Sunday 24th February
I find it so depressing when I get back from a trip to Kruger that I generally can’t bring myself to do a trip report until I can guarantee I have another trip in my future, so having now booked a trip for Christmas, I am looking back over the trip in Feb/March, and re-living it in preparation for the next adventure.
After a few days catching up with friends in Johannesburg, and doing some preparatory shopping for the Kruger, I picked my mother up at the airport and we headed out towards Milly’s at Machadadorp (it’s possible someone in the car was a little cranky
after running into the infamous airport 8 international flights arrive within 20 minutes and we have only 2 passport control officers….fortunately a tempo and a cup of tea soothed tempers a little).
Millys offered up the usual fabulous food (and coffee milkshake which was so good I had to have 3). We drove on to Nelspruit, and stopped at Crossings, to go to Woolworths for meat and veg, then Spar for water and bread rolls. Finally, all tasks complete, we headed for Malelane Gate, for our first night in Malelane Camp.
Our first sighting was a couple of elephant on an island in the Crocodile River just before Malelane Gate (terrible photo but I always take a photo of the first animal no matter how distant / out of focus).
Checkin was quick and efficient (our wild card hadn’t turned up again, but the printout of the receipt was accepted with no problems). Saw nothing between the gate and camp, but it was now 3pm and very hot, so everything was sensibly snoozing I guess. We had booked the BG3, so were in Unit 5 (the only BG3 in camp).
Unpacked, and went for a walk around camp to stretch our legs after the drive. We discovered a communal kitchen with a chest freezer, so put the meat in there so it would last the long drive to Satara tomorrow in the coolbag. Malelane Camp, Kruger Malelane Camp, Kruger Malelane Camp, Kruger
Really love Malalane – quiet, no noise other than animals (at least when we were there), with beautiful trees and birdlife. We went out for a drive on the S110 towards Berg-en-Dal. We saw elephant and impala, and then tried the Matjulu loop: road was very bad after the rains, and bush very overgrown, so we turned back. Back in camp we sat outside with a glass of wine, snacking on crackers and trout dip from Millys, just enjoying the sunset and being back in Kruger.