Kruger National Park, South Africa

Dorothy and I spent four days in Kruger National Park as guest of my son and his family. We had a wonderful fine and enjoyed every minute with them.

Kruger is among the world's great national parks. It is some 7,600 square miles in area being approximately 220 miles long and 65 miles wide. There are diverse landscapes and environments. Rainfall is greater in the southern parts of the park. There are few roads and visitors are not allowed out of their vehicles except at camps and a few overlooks. Camps are surrounded by stockades topped with electric fences.

The diversity of life is breathtaking as the pictures illustrate. We came within touching distance of zebras, elephants, and crocodiles.

We saw but I didn't get pictures of:

Ostrich;

Hyena;

Shrub Hare;

African Wildcat;

Nyala; and

Meerkat.

Antelope

The most abundant large animal in the park is impala, some150,000.

Elephant, Hippo and Rhino

Lots of elephants and every bit of water deep enough to eover them help hippos. We didn't see rhinos until the last two days in the southern part of the park.

Giraffe and Zebra

After a while, we stopped stopping every time we saw something. It was, "Giraffe on the left" and Elephant on the right."

Primates

There were monkey at the camp we stayed at and at a picnic stop where we had llunch. Baboons came up to the blind at the camp, climbed past the electric wires and sat on top of the blind.

Other Mammals

We were fortunate to see two leopards but didn't see any lions.

Reptiles

Mostly crocodiles but some turtles and lizards.

Birds

Lots of birds, pictures of a few. Don't take my labels as gospel—I'm guessing in most cases.

Insects and Spiders

Some creepy crawlies to keep things interesting.

Flowers and Plants

There were fewer flowers than I expected but it was late summer.

Landscapes

To get a sense of the place. The area of Kruger is referred to as the Bushveld. In some places the brush is thick such that you can not see fifty feet in, in other places it is more open with grass. A common tree is the Mopane tree which has distintive two-part leaves like the wings of a butterfly. Most of the tree as not tall expect near water.

And last but not least, a sunset: