|Thorns are good sketching subjects|
|My room at Moholoholo Mt. View|
|We listen intently to Colin's teachings|
|Colin discusses a leopard track|
Kruger National Park
|Elephants at Orpen Gate|
|A black-backed jackal studies us|
|Impalas are most common in the park|
|Cape buffalo (not water buffalo)|
|A crocodile with a charming smile|
|Elephants so close we could almost touch them|
But vehicles must be out of Kruger Park by dark, and the sun was close to setting, so we reluctantly pulled away ~ only to come to a sudden stop a short way down the road when we saw this beautiful caracal, a rarely-seen tasseled-eared cat about the size of our American bobcat, only a few feet away in the grass. For a moment it stared directly into my eyes, and I had an indescribably deep feeling of connection. Then it was gone. We'd been hoping to see lions, but to me this was far, far better.
|Caracal in the grass|
Exiting at Phalaborwa Gate (the locals pronounce it pal-uh-BOR-uh) it was well after dark when we reached Moholoholo, tired and hungry, but filled with satisfaction with our day's adventures in Kruger National Park.
I forgot to mention, just before we left the park we came across a helicopter, and a truck filled with armed men beside the road, preparing to launch an anti-poacher operation. It was good to see that poaching is being taken seriously there. Rhinos are the most at risk.
Okay. More tomorrow or the next day!