Self-Drive Safari Through Kruger – Day 2

Kruger Park is not exactly the place you go to catch up on your sleep. Since we had only budgeted for two days of safari, we were up bright and early the next morning. We decided to do a morning drive, then head back to our campsite, eat breakfast and shower, and then check out. Then we’d spend the day in the park, and leave through the southern Crocodile Bridge Gate just before sunset.

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We were greeted by a herd of impalas as we drove out of our campground



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A few zebras enjoying the coolness of the early morning

We drove up towards a watering hole, parked there, and waited. Lucky for us, we did not have to wait long to see a herd of elephants come by for a drink.

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It did not take long. They drank, then headed off into the bush to graze.

We saw them again as we drove down the road! The morning light was wonderful for taking photos, and we were fortunate to see almost no other cars.

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Our second day on safari, we spent our time trying to get closer photos of the animals, and lucky enough for us, often they complied!

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More impalas



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More zebras



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Buffaloes



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A Masai Giraffe



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Rhinoceros



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Bush Pigs (smaller than warthogs)



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Helmeted Guineafowl



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An elephant, engrossed in foliage



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Is it still called a 'gaggle' when the geese are Egyptian?

The trouble with hippos is that they stay far away from people during the day. They prefer to be deep in the mud in a watering hole somewhere.

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We were lucky enough to catch these ones yawning!



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This is the closest we saw hippos in the daylight. Lumps in a watering hole.



Our closest experience with any animal on our safari would have to be this giraffe. We were driving down a road in the park and he was just slowly walking down the road. We crept behind him for about 20 minutes. There wasn’t another car in sight the whole time we were with him. It was a really special experience.

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One last look back as we drove off to find more animals.



Seriously, we couldn’t get enough of elephants — there were so many! And this one was quite funny…

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Crossing his legs



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Posing for the camera

Of course, no safari is complete without the token photo of the African veldt:

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A few more animals to bid us adieu as we leave the park.

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A couple of lions on the right, lazing on the steps by the Crocodile River, and on the left, a rhinoceros on the other side of the river



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Our final view as we left a wonderful adventure

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