We are in South Africa, at the Kruger National Park, in the Mopani Rest Camp; this morning when we woke up, and we left our cottage, we saw all the trash cans turned upside down, yesterday evening when we went to sleep we heard some noises, we also went out to see but we did not spot anything; they told us that in the night some honey badgers roamed around the camp, surely it was their fault, what a pity not to have seen them last night because it is not so easy to spot them on safari, they are elusive and especially nocturnal.

It is 6:15am, we are ready, we go to the gate and leave the camp: we start our safari today in the Kruger National Park!

We take the H 1-6, the main road that will take us to the South and to our camp for tonight: the Letaba Rest Camp.

Shortly after leaving the camp we see some cars standing at the roadside, it usually means that there is a sighting.

We approach slowly with our car and, not far from the road, we see a hyena that has a puppy already a bit big and two that seem to be just born; they are beautiful.

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The three puppies play, then the two little ones start to drink milk from their mother, then mum licks them; a very tender scene, despite the hyena itself does not inspire much tenderness.

After a while, we decided to leave them alone, even though they were not at all annoyed by our presence, otherwise they would have recovered themselves in their den, that was just below the road; from here we continue our safari.

Although at breakfast we drank a double coffee we still are a little sleepy, so we stop at the picnic area of ​​Mooiplaas and get some more.

We leave again and we keep on following the H 1-6, at a certain point we see on our left a huge herd of buffaloes, there are also several puppies, that, unlike the adults, have a light coat, they are too cute.

The herd proceeds towards us and, shortly after, they begin to cross the road not far from our car: it is always a very beautiful scene.

They are many and, after having observed and photographed them for a while, we take the opportunity of a hesitation to cross, by some specimens of the marching column, to pass by with our car; if we had waited for everyone to pass, we would still be there now!

This safari day started in the best way!

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Shortly after we spot the elephants, they are also near the road and they also cross, how beautiful, there are also some puppies, one in particular is really small, it has not yet well understood what the trunk is used for and so it twirls it in air; it's too funny!

We spot other elephants on another couple of occasions; well the Kruger, with its about 20,000 specimens, is the park of elephants par excellence.

It is not easy to make sightings in this part of the park because here, as far as the eye can see, there are expanses of mopane, so it is difficult to see in the distance, the only animals that can be seen are those that are near the road.

Soon after, in fact, we spot a hyena lying on the edge of the road and relaxing; it seems clearer than the spotted hyenas that exist in Kenya and Tanzania, but maybe it's just a question of the type of land where they live and that, inevitably, dirts their fur.

Then we take the S 62, a dirt road that probably is covered by few people, and it's a shame because it deserves a lot.

We see the omnipresent elephants, a herd not too numerous but with different puppies, they are too cute we would never stop looking at them and taking pictures of them.

At a certain point, about halfway, there is a detour that leads to the bird hide of Mantanbeni, an observation shed for the birds; we decide to go and see what we can spot.

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We park and enter the net door that leads to a tunnel made of wooden poles, at the end of which there is the hut; it looks new and has a spectacular view of the river, where there is some water.

We see several birds, especially aquatic ones, including woolly-necked storks, saddle-billed storks, Egyptian geese and some lapwings, but also Nile crocodiles and hippos that break the silence with their noisy cries.

We stay here a bit to take pictures and to contemplate this spectacular landscape, then we continue our safari; the road climbs up a little hill from the top of which it opens a view of an artificial dam built on the river, specifically to create a permanent pool of water, or almost, for the dry season.

Among the bushes, along the way, we see several giraffes busy eating.

We go back to where we came from and return to the main road, the H 1-6.

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Along the river we spot a goliath heron, that is called goliath not by chance, in fact it is a real giant, it is 150 cm tall!

We also spot several crocodiles, several waterbirds and some impalas.

From here we take the S 47, the first part of this road runs along the river and it is described as a scenic road, in fact it is very beautiful, some views are truly spectacular: the sunlight filters through the branches of the trees that are along the river bank, several animals, including elephants, giraffes, impalas and waterbucks are busy eating or are at the river to drink, in the water there are several noisy hippos ... a paradise!

As we drive on the road at some point in the bushes I see something that is digging and raising the whole earth, it is impossible to miss a honey badger!

The honey badger is one of my favorite animals, the savage bully that is not afraid of anything or anyone and that has the courage to growl even to the buffaloes and the lions and faces the poisonous snakes and eats them!

Who knows what it is doing, maybe it is flushing out a prey or digging a hole, who knows, certainly with all the confusion it is making, it does not pass unnoticed!

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Along the S 94 and the S62 we spot different impalas, the waterbucks near the water, some greater heron and Egyptian geese, always near the water, and some giraffes and several elephants that eat undisturbed or drink at the river or that, still, walk towards food or water sources.

Then we take the S 95 where we see different kudus, both male and female, other waterbucks, the ubiquitous impalas, several waterfowls, especially near the water and many elephants.

The elephants are really everywhere, a herd, at some point, crosses the road, there is a puppy that is really small, it is probably a week old, it is still clumsy in the movements, we struggle to see it and photograph it because the herd protects it and hides it within the group.

Today has given us a thousand emotions and wonderful sightings, we are a bit tired but we are very happy; we arrive at the Letaba Rest Camp and enjoy a little well-deserved rest, but we are already eager to find out what the safari will reserve for us tomorrow.

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