Kruger National Park

27-31 May 2004

 
     
  We decide that the ideal place to celebrate my birthday would be in the Kruger National Park, so early Friday morning the 28th we headed East and arrived at the new Phabeni gate midmorning and headed towards Berg-en-Dal camp where we would spend the first night. This time we decided to do things slightly differently and were going to actually make note of our sightings.  We usually just drive by the wildlife, take pics and carry on again.

We also started recording our bird sightings on the Robert's program on the laptop, We didn't record every bird sighting, just the larger birds and started off our list with 36 sightings.

On Saturday morning we headed out to Crocodile camp, stopped at Lower Sabie and then headed up to Skukuza where we were going to stay Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Sunday evening we went on a sunset game drive . A friendly tip, dress WARMLY, it can get freezing cold on the open vehicle, even in summer time.

Early Monday morning we hit the road again and arrived back home at midday!

We have booked to go to Kruger again over Christmas, but might even go camping there when it gets warmer again.

below are some of the pics I took, please click for a larger version and mouse over the thumbnail for a description.

 
 
 
  These are our sightings over the three days in order of sighting.  Mumber of animals in each sighting not counted.  Impala's are so plentiful that I have just listed all the different sightings that day! Bird sightings not listed.  
 

28 May

29 May

30 may

Night drive-30 May
Giraffe
Zebra
Hippo
Zebra
Leopard tortoise
Zebra
Buffalo
Giraffe
25 Impala sightings
 
Gnu
Giraffe
Gnu
Elephant
Warthog
Hyena
Monkeys
Giraffe
Warthog
Crocodile
Hippo
Monkeys
Giraffe
Warthog
32 Impala sightings
 
Kudu
Bushbuck
Baboon
Hyena
Squirrel
Waterbuck
Giraffe
Zebra
Waterbuck
Gnu
Kudu
Waterbuck
Zebra
Buffalo
Waterbuck
Banded mongoose
21 Impala sightings
Kudu
Hyena
Elephant
Hippo
Kudu
Leopard (briefly)
Lion
Hyena
Lion
Elephant
7 Impala sightings
 
 
 
 

 

       
 

Peek-a-boo! Giraffe looking down on the world.

Ground hornbill, looking fierce!

Tent at Crocodile camp

Hyena, pic taken in early morning light

 
           
 

Impala ram, check the Macdonalds "M" on the rump

Rondavels at Skukuza

River view from Skukuza viewing deck

Beady eye

 
           
 

Kruger Park sunrise

Nibbling on a snack

River view before sunrise, you can see two crock eyes sticking out of the water.

Zebra with oxpecker birds

 
           
 

 

Lion pic taken with flash during night drive.