An elephant south of the equator

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We have scarcely got past second gear the last four days and are here in Letaba camp for our fourth night in Krueger National Park. I am presently enjoying an ice cold beer under a thatched terrace along the Letaba River Valley. A group of of Baboons lope across the shallow river, several Elands and Bushbucks graze along the green edges, and Goliath Herons and Storks stand stock still in the pools. The scene continually changes and each time you look up different animals may appear. Fluorescent colored birds fly through the terrace and one must stay on guard to keep the Burbot monkeys from raiding a morsel of food from your table or taking a swig of your beer. Now it is midday and hot. The refreshing dip in the pool has worn off and some laziness has set in. Our pattern has been to arise about 0430 and catch the sunrise on safari. The animals are more active in the morning and evening. You are unable to get out of your vehicle in the park so it is nice to get into camp by 1300 or so and have a good stretch.

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The amenities are very nice in the Kreuger camps so we have decided to stay over here in Letaba to have a day to study our animal and bird books and laze around the swimming pool.
The ablutions are very clean and the grounds are nicely manicured under large shade trees.
There is no wifi in this camp so I will send posts, and hopefully some pictures, from Polokwane,
Our plan at this time is to restock in Polokwane and head for the Kalahari where we will have to be totally self reliant. The proliferation and shapes and sizes of the animals here boggles the mind. The whole enormity and beauty of these African landscapes is somehow deeply relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Being here feeds and enriches the imagination. I think Dr. Seuss must have visited or lived in Africa.

 

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This sign marks the height of the 2000 flood in the Letaba River

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