The Start of a Long Holiday
Trip Start Feb 19, 2006
785Trip End Oct 24, 2014
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Just after 11am we arrived at the Punda Maria gate. Kruger National Park is fenced on the South African side but not fenced on the Mozambique side. During this time of the year there is a high risk of malaria in this area, so we were taking malaria pills. Being such a huge park, there is a variety of habitats and flora
As soon as we entered the gate, I had my eyes peeled looking for animals. The northern part of the park is generally quieter with animal sightings than the southern part. It took us just over an hour to get to the camp. The speed limit in Kruger is 40km per hour. Along the way to the camp we stopped many times to look at and identify many various birds. Finally we did see some animals, although the first animal was a dead buffalo. There was not much left of it, just bones and skin. Then just before the entrance to the camp we came across a steenbok. It was just by the road and busy eating grass.
We checked into reception and choose a campsite right by the fence. We were one of only a few people camping here. I learnt that Paul prefers to camp on the fence – so we can see animals walk past
During the next four hours we saw kudus, an elephant, impala, tree squirrel, nyala, slender mongoose, grysbok and reedbuck. We saw some birds that I know and many new species. Overall a great day of sightings and this was only the beginning. Just before the gate closed at 6:30pm we arrived back at camp. The fire was lit and as we waited for coals to cook our dinner, we sat and enjoyed the sounds of the bush. We also frequently shone our torch on the fence to see if there were any animals. Paul heard a noise above us and shone his torch – it was a Greater Bush Baby. This was a new animal for me to see in the wild.