Although not seen all at once, we
did see some unusual things every day. This baobab tree had a huge trunk
and it's convolutions were interesting.
We didn't get a clear view of this
elephant so that we could take a good picture of it, but we could easily
see that he was spectacular! His tusks were magnificent--the biggest we
had ever seen! Later, in the museum, we saw that he was listed as one of
the largest 'tuskers' still in Kruger. His name is Xamariri and is thought
to be in his 50s or 60s.
Sorry for the bushes in the way
there. So that you can see that his tusks would extend beyond the end of
his trunk, I have colored in the tusks and the trunk--he was putting some leaves
in his mouth. What a thrill to see him!
We thought this crocodile we looked
down on from a bridge was big at about 13 feet/4 meters.............
.................but when we saw
this one, we were all astounded. He had to be over 7 meters/22
feet!! None of us had ever seen one so large. He doesn't look so
different but was probably 100 yards/meters away on the other side of the river,
and believe me, he was enormous!
These next two pictures were the
most disturbing thing we saw. There are many lions in Kruger Park that
have contracted tuberculosis from eating diseased buffalo. It is a serious
problem for the survival of the lions in the park. This lioness was so
pitiful--she could hardly move--that it was painful to look at her. Some
feel I shouldn't include it, but it is a part of nature in the park and we have
to recognize that all is not paradise, but there are problems too. A park
ranger who was nearby with a group when we saw her felt that she wouldn't last
another day. She came up out of a gully and crossed the road with such
difficulty. She had obviously not eaten in a long time and her coat was
So as not to end this letter on
such a sad note, here is a lovely sunset reflected in the water.