Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Extraordinary Beauty of Kruger National Park

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Think going on an African safari is all about the animals?  Well, by definition, it might be, but seeing the awe-inspiring landscapes is a huge part of it as well!

I love photographing landscapes more than anything else, and I couldn’t resist apologetically asking our guides Lee-Anne and JP to stop the vehicle again and again so I could take tons of HDR photos.

This isn’t what Kruger is known for, though.  Though it’s an immense national park — the same size as New Jersey or Israel! — it’s not known for being one of the visual stunners.  You don’t get the sweeping landscapes of the Serengeti or the arid beauty of the Namib.

That said, there is so much beauty here if you know where to look for it.

How about this cloud action?

The river running through Ngala was dry during our visit, as it is for much of the year.  At the moment when I took this picture, it was like all the rays of the sun lined up perfectly.  An unforgettable moment.

Because of the river, the waterholes are where you’re most likely to see action.  This waterhole made a beautiful stop for our coffee-hot chocolate-amarula break on our final game drive.

On Halloween, I kept looking for scenes that could be doctored up a tad to look extra spooky.  The crazy clouds behind this lone tree fit the bill.

Purple sunsets?  Absolutely!  A magical, magical moment.  This photo is definitely edited, as are all the photos here, but trust me — the sky and clouds were purple on this evening.  I just brought out the purple a little bit more.

And finally, we watched the sun set into the distance as we enjoyed glasses of bubbly, little sausage skewers, and guacamole.  A perfect way to end the day, and a great finale to a fantastic safari.

Which photo is your favorite?

Many thanks to &Beyond and Visit South Africa for hosting me on this unforgettable adventure.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

 

Comments

22 Responses to “The Extraordinary Beauty of Kruger National Park”
  1. The last sunset shot is my favourite from all the above. 🙂

  2. Lizzie says:

    These photos are amazing! The clouds really give them some atmosphere. I went on a safari at Addo Elephant Park when I was in South Africa but didn’t make it to Kruger.. Would love to go one day though.

  3. Clare says:

    I love the last photo – beautiful sunset and no doubt you enjoyed it all the more for having a glass of bubbly in hand!

  4. Michelle says:

    Wow I love your photos!

  5. Shaun says:

    That is some HOT cloud action! (get it, the sun is behind em, eh!) Love the pic.

    I thought when I was a kid I would go to Africa and film wild animals, I might have watched too much National Geographic (if that’s possible)

  6. You had me with the purple skies!

  7. Amanda says:

    Purple sunsets?? Yes, please!!

  8. I love the HDR photography here… these sunsets are so pretty!

  9. Julika says:

    Amazing photos! The landscape looks so unbelievably gorgeous! I love that last picture of the sunset…

  10. The Guy says:

    Fab photos Kate. I love them all, how can you pick a favourite?

    It reminds me of my trip to Kruger, although sadly that was before I had a digital camera.

  11. The last one is fantastic!

  12. Jessica Hill says:

    I like the last one and the Halloween sky the best. Great shots!

  13. Greg says:

    Amazing photo set! The Kruger is derfinitely on my bucket list, one day I will make it down there..

  14. Great shots of one of my most favorite places in the world!!!!!!!

  15. Shannon says:

    All of them are beautiful, but I especially like the photos of the trees.

  16. Shannon says:

    I should also mention sky and sunset photos are my favorites. Post them more often.

  17. Extraordinary photographs with good editing..yes, most of us visualize animals when we think about Africa, of course it is not..your photographs near perfectly depict the start yet amazing landscapes of the continent.

  18. Molly Nurse says:

    These photographs are amazing. The skies! I love landscapes so much.

  19. Ally says:

    The last picture is the best, I love how the colours merge and gradually fade into the blue horizon. Sunsets are one of my favourite things to photograph but the photographs hardly ever mirror the way things look in the real world, there’s always a dulling of colours or something else going on. Editing isn’t cheating, its just helping the viewer see how beautiful it looked with the naked eye.

  20. Arianwen says:

    Stunning pictures. I was the same on safari in the Serengeti – always asking the driver to stop. There’s nothing more annoying that trying to take photos from a bumpy jeep! Well, maybe a bumpy boat…

  21. Photos number two and four are my favourites here. Kruger looks stunning, although I was kind of hoping you’d sneak in a photo of an adorable baby animal in there! 😉

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