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Unexpected meeting in Kruger

 

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// Nikon D7200 | -24.55288 : 31.1064 | alt. 565m

This morning, I decided to go a second time inside Kruger national park, after all, I have the pass, so I don’t have to pay the expensive fee to get in every time !
I didn’t see much that day, but what was completely unexpected is a car overtaking me, with passengers yelling Bonjour at me !
This is how I met Cecile, David, Isabelle and Marie. Later, I met Belinda, my host, along with Chris and Michael. And what a wonderful time with those guys ! It felt like home, real home, and it wasn’t easy to leave…..
So here are a few pictures of this wonderful moments, cruising the Blyde river canyon, getting intimate with animals at the local rehabilitation center, driving the panoramic route, having breakfast with giraffes, and kissing Jessica the hippo !
You know you’re gonna meet people on the way when you overland. However, you got no clue when and where it’ll happen.

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Kruger national park

  // Nikon D7200 | -25.03485 : 31.22078 | alt. 468m A few more hours hiking into Mlilwane reserve, and it was time to go north, quickly leaving Swaziland after only 2 days. Time is running out very quickly, and I have to see if I can get my visa extension……. well, nope 🙁 Cannot believe…

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Champagne castle peak

  // Nikon D7200 |-28.99874 : 29.44653 | alt. 1187m The park ranger office only opens from 8am to 4pm, a pretty short window to get any information, which makes me start the trail at 9am. They gave me the map, but even on this one, there is no trail going to Champagne castle ! They…

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Rhino peak

  // Nikon D7200 |-29.7457 : 29.20678 | alt. 1855m Back into South Africa for some serious hiking ! Probably the most beautiful mountain range in the area, the Drakensberg are these steep mountains (nearly vertical cliffs !) between South Africa and the high plateau of Lesotho. The whole place is a national park, with hundreds…

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Mountain Zebras park

  // Nikon D7200 | -32.13374 : 25.62377 |alt. 989m Away from the garden route and the main touristic destinations, the beautiful Mountain Zebra national park is a well hidden jewel. You can tell no one is going there when you get to the small village next door, pretty empty and desolated, with no backpacker, no…

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Desolation valley

  // Nikon D7200 | -32.2685 : 24.52582 | alt. 798m Before jumping to Mountain Zebra national park, I saw some interesting pictures of desolation valley on the west side, and I had to check out this place. In the end, not much to do, the park is fairly small, the main trail being a 20min…

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Addo elephant park

  // Nikon D7200 | -33.51407 : 25.69348 | alt. 49m Short drive to reach the northern gate of Addo elephant park, which like the name suggests, is home of hundreds of elephants. It’s already past noon, but that’s enough time for a first trip inside the park. You can drive on a fairly huge network…

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Garden route

  // Nikon D7200 | -33.9734 : 23.88234 | alt. 232m The problem with bush camping, it’s, well……. forbidden :p so the main rule is to park after sunset and leave before sunrise. It’s winter, so nights are pretty long, but since this is a bit stressful, you don’t really get the best sleep, and it’s never…

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Cape Agulhas

  // Nikon D7200 Bush camping where the 2 oceans meet, in Cape Agulhas. This is the most southern point in Africa, most southern point of my trip, and it’s now time to head back home, north !

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Table mountains

  // Nikon D7200 | -33.98875 : 18.43453 | alt. 114m After a very expensive night at Imhoff campsite, I first had to find a cheaper place to sleep for the rest of my time here. One night at chapman camp, still too expensive, but nice location with plenty of birds (feels like being in a…

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