August 23 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

At 5:15 this morning, I met with others heading out on the sunrise drive.  We loaded up and left at 5:30 to see what we could find.

We found a lot of critters but only Elephants in the big 5.  I saw my first Side-striped Jackals after the first critter of the day, which was a Scrub Hare.  Other critters we found were Giraffes, Kori Bustard, Kudu, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Tawny Eagle, Warthogs, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hippos, Hyaenas, Black Storks and Steenbok.  We also found Crocodiles eating a Giraffe carcass in the river at the high water bridge.

People on the drive with us said they saw the Giraffe go down yesterday while they were watching it cross the water.  They were looking into the sun so it was hard to see, but there were Crocodiles there and they said the Hippo were also acting aggressive.  There was a lot of action, but they were sure that the crocs took him down and began eating right away.

We got back from the drive a little after 8:30 am so I had breakfast and then headed out on my own drive.  Birds wanting to share my breakfast were Red-wing Starlings and Yellow-bill Hornbill.

I didn’t manage many sightings on my own, seeing a few Elephants, Baboons, Zebra, Laughing Dove, Saddle-bill Stork, Waterbuck, Marsh Sandpiper, Little Egret, Greater Egret, African Darter, Oxpeckers and another Black Stork.

As I mentioned yesterday though, the sightings are not what is important – although I love seeing all the critters.  As I’m driving, I look around – sometimes to the right and sometimes to the left while keeping an eye on the road.  I can’t see all directions at the same time and probably miss something to the right while I’m looking to the left.  But – it doesn’t matter.  I’m here – in Africa.  I’m living a dream. 🙂

Tawny Eagle - Aug 23
Tawny Eagle – Aug 23 – a little too early for a good picture.
Crocodile - Aug 23
Crocodile – Aug 23
Hyaena - Aug 23
Hyaena – Aug 23
Hyaenas - Aug 23
Hyaenas – Aug 23
Hyaena - Aug 23
Hyaena – Aug 23

They are so cute when they are babies.

Hyaena - Aug 23
Hyaena – Aug 23
Hyaenas - Aug 23
Hyaenas – Aug 23
Hyaenas - Aug 23
Hyaenas – Aug 23
Hyaena - Aug 23
Hyaena – Aug 23
Elephants - Aug 23
Elephants – Aug 23
Zebra and Wildebeest - Aug 23
Zebra and Wildebeest – Aug 23
Zebra  - Aug 23
Zebra – Aug 23
Wildebeest - Aug 23
Wildebeest & Zebra – Aug 23
Steenbok - Aug 23
Steenbok – Aug 23
Elephant - Aug 23
Elephant – Aug 23
Warthogs - Aug 23
Warthogs – Aug 23
Warthogs - Aug 23
Warthogs – Aug 23
Warthog - Aug 23
Warthog – Aug 23
Hippo - Aug 23
Hippo – Aug 23
Giraffe - Aug 23
Giraffe – Aug 23
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Giraffe – Aug 23
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Giraffes – Aug 23
Giraffe - Aug 23
Giraffe – Aug 23
Giraffe - Aug 23
Giraffe – Aug 23
Little Egret, Great Egret and Reed Cormorant - Aug 23
Little Egret, Great Egret and African Darter – Aug 23
Yellow-billed Hornbill - Aug 23
Yellow-billed Hornbill – Aug 23
Hippos - Aug 23
Hippos – Aug 23
Elephant - Aug 23
Elephant – Aug 23
Elephants - Aug 23
Elephants – Aug 23
Elephant - Aug 23
Elephant – Aug 23
Baboon - Aug 23
Baboon – Aug 23
Marsh Sandpiper - Aug 23/12
Marsh Sandpiper – Aug 23/12
Saddle-billed Stork - Aug 23
Saddle-billed Stork – Aug 23
Laughing Dove - Aug 23
Laughing Dove – Aug 23
Hippo - Aug 23
Hippo and Hitchhiking Oxpeckers- Aug 23

Continued here.

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5 thoughts on “August 23 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

    1. I wrote everything I know about the giraffe and the crocs. Basically, the giraffe was walking across the river when the crocs took him down. I did not see this, but people on the same game drive as I was on that morning had seen it the evening before. Thanks for your comment Emjay! 🙂

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  1. I never thought that giraffes would have predators but apparently lions take them down regularly and now crocodiles! I am amazed. I just LOVE the hornbill! What a great close up!

    I certainly know what you mean about soaking up everything when you travel. I am like that too. I am chicken about trying exotic food though. I did try some impala and kudu.

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    1. Guess its not safe being any critter in the wild – but I sure appreciated being able to see them in their natural habitat.
      For me, trying different foods was all part of the whole experience for me. 🙂

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