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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kruger National Park South Africa – Day 1

01 Orpen Gate Kruger NP H7 E Mpumalanga ZA (1024x544)
After five days touring in South Africa Joan and I finally made it to Kruger National Park where I hoped to see abundant wildlife...

13 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You got such wonderful pictures Gaelyn and it makes me long for those days again. Seeing the Big 5 all in the first day was a great achievement. There are VERY few people who can say they say them all even if they stayed there a week.

Carol said...

So glad I checked in...another wonderful trip...do Rangers comp each other? Did you get to stay in their hut?

Quiet Paths said...

This post was just like watching a nature program. Love this stuff.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

You were so lucky. I have seen leopard in the wild, but never in a game reserve!! That recording brings back so many memories..... and yes those bloody impala, as you say they are everywhere. No photos of Wild dog though, I know there are not may at Kruger but I was lucky enough to see them on my last visit. Diane

Al said...

That looks amazing, it's something I'd love to do one day. The sunset photo is truly classic.

Elaine said...

What a lot of wildlife you saw! It's a wonder you were able to sleep at all that night.

Bibi said...

These great photos make me want to head to Africa...maybe after INdia....

Remember Chevrolet Impalas? Still made? :)

Firefly said...

Although I've been to many game reserves in the Eastern Cape, I have never been to Kruger.

You had such a stunning first day, I am actually jealous. I love game reserves and its been a while since I've spent a couple of days in one.

The funny bit about Impala is that some rangers refer to them as the Mcdonald's buck (because of the 3 black lines on their legs and tail looking like a M), fast food of the veld.

As for those hyaena sounds, spine chilling stuff. Nothing to rock you to bed than the sounds of nature.

Janie said...

You saw an amazing number of African animals in a natural environment and got great photos of them, too. Loved hearing the hyena serenade!

Jo said...

You were indeed blessed to see all 5 on the first day. Well done to Joan and well done to you for the beautiful photos. I loved the hyena serenade. Satara is such a lovely camp. I just had to pop back here and read your post. (((Hugs))) Jo

Andrea said...

This hyena call gives me a little breeze.
This one is a call to others hyenas,meaning "come here,I found something interesting".
And if this sound is close to you,it means the interesting thing maybe is...you.

Ruth said...

What a great trip and a productive day at the park. I cannot get the video to load. When I click play it jumps to the collage of pictures.

Coral Wild said...

Hello Geogypsy
I've just found your blog by searching for images of Orpen Gate Kruger.
It sounds as if you had a really great day back in 2010.
Please may I borrow 1 or 2 of your photos of Orpen for my blog?
I will link back to your blog from my posting plus retain your watermark if you give me permission:)
looking forward to hearing back from you.
Sue

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