Our Unforgettable Zulu Experience at Shakaland in South Africa

Our Unforgettable Zulu Experience at Shakaland in South Africa

sign for shakaland, kwazulu-natal, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Shakaland in South Africa around noon after driving from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.  We were delayed several times with various animal sightings that had us stopping for photographs. Read more

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

morning fog at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

From the patio door, on our second morning at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, I saw dense fog hemming in the mountains and feared, at best, an overcast if not a rainy day.  A glance at the clock revealed it to be only 5:30 a.m.  Two hours later, the fog was lifting, and the sun bathed the hillsides in golden showers of light. Read more

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

mountainview at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park exhausted after an extremely long day that saw us traveling from Kruger National Park and across Swaziland to get there. Over dinner, we had views of the Park from the expansive restaurant patio that overlooked muted silhouettes of undulating mountaintops while an armed guard sat unobtrusively in the shadows and watched for wildlife like Vervet Monkeys that might cross the thin electric wire just below the terrace. Read more

A Harrowing Drive through Swaziland

A Harrowing Drive through Swaziland

border entrance sign into Swaziland

A harrowing drive through Swaziland was the result of a planned shortcut through that country in order to eliminate 2-3 hours of driving time in South Africa on a road that gives a wide berth around Swaziland’s borders.  We left Kruger National Park at 7 a.m. expecting to arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve on the coast in about 7 hours.  What we did not expect was the condition of a 50-kilometre stretch of mountain logging roads and how it would impact our schedule. Read more

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger National Park

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger National Park

An image of a giraffe in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

One of my favourite animals seen when visiting South Africa was the tall, elegant South African Giraffe.  Also known as the Cape Giraffe, Bob and I came across these gentle giants on several occasions as we toured Kruger National Park, and it was always a pleasure to sit and observe them. Read more

Our Armed Safari Among Rhinoceroses & Hyenas in Kruger National Park

Our Armed Safari Among Rhinoceroses & Hyenas in Kruger National Park

armed safari, kruger national park, south africa, pic 10

The night before our scheduled Armed Safari in Kruger National Park, I was so wound up with excitement that I could hardly sleep.  Laying awake from 1:30 a.m. on, I didn’t need the alarm that was set to beep us awake at 3:30 a.m., but the dainty chimes wrested Bob from his sleep and then we prepared for the 4:30 a.m. departure from Skukuza Rest Camp.  The armed park rangers in charge of leading us safely around the savanna were Rouleni and Opa. Read more

African Bush Elephants on the move in Kruger National Park

African Bush Elephants on the move in Kruger National Park

An image of an African Bush Elephant crosses a dirt road in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

It was one day as Bob and I sat in the car alongside a gravel road in Kruger National Park that we saw this prime example of an African Bush Elephant.  We had pulled to the side of the road to sit for a spell and eat our lunch when this behemoth stepped from the cover of thick vegetation onto the road right in front of us.  Talk about lunchtime entertainment! Read more

We Were Quite Thrilled by the Warthogs in Kruger National Park

We Were Quite Thrilled by the Warthogs in Kruger National Park

An image of warthogs standing in the middle of a road in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

I couldn’t help myself but every time that Bob and I saw warthogs in South Africa, I thought of Pumbaa, the warthog in the Disney film The Lion King.  And when Bob and I were conducting our self-guided safaris within Kruger National Park, we saw our fair share of these unusual looking animals. Read more

Our South African Journey to Kruger National Park

Our South African Journey to Kruger National Park

Entrance gate to Kruger National Park in South Africa

Our long-anticipated arrival at Kruger National Park was like a dream come true.  This journey, for me, had its roots tied to historical accounts of explorers Dr. David Livingstone and Sir Henry Stanley and their exploits on the Dark Continent.  Add to that a detailed look at Kenya in one of my high school science projects, and a life-long passion to travel to the deep, dark “jungles” of Africa was born.  Travel to the sub-Saharan region of the continent personified my imaginings of an exhilarating trip complete with risk, daring, incomparable wildlife adventures and unique landscape.  We had to conquer our fears and fan the flames of our adventurous spirit.  As we entered through the Phabeni Gate, our excitement was palpable even though I was withstanding a bout of stomach and intestinal infection that had arisen that afternoon. Read more

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