Pretoriuskop – Skukuza

We went back to check out and set off to Afsaal, where we were meeting a whole bunch of people. We decided to take the Voortrekkers Road to Afsaal.


I soon regretted that choice. The wash board effect was quite rough, which meant a slow and bumpy ride. I needed to go to the toilet. There are no toilets along the Voortrekkers road.

When we finally reached Afsaal I sprinted to the WC and thanked all Water Spirits that there wasn’t a queue.

It was nice to see the Scops owl again. Even though he (she) was hiding away.


After our meet and greet lunch we were off to Skukuza where we would spend our last two nights in the park.


We spotted a Knob-billed duck ✓ at a waterhole. First time to see them in the wild. It was too far away for a photo though. Pity.

This beauty peeked out of the bush at us


After we had settled in, we received visitors at our riverside bungalow.








They stayed for a long time, peacefully foraging for food. I really enjoyed this sighting.

As did this guy


Hola bokkie, come sit with me

The next morning we visited Lake Panic to do some bird watching. It was quite busy at the hide, but we managed to squeeze in and get a spot.




Me fooling around trying to capture a dragonfly


After that we drove around for a bit and saw a Bateleur, elephants, piggies, more piggies and a Widow bird. Back at Skukuza we met some old friends for lunch and were treated on a lovely sighting just in front of us: A baby hippo.


It even came out of the water later that afternoon and ran up and down the river bank 🙂

That evening we had drinks on the deck overlooking the river and watched a herd of buffalo peacefully munching away on the other side. Can’t think of a better way to spend a last evening in the park.

Goodbye Kruger National Park. See you soon!


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