This weekend we spent fourteen hours in Kruger National Park; although we did take note of a few plants along the way, the featured organisms were much larger, hairy and itinerant in nature. Alfred, our knowledgeable safari guide, was able to introduce us to not only the “big five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros), but also a dozen more besides. Words cannot quite capture the experience as well as pictures, so I will let them do the talking:
Raring to go… the truck offered a great view of the animals, but we had to hold on to our hats when Alfred zoomed from location to location.
Impala were some of the first animals we saw at Kruger, and seem as common as whitetail deer in a yard full of hosta.
The proof is in the picture: Dr. Lyons did in fact partake in this adventure!
We were rewarded for our 5:30 am start on Sunday by finding these lions soon after entering the park.
We saw several elephants along the road; they are known for pretending to charge vehicles. As long as you didn’t back up, they would leave you alone.
After so many years of pronouncing zebra as, “zee-bra”, we discovered that we actually should be saying, “zeh-bra”. So here are a few of the “zehbra” we saw along the way.
Several rhinoceros were spotted by the group, but we were not able to see any close to the vehicle.
After beginning to doubt whether we would meet this member of the “big five”, we came upon some standing in the middle of the road. This fellow was hiding in the bush.
Alfred standing in an elephant footprint; he wears a size 10, so we decided that an elephant would wear size 20.
Why did the elephants cross the road? According to Alfred, they were heading to the river.
Our last animal of the day; we had nearly lost hope of seeing a giraffe up close. But thanks to Alfred, we found one grazing on an acacia tree right up next to the road.
A successful safari adventure completed!