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South Africa-Travelogue  |  Travel time: March - June 2007  |  by Sandra Goritschnig

South Africa: Kruger National Park

I did a 4-day organized tour to Kruger park with Livingstone trails, very nice, can very much recommend them.
They picked me up at the hostel in Jo'burg, it was a very international group with people from Italy, USA, England, Ireland and Poland (where were the Germans this time?
Our first day brought us past the Blyde River Canyon (very picturesque, totally deserves being hiked through during a four day trip... next time...) to a nice little traditional african village at Mafunyani, where we stayed the night and were fed a nice African meal (consisting of pap, mashed squash and chicken), mmmhhh.

Burke's Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon

Burke's Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon

The three rondavels, Blyde River Canyon

The three rondavels, Blyde River Canyon

Mafunyani cultural village, the visitors lodge where I stayed the night

Mafunyani cultural village, the visitors lodge where I stayed the night

kids preparing for a dance performance

kids preparing for a dance performance

an African meal, was really good

an African meal, was really good

ok, off to Kruger we go in the morning. I will add more pictures at a later time, it seems that the various internetcafes are always dying on me when i upload too much.
anyways, we first went to a cheetah breeding project in hoedspruit, at least there you get to see the kittens from close up.
our camp inside kruger was a number of permanent tents just inside orpen gate. compared to hluhluwe i would say that basically due to its much larger size it is a lot more difficult to spot animals other than impalas. However, on our daydrive we spotted some lions hunting for impalas (unsuccessfully), a big herd of elephants and some cute hippos (mama and baby). my close up pictures were taken through the binoculars, interesting how it works...
I also did a Morning walk and that was quite cool, two guides with big guns and we looking for rhinos and lions. Unfortunately again the lions had decided to overnight a few kilometers off our walking area (from where we could hear them roar, and there's quite some force behind a lions roar, forget about MGM!) and from the rhino we only saw footprints (which is probably good, considering it was a black rhino's footprint, and those bastards are vicious!). So, not much to see, it should be much more exciting to go on a proper few day wilderness trail as they offer in all the National Parks. One last highlight on the way back to the camp: the leopard! So, all in all, I did see all the Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard.
Off to Southeast Asia!

happy hippos!

happy hippos!

leopard!!! (tortoise) - one of the small five!

leopard!!! (tortoise) - one of the small five!

elephants, of course

elephants, of course

two lions hunting for impala (without success I might add)

two lions hunting for impala (without success I might add)

probably not my best picture of a nice kruger sunset

probably not my best picture of a nice kruger sunset

morning walk, heavily armed

morning walk, heavily armed

who would have thought: giraffes and I have the same shoesize!

who would have thought: giraffes and I have the same shoesize!

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The trip
 
Description:
Very exciting times ahead, I'm gonna do a trip around the world! Starting from London I'll do South Africa, Singapore and South East Asia, Newzealand and the North American West coast and back to London. Wow! I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!
Details:
Start of journey: Mar 03, 2007
Duration: 4 months
End of journey: Jun 20, 2007
Travelled countries: South Africa
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Cambodia
New Zealand
Canada
The Author
 
Sandra Goritschnig is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 13 years.
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