One day run to Kruger.

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

What if this tree was able to talk, what stories would be heard.

What if this tree was able to talk, what stories would be heard.

What if this tree was able to talk, what stories would be heard.
Giraffe on the horizon.
White faced wisling ducks at Gardenia hide.
Water Thick-knee

December 9 took a drive to Waterval Onder, Mpumalanga and slept over at a lodge just below the tunnel. Left early Saterday morning for a day visit to the Kruger. Rain on the way there.

Entering Malelane Gate took the gravel road to Gardenia Hide. The Park is green and plenty of water next to the road resulting in no game roadside.

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Lodge.
by: Lourens

Luilekker is the name as you exit the tunnel on the right. Very basic at a very good price. Self catering and catered.

Dec 14, 2016
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I see skies of grey
by: Jenny

Lourens, what was the lodge like that you stayed in on your way to Kruger?

Nice to see grey skies.

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One day run to Kruger. 2

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

Changed my approach of photographing Rino

Changed my approach of photographing Rino

Changed my approach of photographing Rino
Elephant appearing at Rhino pan
Stretching the hamstring after the long walk.
Youngster wants to play.

From Gardenia Hide we returned back to the main road H4-2 past Afsaal Picnic site.
Took a visit to Mhlabane Weir on the S114 and encountered about 25 Terrapins coming out of the water begging next to the vehicles and returning to the water when the vehicles leave. A sign that they are being fed by tourists. Several Rhinos on the way. At Rhino Pan a good sized Elephant breeding herd arrived with a lot of interaction among them. Skipped Afsaal - no place to park Safari Vehicles crowding the area!

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We agree
by: Mario

Afsaal is the best picnic site - the roosterbrood (braai bread) is super!

Jan 14, 2017
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Breakfast at Afsaal
by: Jenny

We stayed there over Dec and stopped for breakfast at Afsaal...lovely place. Love the pics.

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Day run to Kruger 3

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

Dung beetle on its way.

Dung beetle on its way.

Dung beetle on its way.
Hippo out of the water.
Plated Lizard taking a sunbath.
African Monarch at De laporte water hole - no Leopard.

Time was running out as it was already after 11H00 leaving Rhino pan traveling back road to Skukuza planning to visit Lake Panic. On the way spent time with a dung Beetle and seeing a Hippo out of the water.

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We love the little critters
by: Irene

the bush is much more than the big-five and big cats

Jan 14, 2017
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little things
by: Jenny

Lovely, its not only the big things that count but the little guys as well.

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Day run to Kruger 4.

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

Water Lilly in full glory.

Water Lilly in full glory.

Water Lilly in full glory.
Lilly trotters carpet
Crocodile at our feet.
Turtle at our feet as well.

Time running out as I arrive at Lake Panic at midday. No big game and I go for out of the ordinary. Water lily in bloom, Dragon fly, Three species of Dragon fly floating around. Crocodile at our feet in the water staring up at us.

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interesting stuff
by: Jenny

Lake Panic has to be the best hide in the southern Kruger, always interesting stuff to photograph.

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Day run to Kruger 5.

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

 Dragon fly number one.

Dragon fly number one.

 Dragon fly number one.
Dragon fly number two.
Dragon fly number three.
The Nymph of a Dragon fly.

Dragon flies takes my attention and with patience I manage to photograph some resting on a stick protruding from the water. There are 3 species hovering around.

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well captured
by: Jenny

Well captured, I also love photographing the dragonfly.

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Day run to Kruger 6

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

Heron takes of after resting for about an hour.

Heron takes of after resting for about an hour.

Heron takes of after resting for about an hour.
Heron gains height.
 The Heron lowers flight pattern.
The Heron skims along the water.

A Squacco Heron was sitting on a dead tree in front of the hide for an hour. From time to time took a frame and concentrated on the Dragon Flies there after. My attention was drawn to the Heron at one point. And suddenly it took off - my time was now running out and I went to Skukuza planning to leave via Lower Sabie. Leaving Skukuza it was already two o'clock and I traveled half way to Nkulu picnic site and decided to turn back to Lake Panic.

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Jan 15, 2017
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Nice Heron pics
by: Rick

Lake Panic is a special place

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Overnight Accomodation.
by: AnonymousLourens

Jenny we stayed over at Lui lekker near Waterval Onder. My wife stayed at the lodge for the day while I took a quick visit to the Kruger.

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Brave move
by: Jenny

Wow that's a brave move, where were you staying outside the park?

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More of day drive to Kruger - Lake Panic

by Lourens Erasmus.
(Benoni South Africa)

Old biggy croc with his tracking device.

Old biggy croc with his tracking device.

Old biggy croc with his tracking device.
The back of a fearly large turtle.
The resident Fish Eagle makes a fly past
Marabou Stork relaxing on the bank of the Sabie River

Being alone my time was my own and I spent a lot of time at Lake Panic. Getting to lake Panic late afternoon with limited time I found a larger than life Crocodile lying on the sand bank to the right of the hide. Noticed it had been fitted with a tracking device. On return contacted the head of nature conservation and was informed it was a recent fitting and was a test unit for crocodiles and that the old big one was being tracked on his movements on Lake panic.

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Lovely!
by: Yvonne

I'm amazed at how many people walk into the hide, look around, and then walk out. Ten minutes later something happens and they don't get to see it - patience people!

Jan 17, 2017
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wow
by: Jenny

Wow that's a big croc. hope they get the info they are looking for.

I like the bird without legs.... ha ha

Jan 16, 2017
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That croc is huge!!
by: Mike

We agree - Lake Panic is the #1 hide in Kruger.

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Thanks for sharing...
by: Annie

...Lake Panic must be the best hide in the Kruger Park - it always has something to offer visitors!

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