African Ostrich – Say Hello!

Standing tall on long, bare legs, a humped, feathered body and a long, curving neck, the Ostrich is the biggest bird species of the world. It can’t fly but is a very fast runner.

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We saw many Ostriches in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, however, they are not endemic to this region. Ostriches have been successfully domesticated and are now farmed throughout the world, particularly in South Africa, for meat, feathers and leather. Curious as they are, Ostriches make always for a funny picture!

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Mit den langen, haarlosen Beinen, dem gewölbten, gefederten Körper und dem langen, kurvigen Hals gehört der Strauss zur grössten Vogelart der Welt. Er kann nicht fliegen, dafür kann er sehr schnell rennen.

Wir sahen viele Afrikanische Sträusse im Kruger National Park, Südafrika, sie sind jedoch nicht endemisch in dieser Region. Sträusse wurden erfolgreich domestiziert und werden heutzutage weltweit, und vorallem auch in Südafrika, für Fleisch, Federn und Leder gezüchtet. Sträusse sind immer gut für ein lustiges Foto, neugierig wie sie sind!


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Kruger National Park In The Summer

What’s your favorite animal? On our recent trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa – one of our favorite places – we had an amazing time. Enjoy our first video, more to come.

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Moving pictures of our last visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa. First time to visit in the lush summer time after good rains, when newborn are numerous and birds are abundant.

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Kruger Nationalpark im Sommer

Bewegende Bilder unseres letzten Besuches im Kruger Nationalpark, Südafrika. Zum ersten Mal reisten wir im üppigen Sommer nach ausreichendem Regen,  wenn Junge zahlreich geboren werden und Vögel in Scharen anzutreffen sind.

Giraffe With Two Heads

Driving the S25 along the Crocodile River I captured this unusual picture of giraffes in the Kruger National Park.

Driving the S25 along the Crocodile River I captured this unusual picture of giraffes in the Kruger National Park.

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One Month+ In Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park – best place on earth – a wild and harsh place for humans if not pampered in a luxury safari camp. But certainly worthwhile even only with canvas between the wild sounds of the night and us.

Our backs thankfully appreciate that we are back in civilization after several weeks camping on an air mattress whose occasional holes had to be repaired regularly after an uncomfortable night on the rock hard ground of Kruger National Park in South AfricaContinue reading “One Month+ In Kruger National Park, South Africa”

Running the elephant gauntlet

Running the elephant gauntlet – a safari in the Kruger National Park

On the road going from the Shingwedzi River to Punda Maria in the northern section of the Kruger National Park are literally thousands of elephants. Cross the bridge you hit flat country covered with Mopani shrub. A tributary runs parallel to the main road some two to three hundred meters to the left. Elephants make their way to and from this source of water early mornings and late afternoons.

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Defeating the odds – Why camping in the tent is great

Why camping in a tent in the Kruger National Park is great

Every muscle is aching and my joints crack, when I get out of our tiny tent. We’ve got self-inflatable mattresses, which provide minimal comfort. It seems to me after one night of struggling to sleep on the hard ground an undoubtedly huge bravery on our part to book four weeks in the Kruger Park at several campsites from Pretorius Kop in the South up to Punda Maria, the northernmost camp. Continue reading “Defeating the odds – Why camping in the tent is great”

Kruger National Park, South Africa – Wildlife as close as can be

Wildlife as close as can be – Kruger National Park

Hyaenas patrol up and down the fence at Satara Camp in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, hoping for some bones, which might fly miraculously from the braai-fires of the campers over the fence into their reach. Continue reading “Kruger National Park, South Africa – Wildlife as close as can be”