Blyde Canyon & Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Blyde Canyon & Kruger National Park Reviews
Natures Irresistible Trap Oct 22, 2008
Home to rain forests and scores of pine trees that line the roads Mpumulanga gives you a different taste of South Africa. Also known for its fruit industry this region provides tourist some of natures hand made wonders; starting from her scenic vegetation to wind carved canyons and free roaming animals at the Kruger National Park.
Instead of taking the national highway we opted for a more scenic route through some old towns named after European cities. We were heading to Graskop and passed through Belfast, Lydenberg and a few other towns.
Robbers Pass, a scenic stretch was one of the few highlights along the way. We stopped at Pilgrims Rest for a few minutes and roamed around the old town. Most of the town has been maintained in its original state.
In Graskop we had booked ourselves in Mogodi Lodge ( www.mogodilodge.co.za ). Mogodi is well known for their giant swing that drops 68m into the Graskop gorge. Mogodi lodge is also situated about 8 km from the Pinnacle, Gods window and the panorama. (top tourist sites in the region)
About 30-50 kilometers from Graskop is the Blyde River Canyon. This reserve highlights The Three Rondavels, the potholes and the Canyon itself. It’s always compelling to stop at the waterfalls along the way, even simply to look at the hand made curios.
The next afternoon we left for Kruger National Park (www.krugerpark.co.za ), and spent the night at Berg en Dal camp.
Our first safari was at 5.00 the following morning. It was exciting driving around in an open vehicle among wild animals that were not in cages. The sunrise was spectacular, and although we missed seeing a leopard by a few minutes the experience was awesome.
After the Safari we packed up and drove to the main camp called Skukuza. It was about 50 plus kilometers from Berg en Dal. It took us about 2 hours to get there stopping along the way for a heard of elephants and wild buffalo’s to cross. Latter we took the evening safari. It was not as exciting as the morning one but we did see a few animals ready for bed. latter we simply sat in the dark for a few minutes listening to different sounds of the African night.
The next morning after a relaxing breakfast we stopped at the Curio shop inside Skukuza camp and left for Pretoria.
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