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 Post subject: Kruger feeds the soul......again
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I must confess that the two-year break from Kruger was just what the doctor ordered for both SO and myself. During our last visit in 2012 the maddening crowds, jeep jockeys and unruly behaviour of certain individuals really got on my nerves and spoiled our visit somewhat. I understand that that is what goes with the territory when visiting Kruger and one simply needs to accept that you are sharing this piece of paradise with a cornucopia of different individuals who feed off different needs and expectations when visiting Kruger. We are also Kalahari junkies and how different the visits to the Kgalagadi and surrounds are - peace and quiet, friendly people and road blocks consist of 3 vehicles! However, the lure of the bushveld and Kruger in particular is so great that one finds it hard to resist so it was with great excitement that we headed to Kruger for our 12th visit to this magical place during August.
We had carefully thought out our itinerary deciding to spend time up north at Shingwedzi and Balule to unwind before finishing off at Berg en Dal where where the beat of the bushveld would no doubt increase its tempo.We also made a conscious decision not to keep watching the sightings boards but to take Kruger on at our own slow pace appreciating "all things bright and beautiful and all things great and small" by not simply hunting down the cats - easier said than done I might add.

We have a long trip of 1500km to get to Kruger from the Eastern Cape so we decided to spend a few days enjoying the southern and northern Drakensberg for a few days as we meandered our way up to Malelane gate. I would like to share (if I may) some of the wonderful scenery that our country is blessed with in this region.
We spent time on a guest farm in the Barkly East area where we explored the Barkly, Lundeans , Naudes Nek and Pitseng passes. This is truly a beautiful area.

This is the view down the Barkly Pass

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Once through Barkly East we crossed this river with its beautiful old bridge

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The early morning view from our farm cottage was transformed from this misty weather to a beautiful rainbow - we thought to ourselves "I bet Kruger is at the foot of that rainbow!"

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We decided to summit Lundean's Pass first before driving a spectacular "private" pass to visit a well known ski resort. The scenery was spectacular and we even found a small patch of snow

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En route north a few days later we drove the Naude's Nek Pass which was a wonderful experience

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From here it was down the Pitseng Pass and up to the northern berg where we spent a few days that we actually wished away because we so anxious to get to Kruger for our 18-day visit. Well THE DAY dawned and we were away at 04h00 travelling through Ladysmith, Ermelo Barberton before finally reaching Malelane Gate at about 13h00. We actually got lost in all our excitement - turned into Malelane town to get to the gate instead of passing through and turning left a few km later!!!

Checking in went smoothly and we set off to Malelane camp where we would spent the night before heading north the next day.

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For the first time in many years the first sighting was not an Impala!

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.....to be continued

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger feeds the soul......again
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The Landie is back :dance: :dance:
If you don't mind ,canon,I'll be on board at your Kruger "own slow pace".It's also the tempo I like :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger feeds the soul......again
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The Landie is back :dance: :dance:
If you don't mind ,canon,I'll be on board at your Kruger "own slow pace".It's also the tempo I like :thumbs_up:


Welcome back Goronto - hop on for a long slow drive through Kruger

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger feeds the soul......again
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We were only spending one night at Malelane so no need to set up camp - rooftop tent tonight. This was our first visit to Malelane camp and I dare say we were pleasantly surprised. Yes you do border on the Crocodile River with the nearby cane fields and mills but the camp site actually faces north into the bush. The rondavels looked very nice with lovely grassed lawns under the trees. We had a coffee and a snooze in the shade of the Landy before taking a walk around the camp and soon bumped into these critters

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger feeds the soul......again
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What lovely atmospheric pictures - I love to see some of the ''extra pics'' forumites add on their TRs. It is an area we have yet to visit but always keep the details at the back of my mind just in case we get the chance to venture in that locale and have a chance to enjoy such stunning scenery. Am somewhat envious of your Landy though..for those of us who have to fly in to share your amazing country, the hire costs are rather prohibitive. So, on this occasion I will find a tiny space on the roof and eagerly await your Kruger trip.

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Canon, I am delighted to see another trip report from Kruger.

My goodness, parts of your trip look cold. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: That rainbow was just magnificent. Worth the freeze, no doubt.

You certainly have an impressive camping set up. 8) I did laugh at the Malelane baboons though. Looks like a well known parliamentary meeting with a certain sudden exit. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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So happy to see another trip report from you Canon! Beautiful scenery pictures on your way to Kruger! :clap: :clap:

I'm ready for this trip through Kruger! :dance: :dance:

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There is a constant call, a tugging at the heart when it comes to Kruger. Every park has it's magic, but Kruger is special!

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Love Canon trips with your superb photos and interesting narrative.

That misty early morning view from your farm cottage just speaks to me.


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carolv wrote:
What lovely atmospheric pictures - I love to see some of the ''extra pics'' forumites add on their TRs. It is an area we have yet to visit but always keep the details at the back of my mind just in case we get the chance to venture in that locale and have a chance to enjoy such stunning scenery. Am somewhat envious of your Landy though..for those of us who have to fly in to share your amazing country, the hire costs are rather prohibitive. So, on this occasion I will find a tiny space on the roof and eagerly await your Kruger trip.


Hi carol

There is a small spot for you in our Landy - amazing vehicle. When it gets pointed north our heartbeats drop to idling speed!

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Canon, I am delighted to see another trip report from Kruger.

My goodness, parts of your trip look cold. :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: That rainbow was just magnificent. Worth the freeze, no doubt.

You certainly have an impressive camping set up. 8) I did laugh at the Malelane baboons though. Looks like a well known parliamentary meeting with a certain sudden exit. :lol: :lol: :lol:

:popcorn:


Hi Meandering Mouse
The baboons have an easy exit when parliament adjourns because for some reason the fence around this camp is not electrified.

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hilda wrote:
So happy to see another trip report from you Canon! Beautiful scenery pictures on your way to Kruger! :clap: :clap:

I'm ready for this trip through Kruger! :dance: :dance:


Nice hearing from you Hilda - hope you enjoy the TR

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There is a constant call, a tugging at the heart when it comes to Kruger. Every park has it's magic, but Kruger is special!


Pikkie you are so correct - Kruger has a kind of magic that lures you back time and again

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Love Canon trips with your superb photos and interesting narrative.

That misty early morning view from your farm cottage just speaks to me.


Welcome on board and I trust that you will enjoy the rest of this TR

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The camping site at Malelane is on a bit of a slope, especially on the northern fence which faces the bush. This is fine if you have a caravan that can be leveled but a bit of a problem if in a tent! It is not grassed but not a problem. The camp site has an amazing sense of calm and quiet about it which is special. I sense that this camp is often used, as we did, as a stop over when entering or exiting the park

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