I took this image on our last evening drive in Kruger Park, I thought its a fitting way to say goodbye to the memories of our world cup trip last year. Our experience was nothing but positive, it was really unfortunate how the security situation was blown out of proportion and I’m sure as we witnessed had its impact on attendance! We were definitely glad to see that the tournament was pulled off without any major incidents, the people of South Africa and rest of the continent deserved it.
But really there is something about Africa, its such a raw and beautiful place. This is just a glimpse of whats out there…
Going back to our Safari, on our first morning drive right before sunrise we saw this gentle giant. What a sight, the way they move, they kind of sound like a dinosaur in the movies! I believe this is considered a white rhino and I think its because its actually the lightest of the 5 species of rhinos. Sadly a lot of them are being hunted down for their horn by poachers either for luxury products or traditional medicinal purposes.
In the above image I admit that I got scared, I thought he was going to charge us specially that I was zoomed in all the way to 200mm so I thought he was actually closer, he stared us for a bit then turned around (below) and ran off. Sadly we didn’t see one again but the 2-3 minutes seeing one in its natural habitat was quite a memorable experience, enough that it deserved its own post