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Kruger National Park Photos Winter 2012

In mid-winter (July) of 2012 I spent a few days in South Africa's Kruger National Park based at Satara Camp. The area around Satara is renowned for the abundance of wildlife and visitors can usually expect to see large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and impala.

These animals in turn attract the predators, so lion, leopard, and hyena sightings are also fairly common, although on this visit we only had one good lion sighting, late in the day in poor light.

Winter is a good time to visit Kruger (particularly out of school holidays) as there is little surface water around and the vegetation is sparse compared to summer, making it easier to see the animals. To me, the warm colors typify the African bush, with the dusty surroundings often appearing like muted pastels.

Buffalo bull licking its nose, Kruger National Park
Buffalo bull licking its nose, Kruger National Park
Young lion on alert, kruger national park
Young lion on alert for danger, Kruger National Park
Waterbuck female in winter vegetation, Kruger National Park
Waterbuck female in winter vegetation, Kruger National Park
Baboon mother and youngster, Kruger National Park
Baboon mother and youngster, Kruger National Park
Cheetah in long winter grass, Kruger National Park
Cheetah in long winter grass, Kruger National Park
Old buffalo bull peers over others in the herd, Kruger National Park
Old buffalo bull peers over others in the herd, Kruger National Park
Impala ram leaps high in air, Kruger National Park
Impala ram leaps high in air while fleeing from perceived danger, Kruger National Park
Buffalo create cloud of dust, Kruger National Park
Buffalo create cloud of dust as herd moves through the winter bush , Kruger National Park
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills waiting for snack, Kruger National Park
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills in picnic site line up in hopes of a snack, Kruger National Park
Impala rams lock hornse, Kruger National Park
Impala rams lock horns while tussling to establish dominance, Kruger National Park
Leopard feeding on its kill, Kruger National Park
Leopard feeding on its kill in dead tree at sunset, Kruger National Park
Skittish Zebra herd approach waterhole, Kruger National Park
Skittish Zebra group line up warily as they approach waterhole, Kruger National Park
Hippos charge through shallow water, Kruger National Park
Hippos charge through shallow water on edge of pool during altercation, Kruger National Park
Natal Spurfowl close-up e, Kruger National Park
Natal Spurfowl (formerly Natal Francolin) close-up in warm afternoon light, Kruger National Park
Buffalo bull staring agressively, Kruger National Park
Buffalo bull raises its head while grazing to stare agressively in typical buffalo fashion, Kruger National Park
Black-headed Oriole perched on shrub, Kruger National Park
Black-headed Oriole perched on shrub, Kruger National Park
Close-up of giraffe's nose and eye, Kruger National Park
Close-up of giraffe's nose and eye, Kruger National Park
Waterbuck female portrait, Kruger National Park
Portrait of Waterbuck female, Kruger National Park

See also: Kruger Park Photos Summer 2012, or return to Safari Pictures Home

Camera Equipment: These Kruger Park images were shot using Canon digital SLR cameras (EOS 450D and 50D), plus a mix of Canon EF lenses, including the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM zoom, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM prime lens, and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom.

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