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Sep 06

2014-08 Swadini and Kruger

As you will have read in previous post about Swadini, it is one of our favourite camping spots, especially during the winter holidays. The weather is always a good 5 to 10 degrees C warmer then Johannesburg and the scenery and solitude is out of this world.

What made this holiday special is that all the kids and their partners were able to join us. No work and varsity commitments opened the way to allow them to come along.

We all left on Saturday 12th and returned on Saturday the 19th. The journey as always was uneventful. There were some issues with the road between Lydenberg and Orhigstad where we basically had to slow to a walking speed and get through some of the potholes.

Apart from that, uneventful.

Swadini as always was out of this world. Only issue we could raise was that the warm pool was not as warm as it normally was during winter. I think the boiler or whatever is a bit on the old side.

We found a fantastic camp site overlooking the stream and with a nice opening. It was wonderful to see the Kudu and bushbuck walking buy. However, the highlight was seeing a bushpig saunter past. We were so unprepared and shocked that we just did not get any photo whatsoever 🙁

Weather wise, the temperatures were perfect. There was one day (Tuesday) where it was 21, but with a bit of a wind. We had been watching the weather and the day before chose this specific day to take a ride through Kruger park.

We left for Kruger park at a reasonable hour for once. We entered the park as the sun was rising. As per usual, Kruger was absolutely out of this world. We came across 3 Leopards although we only really saw 2 of them.It was a mother and two adult cubs. The two cubs we saw extensively. Mom had obviously made a kill that night and the “kids” were now playing with their food. It was an awesome sighting.

We continued on to Satara and then Olifants rest-camp where we spent some time. We had lunch at the new Mug and Bean.I was not really impressed. The same slow service as well as a very expensive lunch. They certainly know they have a captive audience.

Anyway, lets get to some photos: –