September 18, 2011 Satara to Roodewal
This whole trip came about as click click had a very special birthday and had booked Roodewal bush camp for us. We were joined by her parents, friend E who also had her birtday the same day as click click, her parents and brother and fiancee. Also ME...the guest of honor??
and our other dear friends Norma and John.
Sunday morning a quick good bye to VVSG and SO as they had to get back to work on Monday, but I was not sad as they would join us again at LSabie later in the week. I missed the departure of Hilda and SO, think I was still dreaming by the time they left
We were told by the staff at Satara, where you book in for Roodewal, that they had no guests at Roodewal the previous day and we were welcome to go anytime we were ready. It was nice as I had coolerboxes full of ice and lots and lots of food for the 12 ppl for the next 4 days. Apart from what everyone else was going to bring
I have spent many hours working out the menus and the shopping lists and click click and I ordered the meat before hand, E did the shopping for the other items and click clicks parents did the shopping for all the fresh fruit and vegs.
I think Roodewal is only about 55km from Satara so it would be a quick drive. I left camp around 8am and made my way to Roodewal. Not many sightings on the way, but it was ok as I very much looked forward to seeing Roodewal as I have never stayed there before.
I stopped at Nyamarhi wh to watch a few zebras being very nervous....and before long these 2 lionnesses came walking out of the long grass and lay down next to a tree. I must tell you it was a real scorching hot day!!
I knew I could not stay very long and watched them for a while, hoping they would come up to the waterhole and closer to be to get better pictures....when all of a sudden from behind the long grass a Sanparks vehicle came out of the bush, almost right next to the lions...
They got up and dissapeared into the grass again....
With that I left and made my way to Roodewal. I was the first to arrive and had a good look around. 2 Attendants and the camp who were extremely friendly and helpfull, but I could not carry on with Roodewal unless I give you my impressions.
It consists of a kitchen area, where you have the washing up sinks, lots of cupboards, workspace on top and all the cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils etc. In the back corner a big freezer.
Next to that a big dining room with tables, chairs and 2 fridges.
4 individual bungalows, which are very, very nice. Each consist of a lounge, dining area, fully equiped kitchen and 2 bedrooms each with its own shower etc.
I think Roodewal was the perfect choice for the celebrations, but I would like to see, especially for the price you pay that a few items needs to be replaced.
The one cottage only had a freezer, no fridge, so in the morning when you would like to have your tea...the milk is frozen!! It is also standing almost in the middle of the dining area as it wont fit into the space that is obviously designed for a small fridge!
The dining area needs mayor revamping as the tables and a few chairs are in dire need of replacement. I would like to have a fridge in the kitchen area as its a real pain walking up and down to get the vegs from the dining room, then the meat from the kitchen/freezer etc...
Monkeys are a BIG problem, so much so, that it is impossible to sit outside under the beautiful trees having something to eat. Im sure E did not enjoy her stay after one tried to attack her as she was carrying some food from the car into the dining room
Its got a very nice deck under some some big trees and we spent many hours there watching anything that came around...Hyeana, Impala, Elephants, Bushbuck and a few baboons.
It was time for me to get everything packed and sorted once the other 4 cars arrived with all the other food....I wished we had more fridges!!! I was shocked to see the amount of food that came out of all the cars as I think that all thought of something else to bring
At last everyone was settled and it was time for the first fire.....Roodewal has 3 normal braais, like the ones you have at any accommodation in Kruger, and also a bigger brick braai next to the wall. Our first menu consisted of Steak and Chops with E making a potato salad and a sweet carrot salad. We also had a mix salad and some rolls.!!
The next morning John drove me to Phalaborwa as I wanted to make a breakfast with a bit of a difference for click click and E for their birthdays. I dont think I lifted my camera during the whole drive there and back......
Little did I know that I was not going to touch my camera during the next 3 days...I was too busy with organising, cooking etc to even think about that
I will ask click click to once again post pics of our stay at Roodewal, including the food. So with this I give you the menu''s we had for the days at Roodewal
Monday - Salad rolls for lunch and Lamb , Oxtail and Chicken potjies for dinner
Tuesday, Birthday breakfast and that evening I made a spit braai with Deboned leg of lamb and 2 Beer can chickens, and with that a variety of vegetables in foil.