August 24 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

I signed up and went for a river walk this morning.  This was only a 2 hour walk and I found out this morning that the 2 hours included the travel to get to the walk.  A 1/2 hour there and a 1/2 hour back meant the walk was only 1 hour.

It was a very interesting walk though and we saw Hippos, Elephants, Crocodiles, African Fish Eagle and Grey Herons.  The main Hippo that I got some pics of was all scratched up and our ranger told us that he has been chased out of the pond by the new male on the block.  With us being so near, he didn’t have any option other than to go back in with them. Well – his other option would have been to charge us.  This meant that we would have to go back the way we came because as soon as we left, he would be forced to leave again and our exit may have been cut off.  We would have been in between 2 Elephants and the Hippos and that would not have been a good place to be.

Here is a short video of the hippo 

When I first checked in to Olifants, I was told that I would have to change bungalows on the 3rd night (which is today).  After a little mix-up when the guy who checked me in said he fixed it and I could stay all 3 nights at bungalow 79, he arrived after I had unpacked almost everything and said he made a mistake and I would have to go to bungalow 77 for the first 2 nights and then move to #79.  I said ok and packed everything back up and moved 2 bungalows over.  So – this morning, I turned in my key for #77 and asked when I would be able to pick up my key for #79. She looked things over and said that I could stay in #77 and the people booked for #77 could go to #79 instead.  So – I went back and put everything back in #77 before the river walk.

After the river walk, I had lunch and then went for a drive.  I was afraid that by the time I got back from the drive, I would find that someone else had moved into #77 and all my stuff would be out in the yard, but all was fine and there was a car parked at #79.  Whew!

This drive was an Elephant drive.  There was a huge breeding herd of Elephants right by the road and I was snapping lots of pics of them.  Then I continued on and there were more Elephants several kilometers later.  I also found a small herd of Cape Buffalo (about 15).  I drove by the Giraffe carcass and the crocs were still working on it.  Some Vultures (Hooded Vultures, I think) were in a nearby tree watching, but I think it will be awhile before the crocs will share with anyone.

Other sightings today, include Vervet Monkeys, Baboons, Little Egret, Giraffe, Zebras, African Red-eye Bulbul, Bushbuck, Kudu, Red Wing Starling, Egyptian Geese, Tree Squirrel, Wildebeest, Impalas, Magpie Shrike, Lilac Breasted Roller, African Darter, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Striped Skink, African Grey Hornbill and Fork-tailed Drongo.

One interesting thing about the thatched roofs here is that critters live in the thatch.  I think most of them are tiny – like the Striped Skink – but the guy at the reptile show in Hazyview said that a Black Mamba Snake lives in his, and he is ok with that.  I don’t mind the little skinks – they’re kind of cute, but they do drop their little poops inside the bungalow.

I pack up again tomorrow to head for Tambotti, where I will spend my last 2 days and nights in Kruger in a tent.  I can not believe how fast this vacation is going.  I still have 3 nights to look forward to at Nkorho in Sabi Sands after I leave Kruger though.

Hippos - Aug 24
Hippos – Aug 24
Bushbuck - Aug 24
Bushbuck – Aug 24
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Grey Heron - Aug 24
Grey Heron – Aug 24
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Elephants – Aug 24
Kudu - Aug 24
Kudu – Aug 24
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Hippo – Aug 24

This Hippo was planning on crossing the road I was driving on.  He nicely waited while I took a picture before continuing towards the water on the other side.

Little Egret - Aug 24
Little Egret – Aug 24
Little Egret - Aug 24
Little Egret – Aug 24
African Darter - Aug 24
African Darter – Aug 24
Hippo - Aug 24
Hippo – Aug 24
Hooded Vultures - Aug 24
Hooded Vultures – Aug 24
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Hooded Vulture – Aug 24
Baboons - Aug 24
Baboons – Aug 24
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Baboons – Aug 24
Baboons - Aug 24
Baboons – Aug 24
Vervet Monkey - Aug 24
Vervet Monkey – Aug 24
Giraffe - Aug 24
Giraffe – Aug 24
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Giraffe – Aug 24
Cape Buffalo - Aug 24
Cape Buffalo – Aug 24
Cape Buffalo - Aug 24
Cape Buffalo – Aug 24
Cape Buffalo - Aug 24
Cape Buffalo – Aug 24
Elephant - Aug 24
Elephant – Aug 24
Elephant - Aug 24
Elephant – Aug 24
Elephants - Aug 24
Elephants – Aug 24
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Elephant – Aug 24
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Giraffe - Aug 24
Giraffe – Aug 24
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Giraffe – Aug 24
Zebra - Aug 24
Zebra – Aug 24
Elephant and Impala - Aug 24
Elephant and Impala – Aug 24
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Elephant – Aug 24
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Elephant – Aug 24
Crocodiles - Aug 24
Crocodiles – Aug 24
Crocodile - Aug 24
Crocodile – Aug 24

Continued here.

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5 thoughts on “August 24 – Olifants, Kruger National Park

    1. Thank you Patricia. You’re right – it was incredible and I loved every minute of it. Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment.

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  1. Loving your blog, Mavis. What do I have to change to get my comments to show at the bottom of each page like this. I like it a lot better that the way my page is.

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  2. What’s that crocodile laughing at? That poor hippo sure did get bashed up! Cute tiny baboon. 🙂

    My friend in Zambia said that one thing that really irritated her is that termites in the house drop bits of mud all over the place and try making mounds everywhere, including on your walls.

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