Being a total Kruger junkie, each time we can snatch some leave, I put pressure on the rest of the family that we take a trip to Kruger.
The past couple of years, we have tried to broaden our SANParks 'horizons' so to speak, and visit different Parks. This is something I really recommend that each of you do. We do not know what we are missing by sticking to just visiting one or two favourite parks.
SA is such a beautiful country - and SANParks is preserving and conserving corners of it and it is up to us to go and learn more and enjoy these treasures!
Last time, many years ago, when we visited Golden Gate Highlands National Park, it was very cold! But that was mid winter, and we were camping. For the preceding week to our trip this week, I studied all the weather forecasts that I could. Warm midday temps, and cooler nights was definitely on the cards.
(Note to self - when going to the mountains, prepare for cold. Not just East Cape cold. Real cold!)
Prepare too for the weather to change at a whim! From dramatic mist, to storms, to sunshine and winds!
We arrived early afternoon after a fairly long journey. The gates, or check point into the park was a welcome sight! larger view
We checked in and headed straight to our camp - Highlands Mountain Retreat. As we wound our way up the mountain, we drove deeper and deeper into heavy mist! It swirled around us, and was so dense we could not see far ahead, let alone get any idea of the views around us, or what our camp looked like! larger view larger view
We made use of the bags of wood provided in the fire place, and lit a cosy fire, had supper and snuggled into warm beds wondering if in the morning we'd get a glimpse of the views from the camp.