4Photos from My Safari to Kruger National Park

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4Photos from My Safari to Kruger National Park
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4Photos from My Safari to Kruger National Park

Hello again! After six weeks of travel, I am back in New York City. I was all over the US, parts of Europe, South Africa, and Madagascar. There’s a lot – A LOT – of new content coming and I’m kicking it off today with an epic photo post from my visit. Because who doesn’t love animals, right?

When I first went to South Africa, I stuck to the west coast, landing in Cape Town and traveling north into Namibia (or “Nambia,” as El Presidente likes to call it) before trekking across Southern Africa. Because of that, I missed one of place I’ve longed to visit: Kruger National Park.

Possibly one of the most famous parks in the world, Kruger is one of the largest game reserves on the continent and covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 sq. mi.), sharing borders with Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe to the north. It was first protected in 1898 and became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. According to the government, over 1.6 million people visit it each year.

I’ve long dreamed of going on safari there, spotting lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, and my personal favorite, the honey badger. You always hear how great Kruger is for safaris. It’s like an animal lover’s utopia.

Last month, I finally got to tick the park off my list. (Actually, I don’t have a list but picture one and me crossing Kruger off it.) I spent three days there with Intrepid Travel. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Animals to my left, to my right, and in front of me. I watched as elephants played on riverbanks and lazy lions slept the day away. Birds tried to steal my lunch as I wondered, “Where are the honey badgers?”

I saw sunrises and sunsets that made my heart go aflutter. The red sun rose and set, letting us know that he is the king of the sky. And after he retired for the day, I watched the sky twinkle with stars, unpolluted by city light, with the Milky Way clouding the sky.

There’s just something magical about being in the Africa savannah. It’s as if my Neanderthal DNA called out to me through my blood, recognizing its long lost home.

And the only way to show you that majesty is through pictures, as they do more justice to the park than my words ever could

A thin lion standing in the grass.

A male lion looking at me like I’m food.

 

A baby monkey climbing in a tree.

A cute little monkey just hanging around!

A small exotic bird in South Africa.

A female grey headed king fisher!

A zebra and elephant in Kruger National Park.

A zebra and elephant each going their own way.

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