We had the wonderful opportunity this weekend to visit one of the Big 5 (forgive the pun) of tourist attractions in South Africa! Since I was a small girl my parents took us to the Kruger National Park and now we do this with the boys! Enjoy the animals with us!
The elephant is my favourite wild animal in the park. They are huge, but move so quietly that you can't hear a thing.
We were so fortunate to spot this breeding herd. Look at the baby... his mother is very protective and they will act rather aggresive when they have small babies. They must have been thirsty, because it seemed as if they were in a hurry to cross the road and get to the river.
One of the most dangerous animals in Africa - the Buffalo. We came across a very, very large herd.
I promise it is there! A leopard. One of the most amazing things in the animal kingdom is their ability to melt into their environment.
Another very dangerous animal. The hippo's skin produces a kind of "wax" to protect its skin from the harsh sun.
I took so many photo's, especially of elephants, but decided to post this one as well, to show how big they are in relation to the vehicle.
One of my most special memories will always be the times we had a picnic in the Kruger Park. Breakfast is a big affair with bacon, eggs, bread, fruit and coffee! This is the Timbavati picnic spot and when we stopped there people warned us that they spotted a lioness and her cubs about 100m from the spot. There are no fences, so we were a bit more alert!
The tallest animal... the giraffe has a looong neck, but also a very long blueish tongue to reach the delicate new green leafs in the tree tops. Often they eat leafs from trees with big thorns!
Now these two had a quarrel over a marula or another fruit. Look at that body language!
King of the animals! These lions caught a buffalo the previous night. The males eat and when they finished and had enough the females and cubs move in. Look at those yellow eyes!
They are nicknamed "pajama donkeys." They have stripes to confuse their predators in a chase while hunting.
Had to look twice? Excellent camouflage! Its a small owl called the Scops owl. This was taken in a tree in the Satara Camp where we stayed.