Sometimes it is almost embarrassing to tell people that I get to go to Kruger every year.
The view from Mopani shows South Africa at it’s best. A Country reflected in the water that has so much to offer but Kruger certainly is one of the best parts!
My good friends share the addiction and are always excited for me. Other people cannot understand the need to head back there annually. Somehow true understanding of being a Krugerholic only comes when you see the addiction take root in someone else. For me it was the reaction of my children to the news we were headed for an unexpected trip to Kruger. We (after 2 years of debating) decided that 2014 would be the year that we would be doing our first 4x4 trip to Botswana. A life long dream that had to wait till the girls were old enough. So it was decided last year that our July holidays would be spent on a new adventure - NOT Kruger. That was the bitter pill to swallow… A new adventure meant being unable to do the family tradition we had become used too.
Initially when we told the kids they were very disappointed but like any parent would we laced our trip to Botswana with absolute decadence. We got to the point where Botswana was starting to sound like Disneyland to my girls. It was settled we were going to explore Wild Africa and Kruger would have to wait till next year until…
It was one of those stunning Cape Town Wind free evenings that February serves up for us just to remind us why this country can never be beat. My brother in-law, his wife and their little girl came to spend the afternoon. After a glorious day around the pool and a braai “wat skrik vir niks nie” we put the kids to bed. Adding some wood to the fire, whiskey for the guys and Amarula for us ladies we began to reminisce about our last trip with them all the way back in 2010. It was a trip of a life time and we have yet to match our sightings in that one trip with the 3 subsequent ones without them. Something about Amarula just brings out the nostalgia. Maybe it was the mellow mood helped along by the drinks but we decided there and then this is nonsense we need to go to Kruger. But when and how will we afford two major holidays….
The conversation of possibles now heads towards probables. Ok we can do it in April / May since now the kids are being given the days off between public holidays. Only 3 days of leave for a 10 days of holidays. But after all the laughs and excitement it was down to me getting us in and also trying A ) to make sure we can get bigger units b) not have to travel everyday between camps and c) Get a a kombi or large vehicle to split vehicle costs! A slow bubble of excitement starts to brew deep inside.
Dumb luck or destiny when I call on the Monday morning I manage to get some accommodation. Not one single night anywhere - we get to stay 2 nights at every camp. PLUS we are going to Pretoriuskop - a first for all of us.
Car rental and flights seemed to jump out at cheaper costs than when we went last year. It was just amazing.
So that Monday we all sit around the fire again. IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING???? We sit and book all our flights together and once that is paid we do a little dance!
Now to break the news to the kids…. Well this is where the Krugerholic came out in both of them. First a big smile appears on their faces (that are still there by the way) next they start jumping up and down. Picking their cousin up and telling her how they are going to educate her in all things Kruger. Now for a 3 year old this doesn’t mean much but the excitement spills over and soon all three of them are chanting “We are going to Kruger, we are going to Kruger….” You get the idea. Yip Cape of Storms and her brood of addicts are at it again. This time we have a few extras in the bus and hope to feed the addiction!