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Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp to the Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. 71 km (44 miles) Thursday, March 20th. We were up this morning while it was still very dark out, to take a sunrise (left at 4:30am) game drive. Frankly, we saw nothing new being out that early. We might have seen something unusual if the Park’s dirt roads were not washed out and several of them closed to even their own staff-driven vehicles. After it got light, we did see a pack of wild dogs who paid no attention to the vehicles in the road and moved around them. Something had their attention on the side of the road for some time as each sniffed at a spot. We did see a female lion lying on one of the side roads, elephants, wildebeest, zebras and ... read more
1403-384  Lioness on closed side road looking at all of us
1403-385 Herd of Burchell's Zebras
1403-386 One of several giraffes we followed on morning drive


Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Swaziland to Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. 185 km (115 miles) Wednesday, March 19th. We left camp fairly early, as it will be a hard drive today. Headed out of camp on a different road to the front gate. This road was in slightly better condition. At the highway, we turned left, and continued toward Mbabane towards the MR-3. Soon we were on a newish highway with overhead crossing walkways. Wonder if they can show the cows and goats how to use them?? Crossed through the outskirts of the City of Mbabane, which is the Capitol of the country. Started our climb up into the mountains and although directional signs pointed off to the Royal Residence, we never saw anything from the road that looked like a Royal ... read more
1403-367 Hornbill, African grey
1403-368  Blue Wildebeest (Gnus)
1403-369 Look closely and imagine a cat hiding in here

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 20th 2014

We drove into Punda Maria camp and missed the sign that said no caravans so drove right up to the reception, realised there was nowhere to turn round so had to keep going into the staff quarters to do a three point turn. I guess a little more practice would be useful. Back down in the camp site and we found a lovely level patch right on the fence with tall trees overhead ideal for bush babies and owls, this was supposed to be a top birding spot. We set up camp quickly, we do the whole lot in under half an hour now, and went out for an evening drive. Ten minutes into the loop and it started to rain lightly, thinking it wouldn't be much we kept on going hoping it would stop. About ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 19th 2014

Next stop was Tsendze bush camp. This was about as different as it was possible to get from Crocodile Bridge. The camp is away from the main Mopani Camp and is only for campers. There is no electricity, shop, pool or restaurant but there is lovely individual sites hidden in the bush, peace and quiet, lovely ablutions complete with an outdoor shower which was much nicer than trying to shower in the dark with all the spiders and mozzies as we normally do. There was a decent kitchen with hot water and solar lighting. And to top it all the game ranger in charge came round to chat to us, show us where the paradise flycatcher has her nest and to show us his photos of a nightjar he had just taken and chat in general ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 16th 2014

Our next destination was Satara so we stopped of at tshokwane picnic spot on the way up and ordered the pie and chips insisting the gravy be served separately. Last time we were here the gravy was dollopped on top like a little mountain as it was so thick, disgusting even for me and too thick for the normal South African gravy also. We drove along the road over what appeared to be a generous coating of elephant dung, so much so that there had to be a large herd somewhere and eventually we found it, fortunately far enough away to watch comfortably, we counted 77 including lots of very young ones. Satara campsite was as nice as ever and we managed to get a quiet spot on the fence. They are upgrading the restaurant so ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 15th 2014

With no problems from the Swaziland roads and getting through both borders in about ten minutes we were very soon picking up supplies from the Komatipoort Spar before entering Kruger Park.First stop was going to be Crocodile Bridge which has always been one of our favourite camps as it has always been small and quiet.Not so any mo... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 19th 2014

We had one more game drive before we left Timbavarti. We had another great ride seeing so manny more animals. We saw more Elephants and Giraffes. After the drive we went to Kruger park! It took awhile to get there. But it was gorgeous there. We hadn't had are lunch so Arthur tolled us to order are food right away before we go to are room. There were girls that took are bags to the rooms! We then went to get are lunch it was really good. After lunch I went summing and then played soccer with Sam, Aidan, Pipa and Stuart. Five person monkey in the middle. We had an optional game drive in the later afternoon but no one went on the drive. We all stayed at the hotel watching soccer or doing other ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 18th 2013

We spent 3 nights in Kruger National Park. Two nights at Pretoriuskop (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/pretoriuskop/) and one night at Crocodile Bridge (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/croc_bridge/default.php). The camps are fantastic! Everything was reasonably priced and we had fun making our own food and enjoying the area. Our time in Kruger was amazing. We saw so many things that were beyond beautiful! Here's a list of animals we know we saw: Wild dog Lion Zebra Sidestriped jackal Leopard African wildcat Buffalo Large-spotted genet Giraffe Vervet monkey White rhinoceros Warthog Elephant Hippopotamus Kudu Blue wildebeest l... read more
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Sunset on a "sunset" drive!

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park November 3rd 2013

This is the second entry of our multiple excursions to the motherland. Honestly this one is more about the pictures because I think we got some awesome pictures on this trip. When people think South Africa they usually think wild animals, big game parks, hunting, etc. (you get the picture). Having lived in South Africa for 18 straight years I have to confess that I have never gone on a safari. It's the case of - well it is right here in my backyard so why would we? We had to go back for my brother's wedding and they did not really have any honeymoon plans so we invited them along on another one of our crazy excursions. The wedding was on a farm right outside Kimberley with just some very close family and friends with ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 19th 2013

Simbavati river camp Weather has turned a bit cold and windy especially for the 6amsafari start. Usually much warmer when heading out again at 4. Animals are here but seem to be widely dispersed, unlike Tanzania where they were in huge groups. Wildfires within park are probably partly to blame as well as extremely dry conditions and lack of water ( river is completely dry with only a few water holes.) Two more days here with Steve, Suzanne, Don and Holly. everyone is doing well. Monday we return to Joberg for a couple of days before returning home. Kango cave pictures included Seems like it has gone fast.... read more
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