Lions vs Giraffe

Young male lions feeding on a fresh kill; a giraffe. Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Young male lions feeding on a fresh kill; a giraffe. Kruger National Park, South Africa. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

It was our last day in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, and early in the morning we were heading through the park towards the Paul Kruger Gate in a large tourist bus when all traffic suddenly came to a full stop.

Looking out of the window I could clearly see the reason why; a small group of three young male lions had very recently brought down an adult giraffe, and were feeding on the carcass just a few meters from the roadside. A red track of blood could be followed to the other side of the road, were the actual kill had taken place.

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Penguins on the Beach

Boulders Beach near Cape Town in South Africa has a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Penguins on Boulders Beach. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Until I visited South Africa a couple of years ago I’ve never seen a penguin in the wild.  And I certainly didn’t expect to meet some on the African continent. But there they were, happily bouncing around on a beach not far from Cape Town. Boulders Beach is a sheltered bay located on the Cape Peninsula near Simonstown. Also known as Boulders Bay, it is a part of the Table Mountain National Park.

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