Starting with the journey to Kruger National Park in various posts will definitely give you the wide availability of wildlife in South Africa. We camped at Mopani Rest Camp which is one of the best camps in the upper region of the park.
At the end of our second day traveling from camp to camp, we had a braai in the evening and when I wake up in the morning and came outside to the kitchen area, I found this huge Giant Plated Lizard feasting on the leftovers of food from the dustbin.
I was so scared to see it so up close that I stood still and was not carrying any camera at that time. I just took the time to check it out with my eyes and didn't make any noise.
When my friend came from the bathroom I told him about this thing and then went and fetched the Nikon D7000 camera to take these pictures. Even then I didn't want to go so close to this big reptile also called at Giant Plated Lizard.
There was a whole family of these lizards who was making rounds near all the chalets as the maintenance staff was clearing the dustbins in the morning. They were feasting on the chicken bones and the leftover meats.
I don't know about you but if this lizard comes running after me, I would run like anything and yell at the top of my voice to help. This is something crazy I saw at the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
The lizard has no intention to attack and went away shyly into the bushes and covered herself with the leaves and just like a dog makes its hole in the ground, she made it underneath a stone till the time she could totally relax and hide away from the naked eyes of human beings.