Checking off a big item on our bucket-list
was our recent African wildlife safari tour to Kruger National Park. Our four day tour
included two full days at Kruger National Park where we spotted all kinds of animals
including impalas, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and crocodiles just
to name a few. We saw the ‘Big Five’ and covered a decent amount of the park. Surprisingly,
going on safari doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Join us as we show you our
entire two day adventure at Kruger National Park along with a visit to Moholoholo wildlife
rehabilitation center. Okay, so today is the big day. Yesterday afternoon
we reached the outskirts of Kruger National Park and today we’re actually going in to
spot some of the wildlife. So we’re going in for a sunrise drive. It is really earlier.
It is about 5:15 am right now. We’re going to head into the park and – yeah – it is safari
time! Okay, so we finally reached the park and I’m
going to give you a little tour of our cool truck for the day. Come on over. Come on in. Make that big climb up there. Yeah, I’m in. One thing that totally surprised me was just
how close we got to the lions. I think it was only about 10 meters away from the road. So they were really docile and the lioness
was just sleeping and cleaning its cubs and in the back there was the big alpha male just
stretching and yawning. It was surreal. So that’s been an amazing safari so far. It
is only 10 in the morning and we’ve already seen more wildlife than I ever imagined. We
saw lions, elephants, wildebeest. Oh, gosh more than I can even remember. Yeah, it was
amazing and we were able to get up close and have a good look at them. So it has been so
much fun. So tell us what happened to you at lunchtime
today? So the most ridiculous thing happened to me during lunch. A bird shit right here.
It ricochet of off my shoulder all the way down to here. And while I was still recovering
from the shock from that another bird shitted on this side. So I got hit on both shoulders
but apparently if a bird shits on you it is good luck. So I have a double dose of good
luck. Maybe that means I’m going to see cheetahs this afternoon. Woo hoo! Right now we’re visiting a private game reserve
to see even more cool wildlife. And what caught us for a total surprise is that we saw so
many giraffes. Apparently this is the most giraffes have ever been spotted out here. So we saw them walk right in front of our
vehicle and we even saw a couple of them fighting. They were swinging their heads at each other.
It was completely bonkers. Yeah, so overall it has been an amazing day.
We saw more animals than we ever expected. And what a beautiful way to wrap up the day.
Now we’re just going to watch the sunset, drink some wine and enjoy some cheese. And
do it all over again tomorrow. Okay, so it is day two on safari and we are
heading back to Kruger National Park. The focus today is going to be to find animals
like being around the water. So we’re going to be visiting a watering hole maybe seeing
some buffalo, some hippos and we’ll see what else we can find. So again, it’s an early
start. It’s around five thirty in the morning and we’re going to head on out there. So far, so good as far as the weather today.
It looks like we’re going to have a lot better visibility. We had an amazing sunrise to witness
this morning. But it is chilly and so we’re all bundled up. It’s a lot colder than it
was yesterday but the sun is coming out. We actually had a little bit of drizzle yesterday,
so it’ll be warmer. Just waiting for it to get warmer. And I think we’re going to have
even better visibility for photos and video in terms of taking shots of the animals. So,
exciting stuff! Okay, so a pretty cool morning so far. We
managed to spot the ever elusive leopard. So that was pretty cool. And we also saw a
heard of elephants that were just crossing the road. There was about fifteen or twenty
of them, so that was also a pretty impressive sight. One of the coolest things that I’ve seen today
was at a watering hole. There was a crocodile and it was waiting for an impala to drink.
And it was so close to attacking it. Like we almost saw this ridiculous crazy scene. Anyways, the crocodile was unsuccessful and
it ended up attacking another crocodile. And we captured a bit of that footage. One safari tip to consider is to dress with
all kinds of layers. This morning it was freezing. I had on a fleece, I had on a windbreaker
and now by the afternoon I’m peeling down to just this tiny kind of athletic shirt.
And you’ve got thick jogging pants on. Yeah, so I wish I had shorts right now for that. Alright, so we are wrapping up our second
day of safari. We’re going to be heading to the campgrounds soon and we’re going to have
our first braai for dinner and apparently that is South African barbecue so it should
be tasty. Our first full day in South Africa started
with a long drive from Johannesburg towards Kruger National Park. Even though our safari
wouldn’t begin until the following day we enjoyed some great views of the countryside
and even visited a wildlife rehabilitation center. Okay, so we’ve been driving all morning. We’ve
actually been up since five AM and we are finally stopping for lunch. We’re taking a
little break. And yeah, we’re just going to enjoy a meal before we continue on towards
the park. Alright, so our meal has arrived. What are
we having? We’re having a Fred Flinstone portion of ribs. Take a look at this. This is enormous.
Ready to dig in! And we’re sharing this. There is no way I could eat this all by myself.
Especially after being in a bus all day. Alright, Fred Flinstone. And the only way
to eat these properly is with your hands. Those are pretty good ribs. Okay, so this afternoon we are visiting the
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. We are going to be visiting some animals and
just learning about the rehabilitation effort that is going on here. And yeah, let’s go
have a look around. Some of the main reasons for rescues include
animals being affected by power-lines, snares and also poisoning. It was awesome to see all of the animals but
the honey badger truly stole the show.