Friday January 23rd ~ Kruger National Park (Part 1)
For me, today was the highlight of our Gate 1 trip. Included with our tour was a morning game run. We chose to add-on the afternoon game run and a night game run. That resulted in us being in the park from 5:30 in the morning until 8:00 at night. That was too long for some in our group, but I loved every moment of it.
We were divided into three vehicles that each carried 10 passengers, and set out for an all day adventure.
Kruger National Park is huge, running 220 miles long and 40 miles wide – basically covering the same amount of land as the state of Connecticut, or Wales, or Israel.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the “Biosphere”).
The grass is high this time of the year which makes it a little more challenging to spot the animals.
I mentioned the “Big Five” a couple of days ago. One of the vehicles managed to see all five. We found 4 out of 5 (everything except the leopard), but we did get a close encounter with a cheetah which made up for it in our opinion.
So here we go on our big five:
Sorry, still missing this one… (but) here is a cheetah until then.
But the “Big Five” was just the start of all the amazing animals we saw. Check out Part 2 to see what else crossed our path!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the efforts being done to protect these magnificent creatures and eradicate poaching.