Thank you to all that have commented on the TR
Now then, let's get on with it.......last time I left off just before driving into Lilydale Camp. As I said, I was not expecting much.......
To my surprise I drove into a newly built camp sitting on a ledge overlooking the Riet River. Walking down the path to reception it did not take me long to feast my eyes on a nice swimming pool and the well kept surrounds. I was greeted in reception by arguably one of the most efficient and friendly people I have met in all of 2012! Sadly I have forgotten his name, but he was new to Lilydale after having taken a promotion from Nossob, where he apparently spent 10 years. Without letting his white teeth stop shining, he was able to sort out my reservation, man and respond to the radio linked with the access gate, organize me firewood and a cold beer and banter about the fact that the dividing fence in the park had been removed to allow all the game to roam across the entire area.
The camp was quite empty, so I could really pic and choose which bungalow I wanted. Having said this, it seemed that all of the units offered stunning views over the Riet River and the Karoo plains. The restaurant at the camp is not currently functional but apparently this is coming soon. They do however sell cold drinks and beers and the atmosphere is wonderful.
The welcome views from my veranda were restful and pleasing: upstream
I found my unit clean, well equipped, tidy and a great resting spot after a long day's travels:
The cosy and homey inside......
The great outside (my braai area)
Next I will start sharing some of the game (and bird) sightings.......
but just perhaps this one last pic of my barbecue, butter, feta, sweet chili, tinfoil jacket potatoes before I go (for now)