Africa Travel Blog (9/9/22): Our First Full Day in Greater Kruger

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Today we continued our time on safari in the Greater Kruger National Park area. After five long years, it is great to be back in Africa and back on safari. There is something so profoundly spiritual about being in such a wild place. The sound of the African bush at night is something that has left an imprint on my soul and is something that will never leave me. I remember feeling so alive when I was in Tanzania back in 2017 and heard hyenas outside our campground at night in the Serengeti. I got the same feeling when I went skydiving in New Zealand and when I went paragliding in Peru. It is a feeling that I have been chasing ever since I took my first travel adventure, and I am so happy it is back.

The day started off with what was supposed to be a bush walk, but we ended up see white rhinos and a whole family of elephants and spent some time with them instead. They are both such powerful and beautiful creatures and it was incredible to see them in their natural environment. I also got some incredible sunrise shots with the animals, which was fantastic!

After viewing the rhinos and elephants, we finally reached our trail head and did a short walk (with an armed guide and wildlife spotter). Down by the river, we got to see both hippos and crocs. It was a neat experience, but they were too far away to get great photos.

In the afternoon after lunch, we did another sunset safari. The sun was beautiful, but other than a few elephants and some antelope, it wasn’t very eventful in the afternoon. We all seemed content to go back to the lodge for dinner, but our guide was determined to find the lions for us, so we headed back out.

It’s a great thing he was persistent because we not only got to see the lions, but we saw the rhinos again just as the sun was going down. I was able to capture some absolutely epic photos of the rhinos with a breathtaking sunset in the background. I can’t wait to share those! Here is one I got with just my phone (see below).

I have seen lions in the wild before, but this was my first time seeing them on a night safari. It was insanely cool to see them when it was dark. Our guide was absolutely fantastic in finding them. We were incredibly lucky to have found Viva Safaris. I can’t say enough good things about our experience so far.

Tomorrow we head to the Orpen-Satara region of Kruger. It is known to have one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. The area is also renown for its white maned lion named Casper. Hopefully I get some pictures of him to share with you.

Until then, safe travels!

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  1. So cool to see those lions in the dark!

  2. Your smile is as wide as Africa itself!

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