His book is really difficult to put down and if you are about to embark on a Kruger Park trip or you haven’t quite made up your mind yet, you should definitely get your hands on a copy of his book. Filled with 101 stories from guests from all walks of life, this book is beautifully put together. The stories are short and easy to read and an appendix of South Africa terminology is included.
I don’t know about you, but the lion is my favourite animal. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved these magnificent beasts. Funny, seeing as I am not even remotely a cat person. But there is just something about a lion that I can’t get enough of. I spent a lot of my childhood in the Kruger National Park, so I have seen more than my fair share of these stunning animals. I have not, however, had experiences that come even close to some of those mentioned in this book.
There are stories of people getting out of their cars to get a closer look at a lion and there are the startling photos of a lioness trying her best to open a car door with her mouth. Lions are always going to be an exciting animal to see.
My favourite story from the book is about a group of tourists who happened upon a lone vet while they were on their Kruger Park safari. The vet had just darted a lion, but could not lift the animal into the back of his bakkie. He asked the tourists to assist him, and soon it would seem like half the park had exited their vehicles to see what was happening. With the rest of the pride probably looking at the tasty human treats simply walking into their territory, it was up to the safari tour guide to get people back to their cars. When he got to a pretty young woman, however, he was more than happy to have her assist them!
When you first see an elephant, the only way to describe it is by saying you’ll probably be shocked by the size. You already know elephants are huge, but you can only appreciate their size once they are in front of you. Despite their size, elephants are rarely aggressive.
In one of the stories featured in the book, the scene that plays out is one that is reminiscent of a Rudyard Kipling tale. A young elephant walked to the edge of the water and as he dipped his trunk into the water, a crocodile lurched out, snapped down on his trunk and attempted to pull him down into the water. They played a game of tug of war until the baby’s family came rushing to his aid. Eventually, the croc released its hold and the herd moved on. A series of photos captured the scene and these images have been printed all over the world.
Snakes are not for everyone. Actually, I don’t know a single person who would be happy to encounter a large snake while they are on holiday in the park. But the reality is that the park is home to a vast population of snakes and sometimes they find their way into tents.
Guests staying in a safari tent had an unfortunate encounter with a snake when she wanted to use the en-suite bathroom in her tent. When turning on her light, she came face to face with a one and a half meter long spitting cobra. The snake was after a bat and it took flight when it was spotted. It took most of the day and 3 rangers to finally remove the slithery friend removed from the tent.