Kruger Park is a marvelous escape. It’s only an hour’s drive from Sabie to the nearest gate of this 150 km long wildlife sanctuary. Ken and I hadn’t planned to go this time, but made a rather spontaneous decision that we needed a day off. My expectations were not high – we’ve been there dozens of times, often staying over in a camp for two or three days, so I did not expect to have many sightings in a day trip. Wrong!!
We saw the usual kudus, giraffes, wildebeest, baboons, elephants, waterbuck, zebras, African buffalo,
warthogs, hippos and the plentiful impala. In addition we saw two separate klipspringers and had at least a half a dozen separate sightings of rhinos, including a group of seven – extremely rare. (People go to the park numerous times without seeing rhino). And then – something we’ve only seen in private reserves and never in the park before – 3 wild dogs. They are on the endangered species list.
On another note, I’m currently reading “The Betrayal of Africa” by Canadian author Gerald Caplan. It is a slim little volume that packs a huge punch as the author analyzes why the African continent is in such a mess. It’s an excellent resource for getting a concise background on the political and social issues.