We moved to Crocodile Bridge on 20th Sept, our last 4 days in Kruger. Time was short, but maybe Kruger saved the best for last. 2 cheetahs next to the road, we followed them for about a kilometre then they crossed the road, marked a tree and laid down for all to see, close to the road. What a sight. On our last day we were 2 kms out of camp and 8 lions. The big male crossed the road a bit ahead of us, the other 7 (lionesses and almost adult cubs) crossed right in front of our car, so close I could have patted them. Glad I didn't though! We left at 6 a.m. on 24th
Sept. headed for JHB to stay a couple of nights with the kids. Our son put the video onto dvd discs for us. 3 whole discs full - lots to enjoy in our old age! I cried as I crossed the Crocodile bridge, but then thought of the 8 weeks of blog I need to catch up with when I get home. That cheered me up a bit.
To sum up. Kruger is so beautiful. I was privileged to spend 6 weeks there and I met quite a few YR's. Big5spotter, TJ, Bushchild, Atlanta Joe, Zolbol. Nice meeting and chatting to you all too. That was special.
I was very disappointed in most of the campsites. Remember we were caravanning so I cannot comment on the huts and bungalows. The Management don't seem too interested in what there staff are doing. For instance at Pkop the public laundry was being used to wash and dry the bungalow towels and when a machine eventually came available I had to tug and pull to get out about 30 bath towels. How can these be efficiently washed in such overloaded machines. The cleaning lady swept out the ablutions in the morning then took the already soaking mop and spread the water in the mop over the floor. She then washed it at the tap outside and set it back in the ablution block soaking wet, for people to try mop up wet dressing room floors, and it was repeated next day. No sanpic or disinfectant used on the mop. As a caravaner of 32 years that is just not good enough. The best ekpt and run camping area was Croc Bridge and then Shingwedzi, The worst P kop and Letaba, Now I know the visitors make a mess too and trash out of windows etc ( I wonder if they mess like that at home) but really since I visited 8 years ago these camps have gone down. I could see no maintenance being done in camps. Do they have maintenance people? At Croc bridge when I reported a toilet water running though the maintenance man came straight away to fix it. Problem solved. Not so at the other camps. Every ablution block I used had at least one toilet that water kept running through when flushed. I think they don't worry about things like saving water! And only at Shingwedzi and Croc Bridge were the general staff smiling and greeting. But must say all Reception staff were very courteous and helpful. And I will go about the roads.