Out of the Johannesburg airport, picked up a new van and overnight at a nice guest house in an upscale urban neighborhood.
The weather turned ugly the next morning and we headed to our next destinations, Dulstroom and the Drakensberg Mountains, through rain and fog. Obviously, this significantly affected any photography; the few opportunities we got were on a side trip down a muddy road shooting through the fog.
One African wattled lapwing was today’s prize
We reached our destination early at the Misty Mountain Hotel at Long Tom Pass which, on a clear day would have been outstanding, beautiful views out of the room (if the fog & rain had lifted)
The next morning was a bit better and we headed into Kruger National Park for 5 days of fantastic photography, even though the weather varied from sunny to rain. Our guide and safari vehicle was awaiting us.
The camps were pretty active tourist areas. Lodging was in small very nice individual cabins and we moved from camp to camp. Camps protected by electric fences and the gates close at 6:30 at night, open at daylight. Monkeys and baboons have little problem in getting in, though.
Vervet monkey checking out my camera
So many different animals so I’ll devote the remainder of the blogs to one or more animals groups. I’ll start with the most common ones…impala, kudu, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffe, & zebra.