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I was picked up at the Kruger airport by James and shuttled to Kruger Park Lodge. I wouldn't recommend this lodge to you unless you are driving your own car and enjoy solitude. My “chalet,” which is very nice, is a long, long walk from reception. There is no internet in the “chalets” and they have no electric adapters for loan so you can’t charge up your computer and camera batteries
Chadrack was my afternoon game drive guide. Here, they use modified Toyotas, built up in the rear with three, open sided, elevated rows of seats. Each vehicle would handle nine tourists; I had this one all to myself. It’s a bit of a haul to get into Kruger Park from the Kruger Park Lodge which is not inside the park as its name would imply. As soon as one enters the park, great numbers of impala offer a greeting and, soon after, zebra and giraffe welcome you as well. We spotted a white rhino, elephant and, later on, a mating pair of lions (sorry if the photo is R rated). The terrain here is unlike what I had previously experienced on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Scrub brush predominates in the areas of the park where we visited; not the clear savannah type environment I had seen before. For that reason, animals are not to be seen at a distance, instead becoming visible only once you are upon them
Tomorrow, I am to be picked up at 5:30am for an all-day game drive hosted by Alfred as Chadrack is not working. South Africans continue to amaze me with their near universal warm and welcoming attitude. In this post-apartheid time, I am encountering many more blacks than whites. They do have a fascinating accent but I am used to it because my favorite client, Larry, has not only acclimated me to it, it was his enthusiasm that brought me here.