To Parfuri & Back

#foxycrocodilebushretreat

The open safari looked like a UNICEF cargo vehicle almost, not many clothes packed, but lots of beverages and snacks packed, not for survival but to ensure that we would be able to spend every minute of the opening times of the Kruger without having to stop. The beverages weren’t enough – the wonderful hot sunny days required us to quench our thirst with many litres of water and beverages.

Cameras were ready and our excitement remained from the entrance from Crocodile bridge gate… and only subsided when we drove out again when we left after our 6 nights in the Kruger.

Our first stop was Lower Sabie for one night, Olifants camp for 2 nights, Shingwedzi for 2 nights and then Satara for one night. Every camp had its own charm, nothing fancy but it was just a place for us to sleep until the excitement of the new day. The alarm was set for 4.00 am every morning to make the best of the sunrise golden hour, well that is what I told myself because it felt rather brutal when the alarm went off.

Our favourite road in the North on the trip was the S56 Shingwedzi – If you are a fan of leopards then it is a must. A 30 kilometre drive of magnificent trees meandering along the river. A highlight besides leopard sightings was seeing a roan running up from the riverbed across the road in front of us. A mixture of what I have to confess is Mark’s luck, brilliant eyesight and passion combined that gave us a lot of highlight, National geographic material sightings.

After 7 blissful days we headed back to Crocodile Bridge where it felt like the animals greeted us back home. We both agreed as unforgettably wonderful a safari adventure to the North and back it was, the South of Kruger is definitely the gold mine for game viewing and spectacular sightings. The animals seemed to show off that they agreed too.

Our second favourite place for sightings was the S147 – a oneway road also adjacent to a riverbed. Not forgetting other special places up north, gasping at the beauty of gigantic baobab trees, watching the largest gathering of elephants frolicking in the water at the Nsemani dam, and our love of Kamona dam where we had a sighting twice with a pride of 23 lions on the hunt – their temptation – buffalo.

After 7 blissful days we headed back to Crocodile Bridge where it felt like the animals greeted us back home. We both agreed as unforgettably wonderful a safari adventure to the North and back it was, the South of Kruger is definitely the gold mine for game viewing and spectacular sightings. The animals seemed to show off that they agreed too.