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Photo Essay: Kruger Park Safari 1

This is part 1 of a 2-part photo essay.

In late November 2008, I embarked upon a 5-day safari of Kruger National Park in South Africa.

My camera was a standard point-and-shoot,  Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS (aka PowerShot).

Because fencing marks the perimeter of the park, there is an abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5.  I managed to see them all, except a leopard, which is considered the hardest to spot.  There were also a few cheetah running around, but I didn't see them either, as they are often stationary during the midday heat.  I saw a white rhinoceros on my last day, however it was too far back in the brush to capture clearly on camera.

Giraffes were a common sighting

Giraffes were a common sighting

A herd of elephants enjoy a swimming hole in the distance

A herd of elephants enjoy a swimming hole in the distance

Breakfast was the same every morning - scrambled eggs, ham, and a mix of mushrooms, tomatos, and onions

Breakfast was the same every morning - scrambled eggs, ham, and a mix of mushrooms, tomatos, and onions

Lizard eating scrambled eggs (someone fed him to get a better photo)

Lizard eating scrambled eggs (someone fed him to get a better photo)

Elephants were often seen feeding, but not usually this close to the road

Elephants were often seen feeding, but not usually this close to the road

The view from our 4x4 safari truck

The view from our 4x4 safari truck

Why did the chameleon cross the road?

Why did the chameleon cross the road?

Monkey

Monkey

A map of central Kruger Park

A map of central Kruger Park

Yawning hippo - catching this was pure luck

Yawning hippo - catching this was pure luck

The rare flightless dung beetle at work

The rare flightless dung beetle at work

A pride of male lions takes shade from the midday sun

A pride of male lions takes shade from the midday sun

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Photo Credit:  All photos are by David Lee, and may not be used without express written consent.

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TamahomeJenkins

Wednesday 20th of January 2010

These photos are great. What could possibly top them in part 2? Can't wait to find out!

TamahomeJenkins

Wednesday 20th of January 2010

These photos are great. What could possibly top them in part 2? Can't wait to find out!

Dave

Tuesday 19th of January 2010

Hi Francois -

Thanks for checking out the safari photos. I do have my favorite beers, but they're not to be found in eastern South Africa. :)

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Tuesday 19th of January 2010

Great pictures Dave :)Whats wrong with Black Lable??? Beggars cant be choosers when its hot as hell and the beer is ice cold!

Dave

Sunday 17th of January 2010

Thanks Adam - appreciate the feedback on the Kruger Park photos.

The dung beetles were surprisingly cool to watch. On the safari, I learned to appreciate all of the wildlife, big and small.

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