African Adventure (Part III: The Big Five)

Our time in the 


 game reserve was amazing, but we had no idea it would get even better.  We continued our journey north, driving through Swaziland, a tiny country surrounded entirely by South Africa.  And just on the other side of Swaziland, we arrived at

Kruger National Park

, 7,580 sq/mi of pure nature and some of the most amazing creatures in the world.

When people go on a safari, often you'll hear them talk about the "big five," which we learned does not refer to size or difficulty to spot of the animals, but to the danger they posed to hunters back in the day.  The five most dangerous animals to man include, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, and of course, lion.  When one goes on a safari, you unknowingly make it your goal to see all five.  We were so very lucky to have amazing up-close interactions with all five animals.

Our first drive through Kruger wasn't even our best of our three drives in this park, not even close, but I left that day thinking what a magical place it is.  It was enchanting to see whole packs/prides/herds/towers and zeals (that's what a group of zebras is called!) and watch the animals you normally see separated in the zoo, interact with each other.  I think I can say, with out a doubt, that the safari experience was the most thrilling thing I have ever done.  I can't give enough praise about this trip and this


.  It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am grateful I was able to enjoy.