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kruger park #002

the Kruger Park is without a doubt a gorgeous place, not as savana as i would have expected after last year visiting the Gorongosa Park in Mozambique, but still so exciting, searching for all t«of the BIG FIVE or not, was a challenge, it exhausts you because it seems like so much land for only four pairs of eyes! we were very lucky though because apparently eventhough it’s normal to see so many animals, not everyone gets to see so many of the BIG FIVE in one visit. usually december is not the best time, the grass and bushes are very tall at this time of the year… but i guess when you’re not expecting much, when things have happened that make you just wish to have good fun with you boyfriend, sister and friend, i guess the animals didn’t mind showing just to make our weekend so much better!

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there is a giraffe behind me!

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a whole family of zebras

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a sleepy rhino

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another hypnotized bambi

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a funny and ugly couple of pumbas… ok so their technical name is WARTHOG, but to me they’re just pumbas!

now prepare yourselves for the master, the king of the animals, ladies and gentleman, i give you MR. LION KING!

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the lovely royal couple enjoying the breezy shadow on a very hot morning… just in case you think the pictures have the zoom on, not really, we were about 7 meters away from them, the thrill of seeing them so close was something i cannot explain, they look fierce, strong, owners of the land… but in a way they looked very cute!

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in the eye of the… crocodile!

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and a turtle on the rocks!

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again the bird that pees

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another bird, which by the way was also 2 meters away from me and was so huge i’m sure it took take your head off with that beak!!

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we found this lagoon without expecting it and guess what we found IN the lagoon… HIPPOS!!!! see the lumps in the water? ok, so we had binoculars… we even saw them get up, yawn and get back in the water.

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the tree in the middle of the lagoon was also full of nests of different time of birds

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and there she was again, hiding but still so curious!

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this is a KODU… family of the bambis i think, with just a meaner face!

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mommy and son. 

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our cabin in the SKUKUSA CAMP

 

and just before we left the KRUGER PARK, we had an amazing, exciting, almost scary moment…

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right there next to us, they passed, on with their business, took their time, ate a bit (apparently elephants have a really bad digestive system making them spend all their time awake eating… this way they’ll digest all day and get filled up all day. ah an another detail, zebras have also a really bad digestive system, they fart a lot and that’s why you’ll never see a think zebra… they hold a lot of air!), looked around them,

and headed home… and so did we.

kruger park #001

it wouldn’t be africa,without a safari.

our way of dealing with these past sad feelings was not canceling our weekend at the ZOO, more precisely at the KRUGER PARK, two nights in the middle of nowhere in South Africa with a few cars, a few people, astonishing landscapes and guess what… animals, animals, animals.

now i know why my father never let my have the elephant i so much wanted and wished for, or a giraffe, or even a tiny lion… dad, you did the right thing by not giving me these “pets”. but you know what, i saw them, almost all of the animals we could see at the Kruger, we saw! just one was missing… Mr. Leopard, he hid very well from us and almost from everyone because on the TODAY and YESTERDAY charts there were almost no leopards to be seen.

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our houses at the KRUGER’s BERG-EN-DAL lodge, very dingy looking, stopped in time back in the sixties, needed a bit of a refreshing new look, big and filled with creatures

after a somwhat wierd night we slept for 4hours and woke up very early to catch the safari caravan at 4:30. we were just waking up and so were the animals.

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Mr.I-PEE-IN-MY-LEGS-BIRD is a odd creature, this bird pees on his legs so that they become white rather than being black like naturally so that the sun doesn’t feel so hot, and also to stop parasites to adopt his legs as home-sweet-home… kinda smart if it didn’t involve peeing on yourself! but oh well… 

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Mr.CROCODILE wasn’t so brave as i would imagine, he simply ran away when he saw us passing above him on the bridge, it took a sharp eye to see him and seconds for him to run!

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Mr. and Mrs BAMBI were very kind to us, they belong to the largest family at the KRUGER LAND so everywhere we went there they were, eating, getting themselves hypnotized by the sound of cars, they didn’t move and we got to the point of not even writing on our map that we saw them… after all the other animals i guess a few bambis weren’t so exciting.

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Miss.GIRAFFE, now that’s a cute girl! i always thought of them as the princesses of savanas, they look so cute when they eat and so shy. their awkward legs make them look silly in a way, but a fun fact is that they protects so many animals, because they are so tall bambis, monkeys, zebras usually are found around them so that when trouble comes the tall girls let them know that they should RUN (i know the feeling!) anyway they also have another fun fact: when a lion for example gets close to them they usually do two things, they either run if they’re alone or if they’re in a group they tend to group up, look all together to the beast and run directly at them so the lion knows they’re on to him and they’re not scared!

now the lion isn’t stupid either, he knows that if he can just get a giraffe to run on the asphalt roads she will slip and fall, they are very silly when they run, each leg goes in a different direction, and the asphalt makes them even more uncoordinated! fascinating how each animal has a procedure!

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Mr.RHINO, can’t say i’m a big fan, jeez they look fat and lazy, but gosh knows how fast they can be when they charge after you! so secret to all, smile for the picture but have someone always with the foot on the accelerator or looking out for any faster move!

FIRST of the BIG FIVE

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Mr.BUFFALO has a very wierd haircut, good thing he was far away!

SECOND  of the BIG FIVE

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Mrs.MONKEY AND CHILD walked along like they didn’t even noticed us. i guess they have better things to do with their lives.

 

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Mr.IGUANA-OR-SOMETHING-THAT-LOOKS-LIKE-IT wasn’t a nice friend, stood still, quiet behind the grass cold as ice.

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M.ELEPHANT, now that’s what i call a majestic presence, they are HUMANGOUS and so much more old than i thought. i absolutely love elephants, i used to sign my name everywhere with a drawing of an elephant from the back all the time when i was young, even made a pillow with that drawing… anyway, they are gorgeous, and sooooo big! and so worth it! fun fact: when they cross the road, please don’t stand in front of him for the photo, just keep driving ’cause one touch from this guy and you’ll fly!

THIRD of the BIG FIVE

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ZEBRA THE KID really looks like a young child wearing pantyhose all the way to their faces! they are beautiful, funny looking and intelligent. fun fact: when they feel the presence of a lion they usual stick together and when he charges they run in different directions! talk about confusing the guy!!!!

to be continued…