Some of the landscapes in South Africa are spectacular. For instance the Drakensberg Mountains are very scenic. The Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wildlife in the Kruger National Park was great. I did several game drives, both during the day and at night. The highlights were the lions and leopards.

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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Landscapes in South Africa

Table Mountain Cape Town
Table Mountain at Cape Town from a small plane. (862k)
Three Rondawels Rock Formation
Three Rondawels, a rock formation at the Escarpment, west of Krueger National Park. (818k)
Coast Between Cape Town
Coast between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. (817k)
Cape Good Hope Small
Cape of Good Hope from a small plane. (858k)
Mesa Krueger National Park
Mesa near Krueger National Park. (1109k)
Waterfall Drakensberg Mountain Range
Waterfall in the Drakensberg mountain range escarpment west of Krueger National Park. (826k)
Waterfall Drakensberg Mountain Range
Waterfall in the Drakensberg mountain range escarpment west of Krueger National Park. (1060k)
Water Carved Rock Formation
Water carved rock formation in the Drakensberg mountain range escarpment west of Krueger National Park. (897k)
Evening Drakensberg Mountains Northeast
Evening in the Drakensberg Mountains, northeast of Lesotho. (593k)
Sunset Over Drakensberg Mountain
Sunset over the Drakensberg Mountain range, northeast of Lesotho. Tolkien (a South African) got his ideas about Middle Earth from this mountain range. You can see why. (606k)
Amphitheater Semi-circle 5 km 31 miles
The Amphitheater, semi-circle, 5 km (3.1 miles) in diameter, with 400 m (1,310 ft) cliffs. (876k)
Stalactites Cave North Cape
Stalactites in a Cave north of Cape Town. (782k)
Several Ostrich Farms Between
There were several Ostrich farms between Johannesburg and Cape Town. (538k)
Sunset Krueger National Park
Sunset in Krueger National Park. (618k)
Low Veld Typical Low
Low Veld. This is typical for the low lying area, called the Low Veld, in which the Kruger National Park is located. (896k)
Open Landrover We Used
This was the open Landrover that we used on the game drives. The lions could easily get a snack from up there, but they don't seem to realize that they could try that. (747k)

Flora in South Africa

Bushes Vicious Thorns
These bushes have vicious thorns. (1257k)
Flower
Flower. (854k)
Cycas sp.
Cycad (Cycas sp., german: Sagopalmfarne). This is an ancient lineage of trees that flourished in the Jurassic period (200-145 million years ago). (1197k)

Fauna in South Africa

Spider
Spider. (503k)
Termite Mound Lots Around
Termite Mound. There were lots of these around. (1452k)
Stigmochelys pardalis
Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis, german: Pantherschildkröte, french: Tortue léopard). (917k)
Procavia capensis
Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis, german: Klippschliefer, french: Daman du Cap) (an old animal lineage, their closest relatives are the elephants and sirenians). (1191k)
Mungos mungo
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (903k)
Chlorocebus pygerythrus
Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (1028k)
Papio ursinus
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). Around Cape Town they can be quite a nuisance, since they have no fear of people and aggressively search for food in cars, etc. (682k)
Phacochoerus africanus
Grazing Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein). They walk around on the knees of their front legs while grazing. (1069k)
High-tailing
High-tailing it out of here. (698k)
Aepyceros melampus
Impala herd (Aepyceros melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (1168k)
Aepyceros melampus
Female and young male Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (843k)
Aepyceros melampus
An Impala buck (Aepyceros melampus, german: Schwarzfersenantilope, french: Impala). (827k)
Equus quagga
Plains Zebra (Equus quagga, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre des plaines). (1136k)
Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1125k)
Connochaetes taurinus
Blue Wildebeest (also called Gnu), (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (752k)
Connochaetes taurinus
A herd of Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (836k)
Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Female Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (798k)
Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Greater Kudu buck (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (831k)
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe du Cap) with baby. (738k)
Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa
A South African Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, german: Giraffen, french: Girafe du Cap) drinking from a watering hole. They look very awkward when they drink. (992k)
Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) in a watering hole. (630k)
Syncerus caffer
African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique) wallowing in mud. (898k)
Buffalo Giving Evil Eye
This buffalo was giving us the evil eye. They have been known to charge even Landrovers. (788k)
Ceratotherium simum
Butt end of a rhinoceros. This was the only time we saw rhinos. I believe it is a White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, german: Breitmaulnashorn, french: Rhinocéros blanc). (743k)
Loxodonta africana
A female African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with a couple of young ones. (815k)
Young Elephant Charging
A young elephant charging us. (652k)
Elephant Bull Throwing Sand
This elephant bull was throwing sand up with his trunk. I think it was to warn us not to get too close. Sometimes they throw sand on themselves to get rid of parasites, but he just threw the sand in the air, not on himself. (803k)
Loxodonta africana
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (828k)
Loxodonta africana
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (756k)
Elephant Bull Musk Secrete
An Elephant bull in musk. The secrete a strong smelling liquid from a gland behind their eyes, signaling that they are looking for females. (872k)
Canis mesomelas
Black-backed Jackals (Canis mesomelas, german: Schabrackenschakal, french: Chacal à chabraque). (855k)
Crocuta crocuta
A couple of Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (800k)
Crocuta crocuta
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). We saw them only at night. (774k)
Spotted Hyena Pups Hyena
Spotted Hyena pups. The hyena were very family oriented, the paid a lot of attention to their pups. (716k)
Panthera pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (949k)
Panthera pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (796k)
Panthera pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (913k)
Leopard Cubs Playing Tree
Leopard cubs, playing in a tree. (1040k)
Leopard Prey Bring Prey
Leopard with prey. They bring their prey up into a tree to get away from the lions. (881k)
Panthera leo
Lion Pride (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1026k)
Female Lion
Female Lion. (713k)
Female Lion
Female Lion. (804k)
Male Lion
Male Lion. (725k)
Male Lion
Male Lion. (824k)
Taking Snooze
Taking a snooze. (755k)

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