Landscapes, Kruger National Park
The landscape in this part of South Africa consists of flat or gradually sloping terrain covered in dense semi-arid shrubbery between acacia trees. It is very unlike the vast expanses of Kenya and Tanzania. I visited during the rainy season (christmas time) so it was greener than at the opposite end of the year.
Don’t miss the incredible view from the Nkumbe Viewsite. This view overlooks a huge expanse of land to the west including the Salitje river plains. With your binoculars you may see huge herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and or elephant walking across. Even if you don’t see much the view is nice and it is a great place to stretch your legs.
This is the Sabie river. After this river the park was named first, later they called it after Mr. Kruger.
As you can see, there are a lot of trees in it. That was, because they had quite a lot of rain and floodings before we came.
There is also a bridge over it. The bridge had some very twisted metal-rails because of the force the water had during the Flood.
If you are driving in the area it is definately worth going into Oliphants camp to stretch your legs and see the amazing view just out side the restaurant! Oliphants is situated high on top of a hill and a massive river plain curves round and past the foot of the hill. We went in the dry season, there was not much water. I can imagine its full in the wet season!
Bring your binoculars! You can see all the big crocs sunning themselves to warm up on the sand banks and other animals too! Stunning view!
My favourite of all the African trees is the Baobab! It is such a huge yet preposterous looking thing that it defies imagination! The Africans have a legend that says that the Creater gave the Baobab seeds to Baboons to plant. Unfortunately, the Baboons were so stupid that they put the seed into the soil upside down. Consequently, the Baobab has grown with its roots in the air! It seems like a good legend to me! If you look closely, you may see a small white dot near the bottom right side of the huge trunk - that is my Tilley sun hat!. These trees have the capability to suck up huge amounts of water, which is stored in their hollow trunks for later use - it reminds me of Arizona's Saguaro Cacti ! What you cannot see is the damage done to the bark of these trees by elephants. For as high as they can reach with their tusks, the bark is stripped off and eaten. Somehow, these trees manage to survive, this one being now protected inside the fence at Mopani - yet its bark was still gone.
Not to be missed an African sunset over the bush in the Kruger, it's amazing! Top it off with a cold beer!