We were surrounded by dense bushveld at the edge of Kruger Park, watching the sunrise over the gently rolling land dotted with shrubs and acacia trees. After getting locked INTO the guest house compound early that morning, we had arrived at the reserve just after opening time, ready for a day-long, self-guided safari.
In our tiny subcompact car.
The thing they don’t tell you about safaris is that you spend a lot of time looking. And by a lot, I mean, A LOT.
But when you catch a sight of wild game, it’s 100% worth it.
My dad and I spent the day meandering through the park, taking in wonderful sights of elephants, zebras, bokkies of all sorts, hippos, rhinos, hyenas, wildebeests, and many other things. No big cats, but lots of incredible wildlife.
We left the park at closing time, almost 12 hours after we entered it. We had covered a ridiculously small amount of space in a lot of driving time, but it was a wonderful day. It was a blessing to spend the time with my Dad, and I enjoyed showing him around on his first-ever safari.
Except when he decided to drive up close to an elephant, leaving less than 10 feet between it and our car. EEK! Or when he perched on the edge of a cliff. 😉
But overall, it was a great way to spend the day.
Though our eyes were pretty tired of looking around by the end of the day!