Rainy season has started:
Finally, some relief has come for the Kruger National Park! It has been a very dry 2 years and it has even been compared to 1991/1992 when the Lowveld area was hit by a very bad drought. The last week or two, some consistent rain has been falling and the difference is clear as daylight….the greens are starting all over and it is almost like the animals together with the birds, the insects, the bush with all its plants and flowers, have got it’s spirit back and is alive!
Since rainy season has finally started, here are some advice for your safari:
- Please remember to pack some waterproof casings for your cameras! Even though we provide you with a poncho on our safaris, it sometimes gets a bit tricky to maneuverer a camera and binoculars from underneath a poncho your lap. Having a waterproof casing with you, it should make it much easier to open and close it when you get an opportunity for a perfect shot.
- Luckily our safari vehicles have rolled up canvas windows that can be closed in case of a heavy down pour during a safari. If you choose though not to let the front canvas roll down so you can still a clear view of the road in front of you (or when that elusive leopard walks over the road in front of the vehicle), take a face cloth with to wipe the excess water drizzle that might occur on your face.
- Pack a tripod if you have one – with the rain comes lightning! You will sure be able to do some real nice lightning photography when you return from your afternoon safari and there is a storm on the way.
- Remember not to feel bad because it is raining on your safari! Some of the best sightings happens in the rain….for example – it makes it very difficult for prey species to listen out and smell for danger as the rain influences it, so whenever you stop at a herd of impala or zebra, scan the area around them with your binoculars, you never know which cat might be watching them!
In the local news
- WATCH: SANParks Kudu Awarded Conservationist Prof Anne Rasa on why keeping meerkats is cruel
- SANParks team that recaptured "Sylvester the Lion"twice - awarded at 12th Kudu Awards
- Blood Lions named Best Documentary at oldest global environmental film festival
- WATCH: Lion attacks tourists on horseback in Zim
- Yay or Nay: SANParks opens survey on guided game drives
- November's top 10 shots in the Sunday Times Wilderness Photograph of the Year competition
We hope that we have made your bags lighter, saved you from awkward conversations and have you excited for your Kruger Park Safari.
Until next time... Ready, steady, TRAVEL!