Kruger… for the Scenery

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“Just look for birds.” This was the advice of a new South African friend. The variety of birds In Kruger are abundant and interesting, and by looking for birds, we would not be disappointed if we didn’t see specific animals we hoped for.

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People often thought we must be looking at animals with as long as I like to stare at scenes like this.

It was brilliant advice, and we found that it applies to scenery as well. We had days that the only animals we saw seemed to be endless herds of impala. And while we kept willing those lions to jump out into a herd of impala for us, we allowed ourselves to focus on birds, and on the variety of landscape Kruger National Park provided.

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Sunrise over the Sabie River in Skukuza Rest Camp.

So I wanted to share a few of my favorite non-wildlife shots from our Kruger travel. People were shocked at how successful our Kruger trip was, and I know that we were very lucky to see so much wildlife. But I also know that we were enjoying that trip no matter what we saw. We took it slow, wandered back roads, and stopped as we felt like it, to view nothing but a riverbed, a field, or a distant mountain.

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Every waterway is picturesque, whether or not animals are present.

Love, Marla

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Ready for sunset over the Olifants River.

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View from the overlook at Olifants Restcamp.

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  3. Birders vs. people like me who want to see the big five is always a dilemma on my tours. I even wrote a story about it which was published. So jealous you are there. On my first visit to Kruger in 1988 my mother was visiting me in S. Africa and we saw giraffe, ellies, and a rhino within the first minute of entering the park. Also had my first ‘Lion Jam’ experience where the lions were blocking the road for 30 minutes and the tourists had to wait for them to move. It was wonderful. Sounds like you’re having a great time, Thanks for the post. Lori from Africa Inside.

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