Singita Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park | February 2013

Cicada’s, birds, rain, long green grass and the baby boom of small animals are just a few thoughts of summer. February, according to the records, is the hottest time of year and it proved to be just that with some sweltering and humid days after all the rain. We thought that we’d seen the end of the rain until later this year but, surprisingly, we experienced a few heavy and most welcome thunderstorms. Summer also brings in dramatic clouds and some sizzling sunsets. As an orange glow emitted across the horizon we all leaned against the land rover, watching this sunset, in awe. I have often been told that wild environments that humble the spirit are food for the soul. This was a feast! Watching large herds of herbivores you’ll often see some of them with a number of birds perched on their backs, as if to take a free ride. However, their purpose is extremely important to the host animals in the sense that they will spend a great deal of time foraging through the animals’ hairy coat, looking for ticks. Not exactly a high class entrée, but extremely nutritious and tasty to this little bird. Oxpecker populations occur in certain areas within Africa, as they live off ticks that live off livestock and wildlife.