Our trip to South Africa and Swaziland has just ended; we have just returned home and it is time to draw conclusions, as usual at the end of such an adventure.
Here are the numbers of our trip:
4 flight routes with Ethiopian Airlines, for a total of 22 hours of flying
4 hours spent at the Sheba Lounge in Addis Ababa
10,945 km traveled on our Dr. Livingstone
65,705 photo and video files with our DSLR cameras, the new arrival Lumix Panasonic, our Gopro and our iphone
106 hours of recorded video
25 days of safari
7 populations visited: Zulu, Basotho, Pedi, Xhosa, Swazi, Venda, Ndebele
2 states visited: South Africa and Swaziland, or Eswatini
5 provinces of South Africa crossed: Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, Freestate.
5 parks and reserves in South Africa: Mapungubwe National Park, Kruger National Park, uMkhuze Game Reserve, St Lucia Wetlands Park, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park
2 parks and reserves in Swaziland: Royal Hlane National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve
Top sightings: Wild dogs at the Kruger National Park and at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park, 1 leopard at the Kruger National Park, 2 cheetahs at the Kruger National Park, 1 honey badger at the Kruger National Park, lions in love at the Kruger National Park, a gruesome scene with hyenas and vultures and a giraffe carcass at the Kruger National Park, bushpigs that wanted our braai at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park, bee-eaters in love at the Kruger National Park, many elephants and everywhere, 40 lions at the Kruger National Park, at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park and at the Hlane Royal National Park, nyalas in love at the Mkhaya Game Reserve and at the uMkhuze Game Reserve, several birds never seen including the Narina Trogon at the uMkhuze Game Reserve and several hornbills, a tawny owl at the Kruger National Park and many others, 1 black rhino, 45 white rhinos, 1 white rhino caressed at the Mkhaya Game Reserve, a Swazi Rock Snake at the Kruger National Park, a hippo covered in water turtles at the Kruger National Park, 9 drinking giraffes, an albine wildebeest at the Mkhaya Game Reserve.
36 species of mammals: lions, leopards, cheetahs, white rhinos, black rhinos, elephants, spotted hyenas, hippos, black antelopes, sunis, red duikers, gray duikers, honey badgers, impalas, wildebeests, zebras, nyalas, tsessebes, greater kudus , golden jackals, jackals, baboons, green vervets, giraffes, genets, bush pigs, warthogs, mongoose, bush babies, wild dogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, reedbucks, dik-diks and buffaloes.
10 succulent braai