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Another day in paradise!

6 March 2009

sunny 80 °F

Another beautiful day at Kruger Park shows us the best it has to offer. The most memorable things for today in the park was a couple of rhino, more lions, fruit bats, a heron with babies and a kingfisher eating his fish.
At our first rest stop one of Genie’s fellow guides told us about some lions that had taken down a giraffe earlier in the day and were by the roadside having breakfast.
We hopped in the vehicle and got there as fast as possible. Of course everyone else had the same idea causing a traffic jam.
Luckily for us the jam stopped us right next to a lion on the opposite side of the road.
For at least 20 minutes we sat a few feet away from a tired lion. As we drove past you could see the abdomen of the giraffe was empty and its stomach was intact on the road. It was quite a sight to see.
The lion looks so intense.
He looked at us for awhile and Genie told Curt to put his window up a bit.
Another sighting was a couple of rhino coming out of the bush directly in front of us.
One had a puncture hole in his side, probably from a fight with another rhino. This time their feet were visible and looks like their nails are painted black.
At our lunch stop Genie took us to a veranda where approximately 100 fruit bats were hanging from the ceiling.
Some were asleep but some were busy cleaning their wings or swinging from side to side.
I think this will be my screen saver at halloween!
One of the bird watching areas also delivered for us. A heron was trying to coax its babies out of the nest. They waddled along the branch for a few steps and then rushed back to the nest.
The lily pads looked so peaceful.
THe African Jacana has very long toes so it can walk on the lily pads.
Even the insects here are beautiful.
A kingfisher fed its baby a small fish and we watched as he tossed it around and then swallowed.
A brown snake eagle was hanging out in a tree.
This giraffe was snacking while watching us.
A kudu female was trying to cross the road in front of us.
On one of the rest stops we saw this statue of 2 kudu bulls with their horns stuck together. This sometimes happens with fights. The males get stuck together and both die because they can't eat.
The park is so magical and it is never the same from day to day. It is worth the money to have a guide like Genie who knows the animals and can give you a greater chance to see them. Her love for the animals and her job is evident.
When we were done at the park we took a little road trip to Hazyview to stay at the Gecko Lodge. This was to be closer to our hot air balloon ride the next day. The lodge was adorable and rustic. The scenery was full of plants and flowers. It appeared more like a jungle. Dinner was here with haloumi cheese, pasta for me and steak for Curt. For dessert we shared an apple tart that was to die for. The lodge seems to be taken over by frogs and the night sounds were amazing.

Posted by ErinDriver 11:42 Archived in South Africa Tagged animal

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