Kruger National Park, South Africa, and its World-Renowned Game Reserve
A group of antelope at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. (Oct. 1, 2018)
(I’m still in South Africa. I’ve had a delay in posting mainly due to lack of internet and spotty cellular service. But, I’m back online…at least for now. )
There’s something rather magical and slightly scary when you step outside the ‘normal’ in your life and put yourself into something so totally different you’re actually laughing at yourself and wondering “what was I thinking” when I decided to take this trip.
It’s more than just coming to South Africa because coming here was important to me. It’s more of how I’ve chosen to experience Africa, in this case, South Africa, with a small group of people, traveling in a truck/bus and camping along the way.
Plus, it’s traveling on the ground, not in an airplane or on a cruise, and actually see howling how this great country’s people live their day to day lives. I’ve seen my share of the European Continent and there’s more I want to see and will see soon but coming to Africa wasn’t at the top of my travel list until now. This great urge has risen up in me and I want to see as much of the African Continent as possible.
Sunday was a long hot day on the bus from Johannesburg, with a 5 a.m. start…that’s be ready and on the bus to go at 5:30 a.m. But seeing the people and the lush land made it all worth while. We also stopped along the way to shop for lunch, water and snacks at SPAR, the big chain grocery store, before making it to our destinations, the Panorama Route and our home base for two nights, camping at Kruger National Park.
I pitched my first ten Sunday night, with a lot of help and direction from our guide, Meshack and my tent mate, Julia. I also helped with preparing for dinner, and by that I mean, cleaning the cobs of corn, but Meshack is also the chef. After dinner and helping to clean up, it was late and I was so exhausted, I slept…and rather peacefully with my clothes on…yes, the same clothes I’d had on since Saturday. Chalk it up to a traveling camper’s life.
And, then Monday morning, its pack, load the trucks, gather the sleeping bag and mattress and take down the tent…all before breakfast. Then load the truck for a game drive through Kruger National Park, which is about 7,500 square miles.
Yes, I was ready for a different travel experience, which is definitely what South Africa provides. But this camping ‘thing’ well, I’m glad I’m doing it now but I’m not sure it’s really my personal cup of tea.
We spent most of the day being amazed by the wilds of Africa at the Kruger National Park. Kruger is a gem reserve and park where people come from all over the world to see lions, tigers elephants, hyenas, giraffes, antelope, buffalos and a host of other animals, birds and landscape in the wild of the African Bus.
After a hot, sweaty and exciting day of watching the most magnificent animals in their natural habit…the African bush, I was ready for a nice hot shower and change of clothes. There are rather descent shared showers and toilet facilities at the camp sites. Thankfully, I came prepared with a towel, plastic shower shoes and a bar of soap that doubled as my shampoo. And, even though I packed light, I realize now, I could have done an even better job of not bringing certain ‘just in case’ things like liquid shampoo.
WiFi has been difficult to obtain and although my T-Mobile cellular service worked well in Johannesburg, it doesn’t do as well as we move out into other areas of Johannesburg. So, I’ll be playing catch-up with my posts.
Swaziland is next. But here are the South Africa highlights from Sunday and Monday during our stay at Kruger National Park.