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Trip Start Jan 05, 2009
29Trip End Mar 12, 2009
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The pool is my new best friend.
With all this in mind, we have had very early starts to the day, rising at either 4:30 or 5am. this has been no problem since I stupidly booked a place with a fan and not AC. Learn from my mistakes and never do this when you think temps will be anywhere near 90F. Please listen to me now...
The trip into Kruger was really great, not everything that I had expected which was a lot, but I really enjoyed it. I forgot how large the park is so when we had spans of 1 or 1.5 hours with no sightings, I was a little bummed but it completely made sense. What we did see were plenty of elephants, giraffe, impala (aka "the McDonald's of the bush" since everyone eats them), lions, waterbuck (aka the "toilet seat"), warthogs, etc. we also managed to catch a glimpse of a leopard fully immersed in a tree. how anyone saw it, i really don't know but they are beautiful no matter how much you see of them.
The best sighting of the day for lion actually occured outside the park just off the highway. I nearly jumped out of the jeep when I saw this fully grown male walking the perimeter of the game reserve. What were the chances??? we turned around and pulled over and Lamby, our guide opened the doors so we could climb the embankment and see him up close and personal. Was that really happening? Was I going to be on the next episode of Untamed & Uncut? How could I say no?
As I climbed the embankment, he was doing that amazing guttural growl that carries for miles and he was looking right at me. He was NOT however licking his chops. We all got within 15 feet of him and he was just hanging out, watching us all and occasionally yawning. His mane was really dark at the edges and he had huge paws (and teeth!). Wow, this was a super score for game viewing. Left aligned photo tag:
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