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3 Nights in the Kruger Park..

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

I have just come back from a most rewarding weekend in the Kruger National Park...

My wife, Cheryl and I stayed in a hut at Pretoriuskop restkamp. The huts are one of the most economical ways to stay in the Kruger park. The downside is that one has to use the communal bathrooms and kitchens and some of the huts don't have have any electrical plugs. Some huts have plugs and small fridges. Our total bill for the accommodation came to about R1200 (about Euro120) rand for three nights including entrance and conservation fees. Food and petrol was extra and we used about three tanks from Centurion and back including driving around the park. Definitely a great bargain in my book...

We saw an incredible variety of wildlife including lions on three occasions! I don't consider myself an expert wildlife photographer and the photographs posted here are by no means 'great' wildlife images. I am just showing these photographs so that you the viewer can have an idea of the great variety of animals and landscapes that we saw...over just 3 nights and 4 days...

The Kruger park is quite wooded with few open areas. This makes photography both easy and difficult. Difficult in that the animals are sometimes difficult to see and easy because one doesn't need very long lenses.

I use two cameras and one lens almost 99% of the time. My newish Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS was more than adequate on my Canon EOS 5D2 and when I needed to get even closer I swapped my 5D2 for my old 20D which then increased the equivalent focal length to 480mm...

ISO was somewhere between 400 and 1600 most of the time although later in the afternoon I increased it up to 3200...

There is something about this park that is truly magical...slowly driving in a pristine natural landscape and never knowing what you are going to see next...I cant wait to go back.....!

regards, Ivan

3 Nights in the Kruger Park..
Granite 'koppie' near Pretoriuskop
Granite 'koppie' near Pretoriuskop
Korhaan
Korhaan
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant
Elephants tail
Elephants tail
Sabie river
Sabie river
Lioness
Lioness
Owl as seen on a night drive
Owl as seen on a night drive
Giraffe drinking water
Giraffe drinking water
Hippo in the Sabie river from Skukuza camp
Hippo in the Sabie river from Skukuza camp
Zebra
Zebra
Sabie river from skukuza camp
Sabie river from skukuza camp
Kudu
Kudu
Created: Mon, 09/07/2012 - 15:51

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