Three days in Kruger

Every March for at least the last five years I have spent a long weekend in the Kruger National Park.  I’ve come to expect the same thing each year – high temperatures, high humidity, and thick, green bush.

Not so this year.  With much of Southern Africa caught in the grip of a severe drought, Kruger has been badly hit.  With scorched earth, intermittent clumps of brown grass, and record-breaking high temperatures, the Park is terribly changed.

The most obvious victims are the hippos.  Bone dry riverbeds and dams has meant hippos  gathering in tiny pools, and also grazing during the day in an effort to find food.  We saw a few carcasses in the Lower Sabie area, and if there isn’t a lot of rain in the next few months before winter, I cannot imagine many hippos will survive.

It was a tough few days.  We saw a lot of game, due to the scarcity of vegetation and the concentration of game around water sources, but it was heartbreaking to think how things may get worse over the next five months.

Highlights were seeing tons of ellies, two sable (which I’ve never seen before), at least eight white rhino, and a spotty heap of panting hyena.

Elephant in Kruger
Giant kingfisher, Crocodile Bridge, Kruger National Park

Young wildebeest,  Kruger National Park

Vervet monkey,  Kruger National Park

 Kruger National Park

Zebra,  Kruger National Park

Sable,  Kruger National Park

Young impala,  Kruger National Park

Hyena,  Kruger National Park

Elephants,  Kruger National Park

Tawny eagle,  Kruger National Park

Open billed stork,  Kruger National Park

Crocodile,  Kruger National Park

Black stork,  Kruger National Park

Elephants,  Kruger National Park

Giraffe,  Kruger National Park

You can read more about the impact of the drought in Kruger over here.

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