Early morning, we leave Pretoria, Capital city of South Africa for the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga Province.
We have two nights en route to explore, to experience the Panorama route. We head for Kiepersol/Hazyview area where we overnight. Let’s have Coffee at Dullstroom, about two hours from now. It’s Highveld there, open grasslands and often chilly. Ideal trout, sheep and cattle farming country. The mountainous landscape around Dullstroom is beautiful, oak trees line the street. Hmmmm…. the Cappuccino with cream and apple tart tasted good, Garry had a pancake with all sorts of fillings, next time!
The Long Tom pass is next, 50 km of mountain pass driving, hope the top is not covered in mist. Would love to see more of South Africa from up there!
Numerous battles between the English and Boer’s took place in an and around the pass and surrounding areas during the Anglo-Boer war, 1899-1902. Let’s go, it should take us about an hour or two from Dullstroom to get to and over the pass. We’ll have lunch, way down in the valley, at the town of Sabie.
Arriving in Sabie, resisting a local beer brewery was almost impossible, just had to try some. We spend an hour or two in Sabie enjoying lunch and browsing the various stores, interesting!
Off we go towards the town of Hazyview to check in for the night, we stay in the Kiepersol area close to Hazyview. It’s warm, almost humid here, beautiful lush green mountainous countryside, banana plantations and macadamia farms. We are about 50 km from Kruger, can’t wait!
The early morning sunrise is beautiful. A light layer of mist covers the valley below. It’s going to be an awesome day! More to see more to experience. After breakfast, we continue on the Panorama Route and head for the Pot Holes at Bourke’s luck, The Three Rondavels, the Blyde River Canyon, 3rd largest on the planet and perhaps Gods Window.
Let’s have lunch at the town of Graskop, lot’s of African Arts and Craft to browse at local traders there.
It’s late afternoon, we head back to Hazyview, another fantastic day in South Africa!
We overslept! Must be tired or relaxed…. Breakfast was delicious, we are on our way to the Kruger National Park. The air is filled with excitement, looking forward to the 4-night stay.
We arrive at The Kruger National Park early afternoon.
Africa at its Best!
Wow, it’s hot, it’s summer, must be over 40°C….. the ambience, the smells, the sounds…….. Can’t get enough of it!
The private game lodge accommodation is out of this world! An elephant close by! The call of a fish eagle in the distance! Reception at the lodge was fantastic!
Our open vehicle safari is about to start. Grab a camera, binoculars, hat and sunglasses and off we go. We spotted many animals on the drive well into the early evening. It’s a long day but worth every effort.
Back at the safari lodge, dinner is served. Can’t get better than this! Another two nights….. awesome!
Day 7, we reluctantly leave Kruger for Pretoria, what an experience, no words to describe…. just the sweet memory of an awesome experience…. that feel… that smell….. fantastic!
Got to come back, there’s so much more to see, some day….
Beautiful landscape, scenery, towns and farms the like not to mention our stay in the safari park. All kinds of interesting people along the way. Excellent accommodation with restaurant offerings of all sorts, tastes and sizes added to the uniqueness of this part of South Africa.
“Thank you for a wonderful tour of this part of South Africa!”
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