The animals at the Kruger National Park are beautiful and endlessly fascinating. But the humans that occur here are a strange bunch indeed.
Let’s get something straight. Rhino aren’t really as bad-tempered as some people think.
The rhino is a homely beast,
For human eyes he's not a feast.
Farewell, farewell, you old rhinoceros,
I'll stare at something less prepoceros. (Ogden Nash)
I briefly hinted in my last post at how fascinating the dung beetle is. They’re so important, I declared, that without them the Kruger National Park would be piled high with manure.
When we first meet Berg-en-Dal field guide Obakeng (OB) Koma, he seems all business. And since his business is guiding visitors to the Kruger National Park on walks into the realm of the Big Five in the wild, that means it’s serious stuff. As yet, there’s no hint of his impish sense of humour.
I think I have a new favourite camp at the Kruger National Park. In the deep south near Malelane Gate, which is about 80 kilometres east of Nelspruit, Berg-en-Dal is without doubt the park's prettiest camp. But there are other draw cards too.
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