|Alex Enjoying the view after a 4km trek to the mouth of the Lanner Gorge in Kruger National Park|
Going on holiday to the Kruger National Park without a camera is a sin. But then this holiday we all decided to take the bare minimum and focus our holiday more about the venues, the walks, and the small stuff. The small stuff that make up the big stuff – we found pleasure in everything but the animals. We of course LOVED seeing the animals, but they were not our main focus. We saw the big 5 and more, and it was truly an amazing experience for the whole family.
|Driving around in Hans Merensky Club, Phalaborwa|
|Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa Gate|
What made it even more fun was the Volkswagen bus that we rented. The space, automatic gearbox, tinted windows (a must for Africa!) and a decent air-con was shear driving pleasure and fun for the whole family.
First we stopped over in Phalaborwa to visit some friends and old familiar places, then 2 days later the big drive up to Punda Maria Rest Camp, Limpopo, South Africa. En route we stopped at Shingwedzi camp – Kruger National Park for a break and a snack.
|One of the many magnificent and icon African Trees, the majestic Baobab|
|A scops owl resting in a tree at Tsendze Rustic Camp near Mooiplaas Picnic site. Thank you Rodgerth for showing us your amazing owls.|
|Shingwedzi Camp Gate|
|A Beautiful maroela tree on the Mahone Loop around Punda Maria|
|Buffalo cooling off in the Levuvhu River|
|Mopani Camp Gate|
|Consider Stopping over at Mopani Camp for a view of their beautiful Pioneer dam and iconic resident baobab|
Finally upon our arrival at Punda Maria Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, the swimming pool could not be found soon enough. The oldest rest camp in Kruger national park, and still true to form, in style as it was originally built, yet inside our bungalow it was modern and spacious. We drove to Pafuri to visit the legendary Crook’s Corner and enjoyed a special bush walk in the Lanner Gorge and the Levuvhu River.
|Punda Maria Camp Bungalow|
|Punda Maria Camp Swimming Pool|
|Driving to the start of our bush walk in the Lanner Gorge|
|A well deserved rest stop after a 4km trek to the Lanner Gorge Mouth|
|Biggest Baobab on the walk to the Lanner Gorge|
|Crooks Corner : bordering South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe|
|Beautiful Cloud formations over the Kruger bush veld|
|Impala grazing on the bushveld of Limpopo|
|Looking down the Limpopo river from Crooks Corner|
Stay tuned to view more footage of the rest of our trip down south …