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Wildlife in South Africa

Oh man, I’ve finally come to the conclusion of my trip to South Africa with Ottie last year! This last post took months to write, and by write, I actually mean organise-my-photos. Our last three days in South Africa were spent completely disconnected from all online activity and living on a schedule that consisted of sleeping at 10pm and waking up at 5.30am. On the bright side, we were extremely lucky to spot so many animals during these three days, despite missing out on two game drives thanks to our flight schedule; Ottie had a field day listing all of them including the Big Five at Kruger National Park. Score! As for me, I was satisfied just having seen the Giraffe, my favourite mammal, in the wild. All the baby animals were a bonus. Double score!

First, here’s a video compilation of our three drives! It was a headache choosing which ones to put in – I took so many clips it was ridiculous. If you watch till the end, our vehicle had stalled after we sat and marvelled at having seen not one, but two leopards at night – the male leopard was trying to chase the female. It was pretty exhilarating to witness the male leopard walk towards us while the guys pushed the vehicle in order to restart the battery. I never knew how small leopards actually are! They’re actually pretty cute once you get past the carnivorous aspect…

Pictures! I found myself sorely lacking a telephoto lens for this trip, but so many animals ventured close to our vehicle that it mostly didn’t matter all that much… although I’d have liked to get a closer look at the ostriches and their hatchlings in the distance.

Sunrise at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Good morning red ball of gas.

Submerged Hippos at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Hippos submerged in the cool waters in the morning.

Elephant at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Elephant and ape at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Giraffe at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Giraffe!

Herd of buffalo against the setting sun at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Buffalo at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Buffalo.

Brood of Ostriches at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Ostriches and their super cute hatchlings.

Mozambique in the background from Kruger National Park, South Africa.That’s Mozambique in the background.

Capturing Cheetahs from our vehicle at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Joey (our ranger) spotted a pair of cheetahs in the far distance! We swear he’s got superhuman eyes. He also couldn’t stop ranting about how stupid these species were – a lot of them died as a result of an overestimation of their own abilities apparently.

Digital zoom of cheetahs at Kruger National Park, South Africa.This was what I could manage with my lens…

Photo of Cheetahs at Kruger National Park by Kathryn & NigelPhoto of the Cheetahs we saw courtesy of Kathryn & Nigel, our drive mates!

Sable at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Sable Antelope.

Small creature by the dirt road at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Lookie there’s a small creature about to cross the road!

Trekking to get a closer look at Rhinos at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rhinos in the distance at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Tried to get up close and personal with these two rhinos, it was fun. :)

Rhinoceros at Kruger National Park, South Africa.This young rhinoceros was ambling towards Ottie, who had gone off to relieve himself during our break. Ottie had no idea at all.

Snacks during our game drive at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Snacks!

Giraffe bones at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Apparently, these giraffe bones were the result of a killing by a lion at our lodge. Staff had to drag the carcass further out because the scavengers which would soon follow would have been a problem.

Owl perched on a tree at Kruger National Park, South Africa.White faced owl perched on a tree.

Spotted Hyena at night at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Spotted hyena.

Bush Baby (Galago) at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Bush Baby (Galago). They were so cute jumping from one branch to another.

Leopard crossing the dirt road at Kruger National Park, South Africa.Our favourite leopard. :)

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