Kruger and our first encounter with a White Rhino

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

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Took South African Airways to a place called Nelspruit, close to Kruger National Park. I have to say the quality of air travel in South Africa beats the US hands down. Leather seats, free drinks and lunch on a 2 hour flight that cost about $100.

We were going to spend the night in Nelspruit, but in the end we decided it was a bit of a waste and headed straight for Kruger.

We were at the entrance to Kruger for 2:30, but as usual the African service industry was back to it appalling best and it took us a good hour to book accommodation for that evening. The lady who was servicing us would just wander off mid conversation and start attending someone else!

We had a 75km drive to Skukuza Rest Camp that evening. Our first choice, Berg-en-Dal was full.

We saw plenty of wildlife on the way through what was mainly bush land.

Large animals included white rhino, elephant, Burchell zebra and the ever present impala. We saw a group of black looking dwarf mongoose, a martial eagle very close, dark chanting goshawks, lilac breasted rollers, southern yellow billed hornbill and crested francolins.

One car got bluff charged by a huge elephant close to camp. We arrived there at 6pm, even though the gates were meant to close at 5:30pm nobody said anything to us. We went to the in camp deli where we got burger, sandwich, wine and water and although it wasn't top notch food, it was pretty reasonable prices at about $15.
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