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Experience in the Kruger National Park in South Africa (II)

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In the viewpoint where we had lunch

At kruger park there are several high places that serve as viewpoints over enclaves in which animal life is usually quite moved. It was in one of them where we stopped for lunch after a few hours traveling the roads in our van.

The views were unbeatable. Just in front of our thatched roof a varied vegetation upholstered, in different shades of green and brown, the small slope of the hill that died in the wide curve of a river of generous flow. Both banks of the river were covered by some scattered trees and shrubs, but the brown pastures were taking over the land farthest from the water, creating a light brown carpet that met the blue of the sky where sight was lost.

On the left bank of the river black spots moved slowly in and out of the water. I asked Kevin for binoculars to confirm my suspicions: they were african buffalo.

African buffaloes are indomitable, like the spirit of the continent

Very similar to their Asian relatives - along with those who had been kayaking on the rivers of Laos and Thailand - Africans have never been domesticated. And is that in black Africa everything has its own soul, independent, indomitable, authentic, natural, unpredictable, brave, impulsive and hard. That's why when you put your feet in it for the first time you fall under a spell that will never leave you. Africa he owns you and never you to her, she is a selfish lover, contrary to what the damn European colonizers always wanted to think.

I watched through the lenses how that herd of beings of about 800 kilos each protected themselves from the hottest hour of the day by getting into the river and chopping some fresh grass here and there.

A quarter of an hour later, we, more carnivorous than herbivorous, noticed good meat steaks almost two fingers thick. Kevin had cooked them on the grill coal.

It was 1 in the afternoon and the Sun was punishing without prisoners. During peak heat hours animal activity is also reduced to minimum. All living beings of the Kruger seek the shadows of the park and limit their movements to those strictly necessary.

Spectacular landscapes of the Kruger

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