Notes for readers:
- Diary entries are written in first person as they were composed in real time.
- The “we” refers to me and a lifelong friend, Razz Rasberry, who has always wanted to see African wildlife.
- This is one of a series of posts chronicling my March, 2020 visit to the Kruger over 11 days and 10 nights.
We spent last night in the marvelous tents at Punda Maria Camp, then took off early this morning to head south to Olifants Camp, where we will spend two glorious nights overlooking the Olifants River from the high bluff that the camp sits upon. Last night and en route south today we saw or heard these animals:
- Lion (blood-curdling roars–only heard last night, not seen)
- Hyena (eerie rising whoops–only heard all night and this morning, not seen)
- Black-backed Jackal
- Ground Hornbill
- Cape Buffalo
- Red-billed Hornbill
- Baboon (including these cute babies below)
Altogether, it was another long and productive drive for seeing wildlife. Along the way we stopped to admire this magnificent baobab tree just north of Olifants Camp in full summer foliage:
And, earlier, we stopped on the Letaba River bridge (one of the few places getting out of the vehicle is allowed, albeit at your own risk). We passed hundreds more elephants.
The below photos give some impressions of the spectacular natural beauty in view from the Olifants Camp perimeter rondavels. I was careful to reserve the primo locations, assigned as number 11 and 12. I took these photos from 12. That’s Razz on the porch taking late afternoon photos.
Perimeter cottages at Olifants demand a premium. These were around $117/night each (at the Dollar/Rand exchange rate at the time I booked), compared to about $75/night per person for the “luxury” tents we slept in at Punda Maria last night.
Razz and I are here at Olifants in this Eden-like setting with billion dollar views for two nights. We wasted no time opening beers and relaxing in awe of the astonishing vista. From this God’s eye view we can watch herds of elephants fording the Olifants River below, hippos munching grass on the far bank, and Waterbuck everywhere in and by the river. As always when the time comes, it will be hard to leave Olifants Camp.