Krüger National Park day two; Grey,Black and White Giants

White rhino mother and calf, Kruger National Park

White rhino mother and calf, Kruger National Park

Most people had left already by the time I ventured out. I decided to head south, to travel along the dryer and higher midlands.

Hyena close up, Kruger National Park

Hyena close up, Kruger National Park

It didn’t take long to spot a pack of hyenas. They sure had a big meal overnight, their bellies were full. There is a distinct hierarchy within the pack and the lower ranked knew their place.

Top ranked hyena, Kruger National Park

Top-ranked hyena, Kruger National Park

I noticed a hole next to the road which could indicate a den. Let’s wait and see what happens, I thought.

Mom and puppy hyena, Kruger National Park

Mom and puppy hyena, Kruger National Park

When all other cars drove on, mum called out her pup. Just for me?

Hyena puppy on the lookout, Kruger National Park

Hyena puppy on the lookout, Kruger National Park

Little cutie was excited but didn’t venture too far from mum. Mum was paying good attention to what was going on around her.

Spotting spotted hyena, Kruger National Park

Spotting spotted hyena, Kruger National Park

There seemed to be only one pup left, others hadn’t made it. One more reason to watch out for danger.

Hyena heads up, Kruger National Park

Hyena heads up, Kruger National Park

Hyenas are not on the ‘pretty to watch list’, but I had to disagree. Seeing these hunters and scavengers up close and personal is a memorable moment.

Cloudy sunrise, Kruger National Park

Cloudy sunrise, Kruger National Park

The gravel road I turned on to didn’t show muchwildlifee, but serenity. A lone female Kudu crossed the road gracefully and stopped to look at an oversized zebra. Priceless.

Kudu female, Kruger National Park

Kudu female, Kruger National Park

I noticed some fresh small cat tracks on the road, most likely a serval or caracal. A fair size dam held hippos and crocs, one was floating a few hundred meters away. At first, I thought it was some sort off floating vegetation, but it went down, to come again.

Fish Eagle nest, Kruger National Park

Fish Eagle nest, Kruger National Park

A fish eagle made use of the flooded trees, nesting in the safe surrounding. A perfect spot for a coffee break. No one anywhere near. It is noticeable dryer up here, most riverbeds were dry as.

Tiny turtle without water, Kruger National Park

A tiny turtle without water, Kruger National Park

A tiny turtle appeared out of nowhere, maybe it just hatched?

Giraffe black and white, Kruger National Park

Giraffe black and white, Kruger National Park

Some giraffes enjoyed some greens a few km’s onwards, quite close to the road.

Giraffe in sepia, Kruger National Park

Giraffe in sepia, Kruger National Park

For a huge mammal, they walk quite gracefully.

Giraffe close up, Kruger National Park

Giraffe close up, Kruger National Park

A fantastic opportunity for some close up photos.

Bull in thrust, Kruger National Park

Elephant Bull in thrust, Kruger National Park

It wasn’t long before my next roadblock, close to the Crocodile River.

Elephant lunch, Kruger National Park

Elephant lunch, Kruger National Park

One of the bulls seemed to be in thrust, throwing bushes to a mother and her calf. Can’t shag her he thought.

Elephantastic Black and white, Kruger National Park

Elephantastic Black and white, Kruger National Park

Another was quite interested in another elephant’s shite. Maybe he was reading the news?

Sniffing around, Kruger National Park

Sniffing around, Kruger National Park

No matter how often you see these gentle giants up close and personal, it always is an exciting spectacle. Particular when smaller calves venture out playing, always under a watchful eye from mom though.

Cute dumbo smile, Kruger National Park

Cute dumbo smile, Mother and Calf elephant, Kruger National Park

I drove on to see a few cars parked next to the road. The more cars, the higher the animal on the watch list.

Pumba and friends are never far off, Kruger National Park

Pumba and friends are never far off, Kruger National Park

A pack of wild dogs rested behind bushes in the shade. Only a bit of movement gave them away. The sun was out in full force meanwhile and both of us were steaming. We stuck it out for a while, hoping they would move to a different spot. Besides, we couldn’t go anywhere as the road was jammed meanwhile.

South African road train, Kruger National Park

South African road train, Kruger National Park

That cleared quickly when even bigger road users arrived.

Big momma, Kruger National Park

Big momma elephant, Kruger National Park

A small family of elephants made a big impact, almost causing havoc by drivers blocking the road. This was quite amusing to watch.

Looking straight at us, Kruger National Park

Elephant looking straight at us, Kruger National Park

The elephants were passing just meters from Zimba, not a worry in the world.

Looking for shade, Kruger National Park

Looking for shade, Kruger National Park

I got a photo of one of the wild dogs moving to another shady spot, but I needed some shade too. I chilled for a while at Berg-en-dal camp, when a fellow visitor pointed out, that the Rangers are looking for info about the Ground Hornbill I saw yesterday. I will mention that when I check in later. On my way up north to ‘Pretoriuskop Rest camp’, I pulled in to check out a small dam. Perfect time for wildlife around waterholes on a very hot day. I noticed three rhinos in the thick bush, heading towards the dam. I stopped at the tiny water hole, no one around.

Rhino reflections, Kruger National Park

Rhino reflections, Kruger National Park

I jumped out of my car for a wee, when I saw those three rhinos heading towards the drinking spot. Naming the area on social media is still a no-no due to poaching, sadly enough. Meanwhile, the male rhino appeared first, standing not far from me, just on the other side of the smallish waterhole.

Happy rhino family, Kruger National Park

Happy rhino family, Kruger National Park

Mother and calf were not too far behind. I was still out of my car, they weren’t far. My heart started beating somewhat faster. There was no erratic behavior, but they saw me and seemed anxious. I really believe that Zimba’s stripes affect the animals in a calming matter, as I have noticed that on a few occasions.

Keeping a good eye out with good reasons, Kruger National Park

Keeping a good eye out with good reasons, Kruger National Park

The pond offered nice reflections, something I wouldn’t see often. They were desperate for a drink and mud bath, so I let them be. Looking at the photos later, I realized the following; The male actually was a very rare black rhino, with a rounder and pointier face.

Black rhino, Kruger National Park

Black rhino, Kruger National Park

Mum clearly is a white rhino with a square mouth. Youngster appears to be a mix in between. But that is just my guess.

White rhino mother and calf, Kruger National Park

White rhino mother and calf, Kruger National Park

They seemed harmonious together, hopefully, it will stay that way. Poaching, in particular in National Parks, is still a huge problem. It’s not looking good for their future.

Motionless Giraffe, Kruger National Park

Motionless Giraffe, Kruger National Park

The sunlight was fading fast and I still had a fair way to go to ‘Pretoriuskop’ Rest camp.

Giraffe sunset, Kruger National Park

Giraffe sunset, Kruger National Park

A giraffe was standing motionless under an Acacia tree, while the sun was setting behind. What a view. I could have stayed longer and watched the sun disappear in a giraffe’s shadow, but had no time left. I made it just in time to get Pretoriuskop before the gates closed. I checked in and mentioned that I have seen a few Ground Hornbills. Was it the one with the ring? The female attendant asked.  I didn’t expect a reply like that at all. I regathered my wit and said. ‘He had the same size as a hobbit, and he sure was looking for something. Let me know when he finds the precious.”

The precious, Kruger National Park

The precious, Kruger National Park

This time, she looked like a stunned mullet. Ha ha… the preeeccioussss….

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