Elephants

Elephant herds spend the night foraging, never more than a mile or so apart from each other. We watched two halves of a herd reunite in Kruger just after dawn at a water hole. Here's two young bulls bonding.

Kruger National Park trip: Reptiles

I don't have a particular interest in reptiles but there were a few to be seen even in the depth of winter.

Puff adder. One of Africa's deadliest snakes. This one was convincingly playing dead, so much so that I was tempted to pick it up. Until it started flicking it's tongue. This one is about four feet long.

Puff adder. One of Africa's deadliest snakes. This one was convincingly playing dead, so much so that I was tempted to pick it up. Until it started flicking it's tongue. This one is about four feet long.

Blue-tailed skink. A common small lizard but attractive nonetheless.

Blue-tailed skink. A common small lizard but attractive nonetheless.

Pan-hinged terrapins can be found at most waterholes.

Pan-hinged terrapins can be found at most waterholes.

Nile crocodile are common throughout the park.

Nile crocodile are common throughout the park.

The reptiles we saw in the park:

  • Nile crocodile
  • Puff adder
  • African rock python
  • White-throated monitor
  • Blue-tailed skink
  • Striped skink
  • Pan-hinged terrapin
  • Serrated-hinged terrapin

Varanasi: The One Sided City

Varanasi is built on the banks of The Ganges, the holiest of rivers. It is entirely built on the west bank, there is nothing on the opposite bank. The city was founded by the god Shiva and is the spiritual heart of India. The city faces the sun as it rises over the Ganges, the new day is born over the holy river. why build the city anywhere else?

The west bank and the city.

The east bank.