Kruger, day 3

The rumor is spreading … lions are being spotted. We’re taking our chance and start early morning to try to find them, but unfortunately. We only see “general game”; the kind of easy to spot animals like deer, giraffes, zebras and wildebeests. This kind of game is not noted on the sighting boards or apps. There you only find information about lions, buffalos, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs. Rhinos definitely are also part of the “difficult to spot game”, but because of poaching you aren’t allowed to share information about their locations.

We did see a group of ground hornbills today; these are huge black birds with something red under their beaks, very interesting, but endangered birds. We drove quite a while and got a little bored as we didn’t see anything spectacular until we reached a waterhole where we had a coffee/tea break. We were watching some waterbucks and impalas, while oxpeckers were taking away their ticks. Everything was quiet and relaxed until … we heard a growing noise and saw a herd of elephants approaching the waterhole, right in front of us. This was a huge herd, they quickly came closer and we tried counting them, but we only succeeded after they all lined up at the water and stand their drinking. 37 elephants! Wow, national geographic live again!

Later that day we also saw a huge group of buffalos. These animals are so impressive. They slowly turn their heads to see who’s looking at them and they seem to tell you with their eyes; don’t mess with me, or I’m coming after you!! And you don’t want to try, cause they are huge and those horns are impressive. So we watched them from a distance, took some pictures and moved on.

For this night we had booked a tent in a tented camp, as there were no camping spots available anymore. For once we had a real bed and we could change ourselves in standing position (instead of lying down or sitting on your knees in the tents of our beast). While we were having dinner at our veranda, we heard some noise in the bushes around us, we checked and saw a spotted genet (a small cat with a very long tail) and we found another honey badger.

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