Tag Archive | Kruger Park

An Elephant Doing What an Elephant Does

Hope you’re not sick of animal travel photots yet!  ‘Cause I got plenty more where this came from.

In my recent trip to the Kruger Park (yes, I am gloating as I write this) I was crazy lucky enough to see  animals in action. There were some hectic moments watching a lion kill, and three cheetahs stalk their prey.  But I was also lucky enough to see animals in more relaxed situations.  This elephant didn’t mind our car a few feet away.  He just went about his business, doing what an elephant does.

Going Wild in the Wild

Wild

That’s the word I’ve been looking for.  For hours I spent searching the ol’ noggin for a word that would sum up the Kruger Park here in South Africa.  Exciting?  Gorgeous?  Unpredictable?  They weren’t quite right.  Then came Wild.  Wild works.  After all, Wild is the whole point of the Park; wild land and wild animals preserved and protected to maintain their wildness.  This is one not-so-small part of the world (it’s bigger than the country of Wales!) that values Wild.

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It Takes A Lot to Impress a Lion

Must be nice to be a king – or queen – of the jungle.  While tourists from all over the world oo’d and aww’d over a lion sighting, this lioness was less inspired.  Despite the line of cars on the road next to her and the clicking of cameras big and small, she was more sleepy than surprised.  I loved watching the contrast of her nonchalance to the frenzy of the humans nearby.   I guess it takes a lot to impress a lion.

Lions and Cheetahs and Hogs…Oh my!

Someone once told me that the Kruger Park is too big.  Seeing animals is so hit or miss that you’re better off sticking with small game reserves.  After traveling to the Kruger Park myself, I feel the need to respond to that statement: stuff that.

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