Kruger National Park
Our first stop in Africa for wildlife viewing is Kruger National Park. We initially were going to have about eight days in the park and were going to do a self-drive. In the end we were lucky to find our good friend Stefan and visited Cape Town for a few days.
To maximise our game viewing opportunities, we decided to stay in one of the concessions in Kruger NP. We picked Rhino Walking Safaries as their walking option really gave us something different where we could really experience the African bush up close. We were going to do two nights in their Rhino Post lodge and two more nights at Plains Camp with one of those in the tented camp.
About a week prior departure, we were informed that the lodge section of Plains Camp had suffered a devastating fire :-(. Fortunately, no one was hurt but they had to change our booking so that we were going to start with two days at Lukimbi Lodge. This turned out to be a real bonus as we met incredibly knowledgeable guides and saw some leopard, lots of elephants a large pride of lions, rhino and impala.
The walking safari we did at Rhino post was very interesting and we got quite close to a giraffe and her baby. Highlight for Mariola was having an out-side shower while a Kudu came up close for a visit!
Our last evening game drive gave us all big 5 including a leopard just lying in the middle of the road as we drove up, he leisurely stretched out and moved on for his nightly activity just as we realised that the radiator had sprung a leak and we had to wait there in the dark until some water got to us to get back to camp.
After 4 nights we flew out of Kruger where poaching still seems to be a big problem despite very dedicated anti-poaching ranger surveilance and now we are off to Lusaka, Zambia.