Alan Murphy
Australia AU
Jun 11, 2015 June 11, 2015

Alan is a travel writer and author of over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Southern Africa and Zambia & Malawi.

Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters

On our way to Olifants Rest camp and with the light fading fast we stumble across a large pride of lions on the roadside, and there are cubs...

Kruger is often derided as all too easy and a good introduction, but not the ‘real Africa’. Personally I have been visiting it for 15 years and still love it! Kruger provides choice – you can have it as easy or rough as you like but either way it is packed full of wildlife. Now part of a peace park that spills over the Mozambique border it is truly staggering in size. Kruger has both diversity and density of wildlife along with a varied and genuinely beautiful terrain.

My favourite area is the stark, bird-laden north with the ‘upside down’ baobab trees peppering the landscape. One day, running late to get back to camp and only 3km from the gates, light fading, we came across a pride of lions on the roadside. I have never before or since been so close to a large pride.

One of the cubs, about 3 months old, with large padded feet came within metres of our car, opened his mouth wide as if to roar, let out a long squeaking sound, and collapsed, exhausted from its efforts – don’t we all have days like that?!