After a early walk and breakfast, we began our half day drive to Kruger National Park. We retraced our drive past The Three Rondawels, then began to descend through another canyon to the lowveld. We passed many plantations of fruit trees into scrub forests. Beyond the private game parks that surround the park, we entered the Orpen Gate, to the central region of Kruger. Our destination was the Satara Rest Camp. Though we would need to only drive 45 km, we spent nearly 3 hours as one scene after another stopped us along the road.
Impala, zebra, gnus, African buffalo grazed within visual distance of us and our cameras. Birds of all descriptions went about eating, building nests, sunning themselves, and establishing territories. Baboons, hippopotamus, and crocodiles remained across the river at safe distances. A pack of elephants knocked over trees feet from the road in order to get to the top leaves. Giraffes hid themselves behind trees from which they grazed. As sunset neared, we came across three lions and as many hyenas marking their territories. The rain that had been falling in the distance, made for a blazing sunset to the west and rainbow to the east. And, this was all in less than a half day of safari! Our socks were going up and down!
P.S. Sorry for being so delayed in posting these. Our internet service has been as remote as our safari trip.