I joined this forum more than two and a half years ago ... here I found like minded special people who shared my passion and love for Kruger National Park, and in this time I have forged many wonderful and warm friendships. I have read many awesome trip reports and viewed many beautiful photos. I feel pretty humble to try and add this one of my own now. Yet the joy of sharing a trip with you all is just so special so how can one miss the opportunity of telling of one's trip too.
As the days passed and our time to set off on our trip drew closer, my level of excitement reached fever pitch! (Most of you know about this
) At last it was one sleep left! We were packing madly (ok we did take way too much stuff with us!) when I received an sms from Jacov (see what I mean about this special forum?) - the road over the Penhoek Pass was snowed over and closed. Oh no!! Now what? This was the road we had to take north. A call at 4am to Queenstown police confirmed the pass was still closed, so we opted to drive a good few hundred kilometers off our chosen route to get out of the Eastern Cape - only to find the other pass closed too! A couple of hours later, the trucks that had stuck due to the freezing conditions were moved and we could finally move on.
Thirteen hours in the car later, we reached Fourways, Jhb and met up with Brad and Candy - and just in time to make it to The Lion King
. The perfect entertainment to set the mood for a visit to Kruger!
Then, at long last, the day that was called 'no more sleeps to Kruger' dawned!! Sadly, Brad had to fly back to Cape Town for an emergency meeting, so Hawk, Candy and I set off to Kruger sans him!
Nothing can replace that feeling of the first glimps of a gate into Kruger! We had arrived!! We received the usual warm welcome by the Kruger staff and in no time Candy was introduced to 'cracking a cold one'.
Time to set off into the Park... and see those first impies... BUT!!!! Our very first animal sighting on this trip was of lion - three lioness in the road! Candy, we decided, was our good luck charm