Kruger National Park, South Africa

Leaving Kruger Park, we stopped at Blyde Canyon, Lisbon Falls and the Truer River. Beautiful spots with many souvenir shops and sellers on the streets.  The drawing is inspired the local art. 

Blyde Canyon.

On the second and third day of our safari drive were a Canadian couple, on the left, then an Irish couple, an Israeli man who is teaching at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He speaks several languages and studied Japanese while we were driving.  His girlfriend had just left him. And the malaria medication he was taking in preparation for a trip to Mozambique made him a little sick, but he managed to some cheerfulness and seemed to enjoy the trip. It was interesting to hear of his travels all around the world.

This memorial plaque is at the base of this huge rock formation.
The impala is the symbol of the South African National Parks. The memorial is in English and Africaan, the two main official languages. There are 13 other languages as well, from the tribal communities. 
The former President Zuma has five wives, which is legal because of his African background. But a man with European hertiage, like Dutch, German or English can legally have only one wife. Even if his family has lived in South Africa for 350 years. 
I was assured things are as confused one might expect.

The Protea is the National flower. 

Ahh, a moment to relax.

The great horn bill is a common bird here.


Kruger Park, South Africa, day 2, Safari

We entered the Malalane gate at the bottom of the map, drove around most the day, stopped for lunch, and spent the night at Preterluskop. I was on a tour that Dave at Old Vic’s Travellers Inn gives. Ted was our super guide, then he went home and Dave arrived and cooked us a BBQ dinner. It was pleasant enough to sit outside. 

Another wonderful day filled with wild animal sightings.

Our guide and driver is Ted on the left. The couple in the middle were Irish and the other couple is German. 

Fun travel companions.

Hippopotamus in the river.

Sofia is South Africaan and was on the hut next to me. Somehow, I got a private hut. Sofia, her husband and two young children live near the Malalane gate, but they are enjoying a few nights away from their kids. She was very sweet and friendly. It was great to meet her and her husband. They speak English, but not Africaan, although Sofia is learning so she can converse with the Africaan folks.

A kudu buck.

Crocodile on the rock.

Shetchbook diary, to Pilanesberg Park

My first full day in South Africa, I took a safari drive through Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

It was amazing to see all the animals and their young ones. Beautiful countryside also.