It might be hard to put into words what it’s like to spot your first wild animal, but Intrepid’s Danielle Jeffreson still can’t stop talking about her South Africa experience…
“It’s 5.30am and the temperature is hovering around a fairly chilly 10 degrees Celsius (50F). We are about to set off on our first game drive in search of the Big 5 in Kruger National Park. The open backed safari vehicle definitely gets the cool wind rushing through your hair and everyone is excited with the prospect of sighting their first animal.
We travel along with our expert Kruger guide keeping a well trained and keen eye out, while the rest of us sit patiently waiting with our cameras at the ready. It’s not too long before we spot two elephant very close to the road, which gives us a great opportunity to get the close-up shots and marvel at these amazing creatures.
We continue our game drive and get to see many of the wonderful animals of the park, including lions, water buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, hippopotamus – the list goes on. It is incredible to see them so close and in their natural habitat going about their daily business.
A message comes over the radio and our guide advises that we need to quickly make our way to another location within Kruger. After 10 minutes of driving we are all excited and wondering what we are about to see. We are not disappointed – there on the side of the road are three beautiful cheetahs. The mother is out in front stalking an impala through the bushes and her two cubs are hanging back, patiently waiting for their feed. After a rare missed attempt at the impala just in front of our vehicle, the three cheetahs decide to take a rest in the sun, right in the middle of the road. They lounge back as we watch on in amazement. It’s such a fantastic sight to see and that along with all of our other sightings make our experience in Kruger National Park truly memorable!”
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* photo by Neil Mowbray – Intrepid Photography Competition