The Crocodile River, also referred to as Crocodile River (East), is a large river traversing Mpumalanga Province of south Africa. It originates north of Dullstroom, in the Steenkampsberg Mountains. Downstream of Kwena Dam, the Crocodile River winds through the Schoemanskloof and down the Montrose Falls. It then flows eastwards past Nelspruit and joins the Komati at Komatipoort. This latter part of its course forms the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 20 000 sq km (7580 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 km (220 mi) from north to south and 65 km (40 mi) from east to west. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.
To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique.
This image was captured from the south bank of the Crocodile River, approximately 10 km west of the Crocodile Bridge entrance gate to the Kruger National Park
Give Peace a Chance
A typical late afternoon scene on the Chobe River, Botswana
Morticians Union Meeting
The Great Migration between Kenya and Tanzania literally involves millions of animals. Giant herds of wildebeest , zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle traverse the vast plains of this part of East Africa following the rains and sprouting of new grass.
An inevitable feature of this annual journey is the death of thousands of animals, which either fall prey to the large predators, succumb to adverse weather conditions or simply prove too weak to complete the trek.
The fact that, relatively speaking, one can find very little physical evidence of these deaths, is solely due to the work of the scavengers. In the main this group is made up of various species of vulture, Marabou Storks and hyena.
Perhaps the most efficient of these scavengers are the vultures, being able to strip a carcass down to clean bone in an extraordinarily short time. Should one witness such an event, it is no exaggeration to say that the carcass literally disappears before one’s eyes! This incredible efficiency to “clean up” has earned the vulture the local nickname of “mortician”.
This image, captured in the Masai Mara conservancy in Kenya, East Africa, shows a number of “morticians” meeting in the shade of a tree. The President of the Morticians Union can be clearly seen in his elevated position right at the top, with his trusted lieutenants overseeing the assembled members.
Serondela — Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa.
The Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront), situated in the extreme Northeast of the park, has as its main geographical features lush floodplains and dense woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwoods now largely reduced by heavy elephant pressure. The Chobe, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot, especially in the dry season (May through October) for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. Large numbers of carmine bee eaters are spotted in season. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. This is probably the most visited park section, partly because of its proximity to the Victoria Falls.The town of Kasane, situated just downstream, is the most important town of the region and serves as northern entrance to the park.
The Serondela is my all-time favourite wilderness area. I attempt to visit at least twice a year.
This image was captured near the town of Kasane, northern Botswana.