We spent several days and nights in Kruger National Park. It's the big, famous game reserve for a good reason--it has all the animals you'd ever want to see in Africa, just roaming around. This giraffe was nibbling some leaves on a tree at the roadside. I supersized the photos on this posting, so I hope you enjoy the animals!
A Cape Buffalo, chomping the grass along the road.
A male warthog along the road. Those curved tusks are a premium decoration in Fiji. We often saw the warthogs on their knees eating.
The leopard tortoise. These slowpokes were often on the roads and we had to dodge a few. From afar, they look like elephant dung--same size and shape.
A close up of a giraffe eating at the tree tops.
A classic photo of an elephant here. Both male and female have the tusks on African elephants. You must look elsewhere to determine which gender the elephant is.
A female nyala crossing the road. Animals have the right of way within the park.
A baboon crosses the road in front of us. You don't dare rustle a plastic bag with food around them. They can get aggressive and come after the food. Signs are everywhere warning about them and not to feed them.
Some Cape buffalo off the road. Massive mounds of muscle with horns.
A distant hippo at a pool of water.
This was our accommodation at Oliphants camp inside Kruger National Park. Cozy, round rondavel with all the comforts needed for a one-night stay.
We drove nearly the full length of the Kruger National Park and truly enjoyed the wildlife and scenery here. We visited during a severe drought, so the sparse leaf cover let us see more of the animals. In just a few weeks, and after just a few rains, the greenery blocked the view from the road and you'd never see many of these animals just a few feet off the roadside. Even though they are big animals, they can disappear into the bush with just a few steps.