Well it's only taken me 3 and a half months to get this TR going - thanks to the kind and gentle encouragement of my mate Melph (thanks Mel!)
As a bit of a background - myself and Mark (a.k.a. Mork - the SO) took a trip to South Africa in March/April to visit my beautiful grandmother. She is turning 94 this year, and had decided she could no longer make the journey to visit us in Australia - her last trip being in her 92nd year.
[Incidentally – she also decided in the last year that she would stop driving!
So we had made a resolution to visit SA on a far more regular basis - rather than every 3 years, as I / we have done in the past.
These visits to SA always include a trip to Kruger, and sometimes other parts of this great country.
So after our 11 days with beautiful Gran in Kwazulu Natal, we headed off on a couple of adventures...
I understand this first stop is not officially on the SANParks list – but it did lead us to new SANParks territory…
We decided to head to Gansbaai (3hrs out of Cape Town) for a quiet little activity called shark cage diving – which I will say briefly was mind-blowing, and is something I would quite happily repeat again.
Once we had spent our morning with the Great Whites we had an afternoon free, and so decided to head to the “Tip of Africa” – Cape Agulhus.
It really was a beautiful drive there – the scenery was quite spectacular, and at times it felt like we were the only people driving through the countryside.
I have to be honest – I never realised that Agulhus National Park was SANParks territory, so it was very exciting for me to see the SANParks logo before heading to Kruger!
I don’t know why – but there is something quite special about standing on the edge of any continent, which is why I think I am compelled to write to you about it.
The water looked most inviting (despite being a chilly 13 degrees) and I was tempted to go for a dip just to say I had swum “off the most southern point of Africa” – but after spending a morning with 8 massive sharks all the size of a miniature bus, the appeal somehow wore off.
We weren’t able to spend long there – we had to make it back to Gansbaai for the evening – but it was an afternoon drive we both thoroughly enjoyed. Cape Agulhus was quite beautiful, and we both wished we had more time to explore the quaint little town…
I guess there’s always next time.
What a great start to our adventures – but it was only a warm-up, as our next stop was Jo’burg and the journey to Kruger…
Satara 9 - 11 April, 2013
Tamboti 11 - 14 April, 2013
Finally got the Trip Report started! The story of two very lucky Aussies in Kruger...