We recently had a 5 day break and decided to travel the 200km up the road to the MZNP where would camp. Obviously the weather would be a bit of a lottery so we were certainly prepared for some really cold nights. Hot blankets, beanies, mohair blankets - you name it, we had it. Fortunately for us we had 5 really warm winter days but also had seriously frosty nights with a full moon
It was COLD - ear muffs and warm clothing were essential till about 09h00 in the morning
Dish cloths froze during the night
HOWEVER, it was all part of the experience and once it had warmed up the days were really pleasant. It seemed as though park visitors had stayed away - there were only 3 campers in the entire campsite which was great - had it all to ourselves.
For the most part this report will consist mainly of pictures taken of the wildlife and the magnificent scenery. But first a general overview of the MZNP -
- The staff were very efficient, well informed and extremely friendly. Well done to all concerned
- The roads were in excellent condition - what a change having recently spent time in KTP
- Clearly somebody takes great pride in this park - all facilities were clean, well kept and in tip top condition
- The 4 x 4 routes add a whole new dimension to visiting the park. These roads were also well kept.
- The monkeys are a real curse in the picnic site and something should be done about it.
- It is a pity that there are no hides in the park. The dam on the Wilger river would be the perfect spot.
- It was interesting to note that we never saw a single Steenbokkie - do the Cheetah favour them?
- It was also interesting to note that we never saw a single big adult Kudu bull!
- I do think that there is scope for more 4x4 routes, especially up on the Juriesdam loop
- Rustic unfenced camp sites at remote parts of the park would be a big plus and very popular.
Our first mid-morning drive yielded the following suspectsRed HaartebeestEagle - not sure of IDAnt-eating ChatChacma BaboonJackal BuzzardOstrichGround SquirrelPied Barbet
This Springbok stood for ages staring at something that could not see. We thought Cheetah maybe but could not see anything. Maybe he was simply day dreaming!
We returned to camp for a cuppa. It had warmed up nicely so we decided to take a stroll around the restcampOur padReceptionSwimming PoolMoon in the east