In July we headed off to South Africa for a two-and-a-half week trip comprised of a guided tour (Kruger National Park and MalaMala Game Reserve) and some solo time (Tswalu Kalahari).
Yes, we traveled to South Africa during the pandemic (and at a time when there had been some civil unrest in various parts of the country), but it all went smoothly. Despite a mound of paperwork we had to take care of beforehand, the entire process was smooth, and we planned an itinerary that took us away from any crowded areas almost immediately. We never had to leave the Johannesburg airport in order to fly to and from the bush.
Overall, it was a much-needed escape, and a very fun experience. And Jenn and I took way too many photos. So many that I still haven’t finished processing them all as I write this. I’m back at the airport, about to fly to Africa yet again, so I wanted to get at least one South Africa gallery up before I left. As a result, we’re starting with a collection of bird photos from the trip.
It’s hard to have a bad bird trip in South Africa. We saw a variety of interesting and colorful species, including several favorites and many new species. I enjoyed the loads of owls we found, of course… an owl sighting every single day! We had five owl species total, including one new one (the Spotted Eagle-owl).
Check out the full gallery here. A short preview is below.
Also see: South Africa 2021 Wildlife & Scenery
Stay tuned for Part 3: Big cats!