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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Photo by Marilynn Windust

The freezer in the general store at Skukuza Camp contains various cuts of wild meat. Let’s go look at wild animals before devouring them.

Photo by Ron Mitchell

Camping in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park encompasses 7,523 square miles (19,485 square kilometers) of game reserve. The best way to see Kruger is to camp. We return the camping gear that we purchased back to Sportsman’s Warehouse, and book a safari tent for less cost.

Photo by Marilynn Windust

Ground Hornbill

Our little Honda w/out 4WD proves adequate for game drives, and dodging the most beautiful Ground hornbills I had ever seen.

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Lions resting near the side of the road

Lions sleep in the weeds during the day, yet another reason for rules that keep you inside your vehicle.

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This guy just would not move on

Stay a safe distance from elephants. This one delays us for about fifteen minutes.

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Well hello there!

A family of giraffes cross the road and brings Mare to tears. Baboons do what Baboons do.

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Temperatures soar back at the safari tent, which comes equipped with a fan and refrigerator. We stay cool by rinsing in showers in the shared bath across the road, as well as frequent dips in the pool.

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After the storm – Sunrise Safari

An evening thunderstorm cools things, while lightning bolts create strobe light effects under the clouds. Sleep to the sounds of the jungle…an insectophony if you will.

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African Wild Dogs

We wake early and get in line to wait for the gates of the Camp to open. Drivers, start your engines. Colorful, energetic wild African dogs surround our early morning ride!

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We follow our safari guide “friend,” as do the wild dogs

Let’s follow the hired guide in the fancy safari truck. Maybe he knows where the lions sleep today. And he does. After “guiding us to them,” he says, “I’ll send you the bill.” Oops. He does not send a bill, but I guess we made a faux pas.

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Thanks safari guide!

White Rhinos are plentiful.

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White Rhino

A lioness, (spotted by Mare) claims the river bed. For some strange reason, we’re starving.

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Lioness in the river bed

Back at camp, we are the fenced-in population, while the animals watch us. Signs prohibit throwing food over the fence to hyenas and monkeys.

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Living the Braii life – with the wildlife

Let’s live the braii life…Warthog, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, and Gemsbok dominate the grill tonight. Where else could this happen? That wildebeest may have tasted better had I not dropped it in the dirt, but what an exotic feast!

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Adios Kruger NP

A giraffe bids us farewell on our final morning drive back to “civilization.” Wait a minute, let’s turn around and purchase one last batch of wild game meat for the road.  Ron Mitchell

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. ma, pa, and jackeroo #

    Love the animals and that tent!!

    February 14, 2015
  2. Ahhh! What a bucket list experience to see those animals in the wild! Love following you on your travels.

    February 14, 2015
    • You can stare at those wild ones for a very long time! We love having you with us.

      February 14, 2015
  3. Skip #

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…. Great photos and told experiences…

    February 14, 2015
  4. Now I got to read about it, and see your fabulous pictures of the animals. 😀 Looks like a great trip! I like the tent as well. Looks like an authentic experience. Now enjoy some days in luxury! 🙂

    February 14, 2015
  5. amazing

    February 16, 2015
  6. that is wonderful 🙂

    February 17, 2015
  7. Julie #

    Thanks for sharing…..the animals are wonderful.

    February 18, 2015
  8. Solange Rissato #

    Boa tarde, poderia dar dicas de acomodação baratas em Skukuza , para 05 adultos. Grata. Solange

    January 19, 2017
    • Hello, Solange. All we did was drive into Kruger Park and book the pre-formed tent at the main ranger complex. You can make arrangements through the park services. It was easy and inexpensive compared to the rest of South Africa, especially if you cook your own food. Hope that this helps.

      January 19, 2017

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