Several months ago, my family and I embarked on an adventurous journey from our home next to the beach in Port Elizabeth, to the beautiful landscapes in Mpumalanga. The road was long and tiring, but the scenery was breathtaking and just made me realise once again, how beautiful our country is! After resting in Bethlehem and Sabie over a period of two nights, we finally arrived at our designated destination – the Kruger National Park. As a photographer who is passionate about nature and wildlife, I was in awe of the beauty that surrounded me. We were very lucky to see hippos, impalas, zebras, wildebeests and elephants (only to name a few) on our arrival. My cameras were always on standby, ready to capture the beauty of God’s majestic creation!
We were fortunate to spend nine days in the Kruger National Park and we spent those nine days in seven different camps. Even though the packing-and-unpacking everyday was quite exhausting, moving around to the different camps definitely gave us the opportunity to see a big section of the park – something that would be impossible to do over a weekend. There was never a dull moment, as I got chased around by a couple of vervet monkeys, got stalked by several ninja turtles and their crocodilian leader (true story) and went for bush breakfasts with the possibility of a predator jumping out of nowhere and preying on us (not that it’s likely to happen, but still...)! I also had a close encounter with a yellow-bellied sand snake and some iguanas I photographed.
We went on two sunset game drives which were absolutely spectacular! A pack of about twenty five wild dogs came running towards the vehicle whilst we were driving! It’s so easy to forget that these magnificent animals are wild, because their behaviour is exactly like that of domesticated dogs. I specifically remember one that jumped up against the vehicle and wagged his tail furiously as if he wanted me to play with him or scratch his belly! He reminded me so much of my own dog, Tala. On our second game drive we came across a couple of hyenas feasting on a carcass the lions had killed the previous night. The strength of their jaws is unbelievable! All we could hear was the cracking and breaking of bones and a blood-curdling laugh every now-and-then.
The last day was bittersweet as I didn’t want to leave such a beautiful place behind. It was lovely to go on sunset game drives, enjoy bush breakfasts and experience the amazing atmosphere at the camps. It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world! South Africa is truly a majestic wonder-world overflowing with a profusion of splendour. As South Africans we are blessed with the beauty that surrounds us.
Thank you :) :) And yes, I couldn't agree more with you Snamfoto - travelling is indeed healthy for the photographer ;)
Beautiful words !
Travel - that is twice healthy for the photographer!
Your pics are very nice. Hope you have many sales coming soon.
Thanks so much for your feedback! :) The Kruger National Park is absolutely wonderful! The best time to visit it is during our winter season – May to July/August. Summer is also not that bad – that’s when we went – but it’s the rainy season and because of all the water pools in the bush/field, animals aren’t really seen at their regular drinking holes that often. It’s still amazing though :)
I live in America and would LOVE to visit South Africa! You did a beautiful job of sharing your adventures. Hope you have many more.
The place where you've been is one of the goals you would like to visit in the near future, I was enchanted by your story, really a beautiful blog!