Well I guess 2180km is not exactly a lot, considering that some visitors to KNP travel many thousands of km more to come and enjoy some quality time in KNP. And then you have to take of the Km travlled there and back from Johannesburg and you are left with about 1380km. In my opinion, the best way to spend 1380km is in Kruger, done over 6 days from 9-14 of this month. What a wonderful time I had, some stunning sightings, many of which I had hoped I would get sometime in my visits to the Park. Crazy to do so over a long weekend, and I should have known it was going to be a bit of a circus, when I struggled to get accommodation for those 5 nights. Eventually I did, 3 nights in Pretoriouskop, 1 in Skukuza and 1 in Berg en Dal. I paid the price for going over this long weekend, and the traffic was more horrendous than the N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria, traffic jams included. Speeding and general disregard for the rules were all too apparent. As was litter. But as I said elsewhere, I refuse to allow other people's inconsiderate behaviour to spoil my time there, and I made a consious decision I would enjoy every moment, every sighting and the all-round atmosphere that only Kruger can give. Plus there is the added benefit of de-stressing from the hectic life of Johannesburg.
Reflecting on the "requirements" for posting Trip reports i.e. was it breathtaking? And I can say Yebo yes, a most enjoyable time.
2180 can also refer to the numbe of photos I took, in which case this is going to be a long TR, and I am still editing most of the photos. But I promise
I will probably not post most of them, well not all of them in one go!
I'll start with this image, of a piece of art given to me by a good friend, a few days before I was to depart and I am sure there are others like me, who will consider this a really good omen for an upcoming trip to Kruger. Made of the cut off branch of a Palm tree, this 80+ year old gentleman carved out this beautiful piece of art, and gave it to me free. Needless to say I was very happy to receive it, and it now proudly hangs in my lounge. He also told me that I can (in one way or another) mount a small candle behind it, and those eyes will glow. I'll try that sometime. Risky, as that Palm branch can catch alight so very quickly.
Here's my good omen!
An incident free trip to Mmpumalanga, passing some important pointers along the way, you know those pointers that you mark out to get the adrenaline flowing and the excitment higher and higher. Milly's is one of them and so is this, though I have somewhat mixed emotions with this one. It excites me that I am very close to Nelspruit, but it stinks- like rotten cabbage that has been heated- The Paper Mill en route to Nelspruit. I stopped specially to take these
A misty scene greeted me as I travelled
Off to Pick n Pay to buy some essentials (golden liquid included as I knew it was going to get hot in KNP) and before you kow it, I am at Numbi gate, most of the potholes have disappeared on that road between White River and Numbi Gate. Arriving a bit latish -past 09:00 in the morning has it s advantages as it means very little people in the queue
. the on to my ritual, having a cup of Coffee at the gate, with the koeksister from Pick n Pay. Get out the Camera, maps,. binocs etc etc, except on this occasion I am rudely interrupted by teh security guard, who, when I tell him I am going to enjoy a cup of coffee, tells me to please park my car on the other side parking -the other side of the boom . There I can enjoy my cup of coffee in the presence of a small herd of ELEPHANTS. Can you believe that. That Omen? Elephants right at Numbi gate entrance. What a way to enjoy a cup of coffee
ANd the added benefit is that now I did not have to have that internal struggle- a very intense one at that, of which animal I was going to see first
A lovely cutie-pie included
C U later