Tuesday Feb 26 – Kruger Park


Up early with sounds from the Crocodile River and animal sightings across the veld in front of the house. Delicious light breakfast served by our host (yogurt, granola, fresh juice, and fresh papaya – probably grown less than 100 Kim’s from here and called popo). Patrick provided Gord and I with his little red Toyota for a visit into Kruger National Park. Twenty five dollar entrance fee each pays for many employees at the gates and conservationists inside the park – all black happily. Inside the park we don’t see many animals. A couple of giraffe darker in colour than in the Kalahari, several groups of impala is the extent if it. Apparently the recent rains have made everything very lush and animals are harder to see and perhaps are roaming farther away. After our tour we stopped at Hamiltons again for a little breakfast. Yogurt, beautiful fresh fruit, granola, bottled water, tea and coffee is about $5 each. Beautifully served by a young man who had served us at dinner last night, and then drove one and a half hours to home probably with others working near here and then back again this morning. Snoozes this afternoon, a swim, and drinks and dinner on the beautiful terrace where we hear animal sounds from the river. This afternoon a young elephant wandered into the back yard to feed for awhile. Too far away to get good pictures but still thrilling. Before dinner our host took two bottles of champagne to the bridge over the Crocodile River and we watched several hippos in the water as we sipped our champagne. We were kicked off the bridge by the smiling guards at 7pm gate-closing time. Africa flame trees with brilliant orange flowers are in season, abundant and beautiful. Back at the house our host had done some excellent shopping in a small town nearby and we created a lovely dinner of tuna, garlic, olive oil, spaghetti noodles and spinach with a beautiful green salad, sliced tomatoes and avocado, wine and the like. Pieces of nougat for dessert and a great sleep in really comfy beds overlooking the river in Kruger Park. Fantastic.


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