If you’ve stayed at Kruger National Park’s Satara camp you’ll know that you can tick off the Big Five in a matter of a couple of hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Sometimes it’s just too much excitement. So we like to spend time at Kruger’s Sweni hide: an antidote for Big Five Fever.
This hide along the Sweni River southeast of the humming camp of Satara is a good place to chill and be calm, to recognise that you don’t need the Big Five when you can get a quiet insight into the lives of their smaller creature-cousins.
She jumped to a second rock and then a third in two quick bounds and an openbill took flight. She held her tail horizontal and high out of the water while she fed. Her muddied hands looked like little brown gloves, but she never dipped too far into the mud to get her arms dirty.