S T A L K // #throwback to the #KrugerNationalPark.
We thought we had timed our arrival atrociously, when the weather took a turn for the worse. As it turns out, it was their first rain in almost 2 years - which ended up working in our favour.
The torrential downpour in the morning eventually cleared, and encouraged animals out of their hiding spots and into the cool, comfortable weather.
We were lucky enough to see the #BIG5 within 2 hours of being in the park - something that is very hard to accomplish even in a week of visits.
3 male lions took a liking to our accommodation, which overlooked the #CrocodileRiver forming a natural boundary to the national park. Add to that a large herd of #buffalo which slowly moved through the mist on the opposite side of the river, accounted for 2 out of the 5 before even entering the park.
Once in the park, we were quickly ticking the animals off of our list. We were greeted by a pair of white #rhinos grazing just off to the right of the road, who didn't seemed phased by us at all.
A HUGE herd of #elephants moved past our vehicle, just off to the left of the tar road - which included babies, subadults & the mighty matriarch following up the rear. Such an amazing experience with the fog all around, and they seemed to melt into the background of the forest despite their immense size.
The icing on the cake though, was seeing the most elusive big cat species that calls the #Kruger home. We had just crossed over a bridge, and decided to turn into a side road that loops around close to the river then back out again. That's when we saw it.
A gorgeous #leopard sitting high on a rock face merely 10 metres from the vehicle, in full hunt mode.
By the time we had gotten out the camera, it had already slowly creeped down the rock face, ignoring the bevy of cars now lining up to catch a glimpse of this amazing predator.
After watching this animal in its natural habitat, it is easy to see how & why this species would thrive in #Australia. Within seconds, it can go from being visible to the human eye, to being completely undetectable despite only being a few metres away from you & its prey.
They are the masters of camouflage.