We arrived at Pestana Kruger Lodge on Day 99 April 11, 2019.
We had a nice room.
At a great lodge.
Complete with gift shop
a creek runs through the grounds
with a warning.
but most importantly it overlooks the river in Kruger Park.
and antelope from the lodge deck on the afternoon we arrived before we had even entered the park.
Over the three days at the park we took these 4 X 4 Toyota vehicles into the park for morning and afternoon safaris. We also had a night visit. We took over 1,000 photos and the highlights are presented below.
We saw giraffes each day we were in the park. It was fun to watch them walk
and eat. According to the guide the trees have a protective mechanism built into the design, such that if a giraffe eats to much from one plant the leaves become toxic to them so they have to move around and eat and thus not destroy a single tree.
We saw tons (pun intended) of elephants.
Also saw them with their babies.
This old bull was huge. Can hardly believe how close he came to us.
This was really fun. The elephants had formed a road block. Since the guides are not allowed to disturb the animals, we had to sit and wait, which was great since we were able to watch them close-up for 15 to 20 minutes. This baby was cute as he decided to just lay down and take a nap.
As the sun moved, the roadway became in direct sunlight, so they decided to move on and then we went on down the road. That was fun.
We were very fortunate to come across this pride of lions. It was on an evening drive. The lions sleep during the heat of the day and hunt at night. Here they are starting to wake up.
Rolling over to get some energy to start moving. How cute.
Everyone is up and ready to start the night shift.
We saw this older male right on the road.
Their manes get darker as they get older.
Loved seeing this one so close.
Saw zebras every day
each one with their own set of stripes as distinctive as a fingerprint.
We saw impalas several times on every safari.
They are so prevalent that the guides hardly want to slow down for a good picture.
Rhinoceros were great to see, and we were within a few feet of some of them.
The sightings went on and on.
and then charge when you get close.
Our favorite sighting was this cheetah.
Magnificent looking animal.
The Common Duiker.
As our guide stated, seldom accused of being pretty.
We also saw lots of smaller animals and birds.
And other ugly ones.
Like these crocodiles.
Lots of great birds.
Saddle-billed stork. Very colorful.
White Backed Vulture.
Right next to this egret was a water monitor.
White fronted bee-eater.
Brown Hooded Kingfisher.
We also went out for a night safari. We saw a lot of animals and with the spot lights, it was pretty good viewing. Difficult photo environment however, so only a few photos to show from the night. This hyena was a great add to our list.
Elephant at night.
Found Cape Buffalo
grazing at night.
Loved this owl photo.
Wow! That was an amazing 3 day safari. We saw so many animals in their national habitat. We learned so much and enjoyed it greatly. Setting aside one million acres for a national park was wise planning and so many people can enjoy it today. Definitely a great highlight for our trip.