A traditional South-African braai, barbecue with polenta and salad, prepared by our excellent guide, driver and chef Warren :-)
Enjoying a braai, watching the beautiful sunset and then the stars above, listening to the sounds in the african night, playing cards around the fireplace. Nightlife as good as any :-)
Dress Code: Casual
Our dear Froggy took us up the main road from Johannesburg via Pretoria and Pietersburg to the Limpopo Valley. The Limpopo river is the border river between South-Africa and Zimbabwe, the camp we stopped at is on the South-African side.
The main picture is taken from inside Froggy, and shows how we "looked down at" Warren, our guide, cook and driver. As you can see, we were sitting a bit higher than him and we had an excellent view through the specially glased windows. Each of us had a double seat and two lockers, since there were only eight of us :-)
If you driving in the less popular areas of the Kruger Park/Timbavati, drive in combe, or have all essential spare parts at hand. If you break down in the middle of nowhere, you might sit for hours before anyone drives past, and you aren't always guaranteed cellphone reception either.
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:
Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.
Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.
Take a warm jacket for game drives; and, if you're going in summer, make sure it's water-proof.
A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.
Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).
Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a SOUTH AFRICAN plug extension.
Bring along the best lens you can - a zoom lens will be needed as the animals are often in the distance and may only look like tiny specks in your photos when they are developed.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
This is so that you don’t get lost, plus can appreciate all that’s around you that much more.
It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.
We did a very enjoyable 2 day hike in the Magoebaskloof park, which was about 20km long in total. We may not have finished the hike (we kinda just wandered around on day 2), but the area is full of wildlife, and the flora is incredibly diverse. The logging operations in the area make for an interesting diversion, but can be a bit intrusive on the...more
Favorite thing: Waking up on our final morning, in the Kruger National Park, we were treated to the most beautiful sunrise, playing through the mists over the trees. Absolutely stunning, especially when placed in contrast with the sunset we'd seen two days earlier.