” I experienced so much more this time :)
Kruger, how I miss you already. Next year can’t come soon enough…
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