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Kruger Game Drives

By juliesams, 02/26/2010 - 21:00

We had 2 game drives each day: a 3 hour drive before breakfast and a 4 hour drive before dinner. The Ranger was keen for us to see 'The Big 5', which are the top 5 most dangerous animals - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

We were very lucky and managed to see 4 of them during our stay, it was only the leopard who proved to be elusive. We weren't disappointed though, another guest who regularly goes on safari said that they only saw the leopard during their 4th safari! I'd recommend a safari to anyone interested in wildlife, we saw so many different animals in their natural habitat. The animals all looked much happier and relaxed roaming free, than caged up when we visited the zoo back home last month. A massive difference. In addition to 'The Big 4', we saw plenty of other animals on a daily basis and many more that we did not know existed, nor had expected to see - giraffe, zebra, kudu, steenbok, leopard tortoise, chameleon, bush babies, vervet monkeys, baboons, impala, owls, eagles, vultures, hippos, spiders, wildebeest, warthogs and hyenas.

We did have a hairy encounter with an angry elephant who obviously wasn't happy abut his photo being taken. His pinned his ears back, trumpeted loudly and started menacingly towards us - the warning signs we had all been told to watch out for. Thankfully our expert Ranger got us out of the way swiftly, but it still took a while for my heart beat to return to normal! One of my highlights though were the lionesses with their 4 gorgeous and very cute 7 month old playful cubs. It was hard to believe that they are such dangerous animals.