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South Africa wildlife XI: last Kruger Safari

Last year we had our first safari trip to Kruger, and it was as amazing as you’d expect. We took two tours with experienced safari guides, and spent a day with friends who had a car. This year, for our second Kruger trip and as a finale to our African experience, we hired a car for a whole week so we could slow down and explore by ourselves.

With 7 days of venturing into the park with my rental car and camera, I ended up with about 6000 photos and some amazing memories. Hunting for wildlife ourselves was completely different from being driven around. Just stopping and sitting (safely inside the car!), you can wait and observe behaviours as the animals relax and accept you as a part of the scenery – it’s a much more intimate experience.

As this was my second safari trip, I tried to get some more candid shots this time around, and share some more unusual special moments. I’ve split them into 4 short galleries below – please click into any to see the full-size photos and read my captions.

Note: For the more typical safari experience and an introduction to Kruger, please check out my post from last year – I’ve tried not to replicate too much from there with this year’s photo selection!

Scenic shots

With this set, I’ve tried to give you some of the feeling of being out in the endless wild spaces of Kruger.

Behaviour

Animals going about the business of their daily lives – eating, greeting, fighting, playing…

Birds

A small selection of my favourite bird portraits from this trip (this section could have been many times longer!)

Animals

And we’ll finish with some of my favourite animal moments…

I wanted to select these photos for you while the experience was still fresh in my mind – it’s already starting to fade, but looking through all my photos has brought it right back again! I’m so thankful to have had these amazing wildlife experiences that are worlds away from anything I’ll see in Canada, and I’m glad I have my photos as a record of our adventures.

I hope these photos have given you a little taste of the magic of the wilds of Africa! Please leave me a comment if you’ve enjoyed them…

14 Comments »

  1. Lindy said

    Just fantastic, and amazing photography. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible photos and safari.
    Love, Lindy xx

  2. Michele said

    Truly enjoyed all of your pictures. I believe your pictures are equally if not much better than the Africa shows we all see in the T.V. Thankyou Michele

  3. Hermione impettt said

    Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them. Hope you are settling in. All the best

  4. suzanprincess said

    I very much enjoyed your photos, especially since you took the time to label them: pretty is good, but pretty and informative is great–thanks!

  5. Nancy said

    Oh June, how wonderful are your pictures! Most of them are better than the many thousands of photos I’ve seen taken by professionals. You have a most steady hand … mine shakes incredibly, lol! I love the animals of Africa as well and really enjoyed these pics you have taken. Thank you so much. God give you grace in abundance and blessings immeasurable! Blessings!

  6. MJ said

    Loved your photos. An African safari is on my bucket wish list …

  7. Tiffany Pierson said

    Wow love the pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Lots of inspiration

  8. Nguyet Hy said

    Loved your photos. An African safari is on my bucket wish list …

  9. Nguyet Hy said

    Great experience, thank you very much

  10. Andrea Matthewson said

    Hi June
    What stunning photos of a great trip to Kruger Park. I hope you have happy memories of South Africa to take home with you. Have a happy Christmas and New year in your new home. Regards Andrea

  11. Miriam P. said

    Looking through your photos just might be my favorite Christmas present this year. Thank you!

  12. Barbara Chatzkel said

    Your photos were amazing and motivating. We’ve been planning for an extended trip and after seeing these photos I know we will be doing a safari (not sure if independent or escorted).

    I can see some of your patterns coming to life in the photos.

  13. hoa dep said

    I hope you have happy memories of South Africa to take home with you

  14. Just amazing!

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