This magnificent elephant was digging for water with his trunk. Sensational to see the impact this creature can have on the environment, providing clean water in dry season to all animals that come after him.
Buffalo drinking by the hippos and elephants. Crocodiles on the far banks and so much birdlife. Love this waterhole!
Hippos sunbathing on the bank of this watering hole in typical Kruger style.
Bateleur, this bird of prey is called as such for his pretty face.
African fish eagle, its haunting bird call a sound of Africa one can never forget.
African fish eagle
Dainty nyala with stunning yellow legs.
Southern red-billed hornbill preening.
Gorgeous kudu browsing on leaves.
Spotted hyaena yawning in the shade whilst the rest of the clan bunker in a culvert under the road.
Larger than life Southern ground hornbill
I can’t believe I managed to capture this tree squirrel. They move so quickly!
Nature will always survive somehow, like this tree growing out of this rock.
My favourite of the big animals.
White-breasted cormorant basking in the sunlight.
Giant kingfisher inspecting the water below for its next meal. Largest of the African kingfishers, but not as big as it’s cousin the Australian kookaburra.
Elegant African darter relaxing by the water.
African buffalo. Notorious for its cantankerous nature making it one of the dangerous Big Five.
Amazing to see this white-backed vulture so close.
Waterbuck and impala at a watering hole
Beautiful saddle-billed stork. Love this bird!
Who are the vultures? The ones in the cars or the ones in the tree? All waiting to scavenge from the lion kill to the right…
An awesome lion and pride feasting on this buffalo.
One of the awe inspiring baobab trees of Kruger. Thousands of years old and impressively huge.
Smallest owl – African scops owl. He was just chilling in a tree by the restrooms at one of the Kruger camps.
Stunning steenbok. These creatures are so petite and usually alone on the big arid areas – you could drive by and miss them!
Another amazingly difficult animal to capture on film – the slender mongoose. Fascinating animals!
Natal spurfowl – I have since learnt how unmusical this bird sounds
Smile for a while nile crocodile.
Swainson’s spurfowl sashaying its booty. Have since learnt this is one bird I do NOT want under my tent early in the morning. What a screecher!
This Southern red-billed hornbill wasn’t shy to walk over to the car when we got to this severely dry pan. It has fused toes, making it a near-passerine foot structure and giving it a distinct spoor.
After days of not seeing any rhino, we were so happy when we finally saw one. We’ve heard so much about the poaching and it definitely feels like there are less out there than in previous visits 😦
We stayed a night in Olifants and on the way out we saw this carnivorous cricket and his mates hopping onto the road and cannibalistically eating their mates who’d be trodden on by cars before us! What a sight.
Capping off another wonderful trip, we saw this leopard with its impala kill in a tree! Amazing!