POSTCARDS FROM KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

So dear friends and followers, there are 65 photos below of our stay at Kruger National Park. Just leave me a message in the comment section below and I’ll know you were patient enough to scroll all the way down to the last image.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Okay, okay, if you can’t make it to the end I won’t get mad at ya. But definitely put Kruger Park on your bucket list! It’s an unforgettable adventure for adults and kids alike (although the 5am morning safaris are a bit exhausting for the kiddos)!

Hyena - Kruger National Park

So let’s start with one of our very first sightings, a hyena group with the cutest little hyena puppies. Yes, they’re cute when babies! Like all babies!

Baby hyena - Kruger National Park

Hyenas - Kruger National Park

Hyenas - Kruger National Park

Hyena - Kruger National Park

This is the female and male kudu, a type of antelope found in eastern and southern Africa.

Kudu - Kruger National Park

Kudu - Kruger National Park

We came across a large herd of buffalos. They’re extremely strong animals and also unreliable so better keep a distance with them.

Buffalos - Kruger National Park

Buffalos - Kruger National Park

Buffalos - Kruger National Park

Buffalo - Kruger National Park

Buffalos - Kruger National Park

The remains of a buffalo lying in the middle of the road. The laws of nature.

Buffalo - Kruger National Park

We saw zebras,

Zebra - Kruger National Park

Zebra - Kruger National Park

turtles,

Turtle - Kruger National Park

and warthogs which are among the Ugly 5 (along with hyenas). No argument why this strange looking pig made that list!

Warthog - Kruger National Park

We saw many giraffes – such beautiful and elegant creatures they are!

Giraffe - Kruger National Park

Giraffe - Kruger National Park

Giraffe - Kruger National Park

Giraffe - Kruger National Park

Giraffes - Kruger National Park

Except for the lion, we saw all of the Big 5: the buffalo, the elephant, the leopard and the rhino.

Elephant - Kruger National Park

Elephants - Kruger National Park

Elephant - Kruger National Park

Elephant - Kruger National Park

Elephants - Kruger National Park

Elephants - Kruger National Park

Leopard - Kruger National Park

Leopard - Kruger National Park

Hippo - Kruger National Park

Rhino - Kruger National Park

 We spotted hippos from a distance,

Hippos - Kruger National Park

saw a vulture, another one of the Ugly 5,

Kruger National Park

and we spotted the male scrab beetle working hard while his wife lazily enjoyed the ride.

Scrab beetle - Kruger National Park

This one is observing the territory from above.

Kruger National Park

We saw many antelopes,

Kruger National Park

the ones with the black M-shaped mark on their behind are the most common (known as the McDonald impala).

Impala - Kruger National Park

Impala - Kruger National Park

Impala - Kruger National Park

Vervet monkeys and baboons are easy to spot as well.

Vervet monkey - Kruger National Park

Baboon - Kruger National Park

I actually photographed these monkeys from our hotel room.

Vervet monkeys - Kruger National Park

Vervet monkeys - Kruger National Park

Speaking of the hotel, this is the hotel where we stayed and its beautiful lobby area.

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel - Kruger National Park - Kruger Gate

Temperatures during the day were very high, reaching 41°C on certain days. Some evenings a thunderstorm somewhat cooled down the unbearable heat and one evening we were even surprised by hale.

We were also surprised by this unexpected dinner guest at our table one evening.

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Driving from Kruger to Johannesburg is another exceptional memory. Here’s a roadside fruit stand offering mangos, litchis and avocados.

Roadside fruit stand, South Africa

Roadside fruit stand, South Africa - mango

Hazyview, South Africa

Small town taxi station.

Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview, South Africa

Hazywiew, South Africa

Roadside shopping for souvenirs.

Hazywiew, South Africa

Hazywiew, South Africa

Hazywiew, South Africa

Hazywiew, South Africa

Hazywiew, South Africa

Congratulations, you made it to the end! Merry Christmas to all of my followers and readers from beautiful South Africa!

Merry Christmas from Africa

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