With a little luck, one can see all
the animals in Kruger Park, especially if you take the night drives offered by
the camps too. We didn't do that this time, but still saw so much!
The views are not always as close up and maybe not as good for taking pictures,
but the animals are there. We saw everything every day except leopard and
we didn't see them in Botswana this time either, although we've seen them in
both places in the past. Here are some of the other animals we saw that I
haven't done letters about.
Wildebeest, such an oddly designed
animal, but an important part of the food chain for the large cats.
Seeing rhinos in Kruger is a real
treat. We hoped this one would turn around, but it didn't.
No, these aren't giant garden
slugs--just a pair of hippos enjoying the cloudy day--outside the water for a
change. That's a crocodile track in the lower left part of the photo.
Most of the lions we saw were at a distance, but we did see some every
day. Once we were so busy looking at a huge herd of buffalo we didn't even
notice a couple of large lions on the other side of the road doing the same
thing! Here are some lionesses crowded into the little bit of shade they
could find. If they weren't looking up, they would blend right in with the
landscape, wouldn't they?
Speaking of blending right into the landscape..........
It's always a thrill to see a
cheetah! Look how well fed she looks!
"So ugly that they're
cute" certainly does describe a wart hog. This big male has great tusks.
Here's another with even bigger ones. When they hide in their
burrows from predators, the mother and young go in first and then the father
backs in the hole so that these big tusks are facing out. You often see
lions with wart hog wounds on them.
Warts and all.........a face only a mother could love!