Too many visitors to Kruger Park make the mistake to focus way too much on seeing the 'Big Five' (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) just to check them off their list. No doubt it's an amazing experience to see a rhino in the wild, but equally spectacular was running into this interesting looking fellow, the almost extinct Southern Ground Hornbill. Our animated guide No Matter (yeap, that really was his name!) explained the quirky characteristics of this somewhat grumpy bird with great humor.
Nina Dietzel traveled to South Africa courtesy of South African Tourism, Collette and South African Airways. Her highlights are part of AFAR's partnership with The United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations across the entire globe. See more about Nina's trip at the USTOA blog - http://ustoa.com/blog/category/afar/.
For more information on Collette Travel, please visit: http://www.gocollette.com/
For more information on beautiful South Africa, please visit: http://www.southafrica.net/country/us/en/