Kruger National Park: 26 April to 1 May 2012

There’s no other way to explain it. Kruger National Park is an addiction.

I blame my parents and I will be forever grateful to them. My first night in the paradise that is the Kruger Park was in September 1983, at just four years old, camping at Pretoriuskop.

As with any decent addiction, the more you get the more you want – visit more often, stay for longer. And I’ve been only too happy to oblige. Every time I enter those gates I feel reborn, every time I leave I get depressed. In fact, if I didn’t already have the next visit planned so that I have something to look forward to there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be able to leave at all.

Worst of all is that we’ve gotten our son addicted too. Little Joubert was only eight weeks old when he had his first taste, also at Pretoriuskop, and in the two years since he has been back to Kruger 6 times (not to mention all the other reserves he’s been visiting with us) and been all over the Park from Pafuri Gate in the north to Malelane in the south. Absolute proof to the saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, our little two-year old gets excited weeks ahead of our next visit. He recognizes Skukuza, Letaba, Olifants and Satara from pictures and can identify a multitude of animals and birds, even from their calls. He recalls previous sightings at particular locations when we pass there again. Joubert carries his own little digital camera around, clicking away at anything from beautiful landscapes and elephants to insects, leaves and…dung, by which he is absolutely fascinated: every so often we have to stop at some or other poo-pile so that it may be thoroughly appreciated.

Our good friends the du Plessis’ joined us on our most recent visit, at the end of April 2012, to Skukuza and Satara.

We visited as many of our favourite spots as we could fit into the five days – Lake Panic bird hide near Skukuza, N’wanetsi and Timbavati Picnic Sites, Sweni bird hide, the S100 gravel road and the Girivana waterhole near Satara, the viewpoint in Olifants and the Elephant Hall in Letaba. Sadly another favourite, the low level causeway over the Olifants River at Balule was still out of commission following the January floods.

What follows is a selection of our photographs taken between the 26th of April and the 1st of May 2012 celebrating the serenity and beauty that the Kruger Park is so famous for.

Luckily for us our next short visit occurs in June!

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25 thoughts on “Kruger National Park: 26 April to 1 May 2012

  1. M-R

    I can certainly understand that it’s an addiction, this wonderful place ! I’m eternally grateful to be able to explore it vicariously, de Wets ! 🙂

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      1. mamta chakravorty

        Wow !! They are beautiful…loved the last one very much..don’t know much about photography lingo..all, I can think of is he knows what he wants the subject to his photograph to be and clicks accordingly..they are not random ‘ tourist snaps’…great going !!

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  2. loisajay

    wonderful photos: the big cat roaring, your son and the deer (so cute!) the ‘chorus line’ of zebra…each one was my favorite. Until the next picture. Beautiful. No wonder you keep going back.

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  3. Sreejith Nair

    What a great variety of wildlife!

    There is no harm with this addiction, we all are getting benefited 🙂

    To me, the first shot, is the star in this series, such an adorable image…

    Thanks a lot for sharing, De Wets 🙂

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  4. de Wets Wild Post author

    Reblogged this on de Wets Wild and commented:

    We’re busy packing for our next trip to the Kruger National Park. We’ll be staying at Skukuza and Satara, the same two camps we visited in April 2012, and that featured in our very first post on de Wets Wild!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks very much for the kind comments Nedret! The next trip we are planning is a day visit via Orpen Gate while we will be staying at Swadini – I can hardly wait!

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