Here's a short video of some wild dogs at play we saw early one morning in the Kruger. We had watched these guys for about 20 minutes when they turned in our direction. They trotted to within a few metres and then relaxed for a while.
They are hyper active, hardly able to stay still for more than a few minutes.
My wife and I stayed at Jock's for 3 nights at the beginning of our
recent 2 week trip to the Kruger and surrounds. It is one of the older
lodges within the park and you do get that feeling. It is immaculately
kept though with an extremely well run and efficient operation.
Our host was Louis Strauss who is an extremely personable person who relates the history of the dog Jock (after whom the lodge is named), the Jackal Berry tree story and the history of the lodge with an obvious enjoyment for what he dos.
guide, Jacob, was very knowledgeable and showed a passion for what he
was doing. He tried hard to ensure that we got the most out of our
drives. He went above and beyond one evening when after dinner, we
received news that 3 male lions were about 15 minutes away and wandering
along the roads. Jacob grabbed us and off we went. We were treated
to a display of the 3 lions reestablishing their territorial markings
after the rain and the sight of a large male lion being frightened of by
a scorpion. Not sure if he was stung but it was comical.
Young male Hyena, South Africa, Nov2013
We were also fortunate enough to come across a juvenile male Hyena sitting by the side of the road. He was reasonably relaxed at first but slowly became more animated as we stayed a while. The reason was obvious when after a few minutes one of the more senior males emerged from the bush.
Male Hyenas have an unusual and very intimate way of introducing
themselves. They spend quite a few minutes smelling each others penis, if that doesn't inspire confidence in each other, I am not sure what would.
also aware that we wanted more than just the big 5 and ensured that we
met two of our favourites, the wild dogs and also hyenas.
It's not always about the Big 5 or the predators. It is also about the birds, lizards and the other mammals that are out and about at different times of the day. Jacob made sure that we saw just about everything that there was to see as we wandered around the Kruger. Well done
Jacob!! The food was good, the place nice and clean, the staff very welcoming and the drives conducted by a great guide.
Rating 4/5, well worth a visit when you're in the Kruger. Cheers DADFAP
I recently spent two
weeks with my wife in and around the Kruger Park in South Africa. The
main reason that we go there is photography although my wife likes it
because we are so “disconnected” from my real job. Mobile phone
coverage is available but when the choice is talking on the phone or
photographing wild dogs …................. phone loses every time!
Female lion suckling cubs, Kapama Buffalo Camp, South Africa, Dec13
The Kruger is
obviously well known, the Sabi Sabi is an area adjacent to the main
Kruger Park. The beauty of this whole area is that the fences between
the various conservancies on the area were brought down many years
ago. This meant that the Kruger as greatly expanded, the animals had
greater freedom to roam and the whole experience for tourists was
Travelling in the
South African bush does not mean roughing it unless that's your
style. There are camps (tented and buildings) that cater for every
accommodation level. On this trip we stayed at Jock (the original
concession in the Kruger), Nottens, Shumbalala and Kapama Buffalo
We typically stay no more than three nights at any lodge. We
find that we start to feel a little stale at the lodge if we stay any
It is hard to pick
highlights from any trip to South Africa or
Namibia. On this trip we
saw a young male leopard chased up a tree by a herd of buffalo. They
then tried to knock the tree down or hit it hard enough to shake him
we witnessed a juvenile male hyena greet a senior male from
The young male was sun baking on some rocks on the side of the road
as we passed in our vehicle. We stopped and photographed him for a
while, watching him enjoy the late morning sun. About 10 minutes went
by when he started to become a little restless and it was then that
the senior male emerged from the bush to be greeted by the more
Or the other time at
sundowners (the evening cold drink out in the veldt watching the sun
go down over the bush) when a small group of rhino emerged from the
bush about 150m away.
animals simply stood there trying to work out what we were doing.
They wandered a few metres in our direction before stopping and
staring at us for a while. After about ten minutes they wandered off,
bored with just standing there watching us watch them.
Each of the lodges
is different in terms of accommodation style, the game drives and
sightings, the food experience and the overall feeling of the lodges.
It is hard to get bored with a two week stay in and around the
Kruger. We have spent as long as four weeks on game drives in
different lodges and enjoyed each and every one.
a voyeuristic “fix” of Africa and the wildlife, I often use the
South African National Parks (SANParks) web-cam feed. It is available
at ; http://www.sanparks.org/webcams/
trip was organised by a very efficient and organised lady at
She was highly attentive to our needs and what we wanted from this
trip and I would recommend them for travels to South Africa.
Put a trip to South
Africa on your bucket list, then move it to the top. That's where it