I am sure that many of you have heard of the famous Kruger National Park (KNP) in the North-Eastern part of South Africa. This large nature reserve is about the same size as the country of Israel and measures approximately 360km (220miles) from North to South.
Since my first time in South Africa almost 20 years ago I always wanted to explore KNP all the way up North. But during all my visits over the years I always ‘got stuck’ in the South exploring its game rich areas and spending a lot of time at my favourite hide at Lake Panic.
A few weeks ago I decided that it was time to get the job done properly, drive up all the way North, and experience the various ecological zones with its varying fauna and flora.
I reserved 10 days for this trip, booked accommodation in various rest camps, packed all my photographic gear, signed off from social media and the internet and started my KNP adventure.
Because of recent heavy rainfalls and subsequent floods I had to travel mainly on the tar-roads (H-roads in KNP terms). But I was compensated, with incredible vistas of overflowing rivers which are usually dry, with waterfalls at places where usually a little creek winds its way down a hillside, and with lush green grassland areas instead of yellow/brown savannas.
I experienced the many changing landscapes from the open areas in the centre of the reserve to the Mopani forests in the Northern part. The North is a great place for tree lovers with its many species including my favourite tree, the Baobab.
I am planning to come back to do the same trip in Winter (June/July) to experience the differences in the various areas and drive more of the dirt roads.
Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the pictures which I took while exploring this beautiful part of South Africa.
If you have any questions about the trip please post them as comments or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will enjoy them!
PS: I am now back home on Thanda Safari (www.thanda.com) and back on social media, instant messaging, email and the Internet. But I very much enjoyed my two weeks of using my iPhones and my iPad only as cameras and audio book players. It was very relaxing!
First time mammals = Roan Antelope, Southern African Springhare (Krugeroo)
Total number mammal species identified: 31
Total number bird species identified: 112
Camera equipment used = 2 x Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 1 x Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Canon L-Lenses: f4/500mm, f2.8/300mm, f4-5.6/70-300mm, f2.8/24-70mm, f4/17-40mm, 1.4x Converter, Manfrotto Tripod, iPhone Xs MAX
While I was in the Lowveld for my training course I spent a few hours at Lake Panic in the Kruger National Park.
Besides many good bird shots I took a series of pictures of mating Hippos. Because of their size/weight they mate in the water. For most of the mating time one sees only the male but in the quite lengthy process the female occasionally surfaces to get some air.
My favorite lake panic bird picture is of a Malachite Kingfisher returning from fishing. I also got images of a Brown-hooded Kingfisher, a Woodland Kingfisher and a Pied Kingfisher. A good Kingfisher day!
On the way to Lake Panic I passed the Sabi River. This Elephant bull almost disappeared in the high grass along the river bank.