South Africa
Leopard - #5 of the BIG 5
Leopard - #5 of the BIG 5 (106)
Trip Information
Trip Date:2009-10-04 - 2009-10-24
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Countries visited:South Africa
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by Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5300 N: 5] (18714)
The Kruger National Park is one of the most unspoilt natural eco-systems left in Southern Africa. It is always exciting to see the Big 5: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo (which incidentally got this title as the five most dangerous species to hunt), but don't overlook the other Big 5: Giraffe, Hippo, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena, which make up our Big 10.

Kruger National Park also has the most striking landscapes, and one cannot visit the park and return without a few beautiful scenic shots on your camera. The rock formations, dried river beds, huge trees (especially the seemingly ancient Baobab), the diversity of plant life and the variety of dams and rivers are just a few to mention, but all worthy to photograph and appreciate.

Kruger is actually a mosaic of colour at the time we normally visit in October. There is a great contrast between the tall yellow grass from the previous season, the recently burned and blackened areas, and the bright green areas showing the new growth of the season. Sometimes the burnt grass looks as black as charcoal and those areas where the early rains have nourished the earth the veld is a lush verdant green. That is what Kruger is all about the cycle of life with all its contrasts. It's just amazing what we don't see when we live in our own concrete jungle.

What makes Kruger so special is its vastness. This is not a 5000 hectare land; it is 2000 square kilometre wilderness!