South africa wildlife: wildlife photo safari

In South Africa, contrary to what people believe, wild animals are not 100% free to go wherever they want. For both people and animals safety, they are gathered in several national parks in which each visitor has generaly two opportunities:
  • To drive through the trails with his own car
  • To take part in a game drive in a range rover driven by a ranger who knows the place and the animals behavior.
And believe me, watching south african wildlife is simply extraordinary!

South africa wildlife: wildlife park

To begin with, we experienced the first option in a small park. There, we discovered our very first giraffe and antelopes as well as a wild dog...
giraffe
giraffe



impalas
impalas
wild dog
wild dog
 

South africa wildlife: Kruger park

A few days later, we went to the famous Kruger park which is 20.000 km². We observed plenty of antelopes among which the Impalas nicknamed "Mac Donald of the bush" by the rangers. Despite the very high temperature (40°C), we managed to see a few elephants, zebras, Waterbuckss, warthogs...
South Africa wildlife is easily spotted though the park is immense.
elephant
elephant
impalas
impalas
kori bustard
kori bustard
warthog
warthog
waterbucks
waterbucks
cheetah
cheetah
 

South africa wildlife: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi park

A week later, While we were heading south towards the Indian ocean coast, we voluntary made a slight detour to criss-cross the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi trails. This park was much greener than Kruger thanks to the luxuriant vegetation. There, we encountered several species we hadn't seen yet such as Rhinos, Gnous et Hyenas.
However, because of the dense vegetation it was more difficult to spot wildlife in this south african park.
rhinoceros
rhinoceros



zebra
zebra
buffalo
buffalo
gnou
gnou
giraffe
giraffe
 

South africa wildlife: Santa Lucia park

Along the Indian coast, we rented a boat so as to discover the wildlife living in South africa Santa Lucia's lake. Hippos, Crocodiles and several birds awaited us...
hippopotamus
hippos
crocodile
crocodile
 
hamerkop
hamerkop
cormoran
cormoran
fish eagle
fish eagle
 

South africa wildlife: Cape of Good Hope

Finally, during our stay in Cape town, we first saw dassies up table montain. Then we discovered Ostriches, lezards and pheasants in Cape of Good Hope natural reserve, a place where, for some reasons, we were not excpecting to spot south africa wildlife.
guinea fowl
guinea fowl
Ostrich
ostrich
 
Lezard
lezard
rock dassies
rock dassies