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We were right to spend two nights at Satara. It is a great place to drive around and enjoy the African Savannah under blue skies.
It was during our drive from Satara to our next camp Letaba, that we spotted our only leopard at Kruger. He was resting on a tree and admiring the view. We stayed with him for about four hours, waiting for him to do something. A yawn would do, thanks! Just when all the other cars gave up and left, the leopard leaped down from the tree, walked away and came back to claim the same branch as his couch for the day. I was lucky to catch the very moment when he was mid-air, leaping down the tree. See it on our Photo of The Week here.
We wanted to stay longer with the leopard but we had to reach Letaba before the gates closed.
We set up camp by the fence again and guess who came to visit us while the bushbabies were busy screaming?
Hyaenas again! This time two of them were in charge of patrolling the fence, captured by our camera trap.
Next day we were also lucky and got a genet walking by our tent in Shingwedzi camp when we were sound asleep. Just two feet from us.
As you drive north, the mixed thorn and marula woodland is replaced by mopane savannah and woodland. Even with the recent floods, most rivers appear dry, but hippos, crocs and other wildlife still find their way to flowing riverbeds and waterholes.
No doubt, our best memory has to be the leopard and the hyaenas visiting us at different camps. But there is one animal who takes a special place in our sighting list: the chameleon. We spotted this little guy only a few miles from Pafuri, our exit gate. Adorable.
Even if I am terrified of baboons, I still managed to get some decent shots of them. I must say that baboons must be the most entertaining animals you will come across. They are always doing stuff, going places, screaming about something. There is always something going on. Even I could spend an afternoon watching them.
We had some great close encounters with elephants and these two last photos are dedicated to them.
It was my first visit to Kruger and I will definitely go back again.