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Kruger National Park

We started our trip in Amsterdam  in may 2008 and left for a short flight from Schiphol Amsterdam to Paris Charles de Gaulle, France. After a short stop and meeting our fellow travelers we got on to our plane that took us in 10.5 hours to the OR Tambo International Airport, of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Arriving here it was cold, about 9 degrees Celcius. We didin't came to south africa for that cold weather. But an hour later when we did our first stop in Pretoria the temperature was already a comfy 17 degrees celcius and rising. We stopt at the 'voortrekkersmonument'  from Pretoria a pretty historic place with a lot of history.

(INFO- wikipedia):

The Voortrekker Monument is a monument situated in the city of Pretoria, South Africa.

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The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers (Pioneers)[1] who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the ideal to design a "monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants"[2].
Yep an empty snackbox
It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on a hilltop.

From here we went for a lunch (hamburger and beer). Well it seems hamburgers are the same all over the world even in Africa big and teasy!!! In the meanwhile the sun was warming us up to a good 21 degrees celcius. After visiting some nice landmarks we arrived at our hotel in Pretoria. The part of the city the hotel was in was not the best part, the advise from our tourleader was not to leave the hotel after sunset. So we didn't!! We had a good meal, a couple of beers and went to bed!!!

The days following we, stayed at Ohrigstad, Pilgremsrest and krugerpark. We stayed a full 2 days in krugerpark and slept at KNP Skukuza. A gaming lodge in the middle of krugerpark. It was really nice, with a nice swimmingpool and a campstore. Every lodge had it's own 'braai' (BBQ) We just used it to make a fire too warm up because it gets cold at night.

The Gamedrive we had in Kruger was really great, we were already there at 6 o clock in the morning and brrrr it was freesing, good i brought a jacket too wear.

After a hour the sun came up and i got warmer. The animal from the big 5 we saw was the rino, boy they are big from a close distance. But great to see them. The whole day in the park we saw all of the big five in the park, the lions were ofcourse the best to see, they just walk 5 feet from our car (wich was open!!) very cool.

From South Africa we went for 2 days into the Kongdom of Swaziland right next door.

(INFO - Wikipedia)

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered to the north, south, and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. The nation, as well as its people, are named after the 19th century king Mswati II.

Kruger in the early morning

After a short custom check we went to the main capital called Mbabane. We really had nice hotel here called the Logogo sun hotel (see review!). We left the Swaziland in the south and arrived in the province of Kwazhulu Nathal. Were we stopped at the Hluhluwe Wildpark reserve. Here we had another gamedrive. From here we went to the St Lucia a nice backpackers town at the coast of South Africa, in summer lots of tourist visit this place. In St Lucia we took a boat trip down the river and wachted the crocs laying at the shore of the river. Also a large number of hippos were in the water. They are even more dangoures than a crocodille. The kill al lot of people avery year in Africa.

After staying in a nice hotel in St'lucia we drove back north towards the 'drakensgebergte' after stopping for 1 night in Durban a middle large city at the coast of South Africa. We didn't liked it at all!! The same advise here not leave your hotel at night. De good thing was we visited a nice see aquarium in the city centre.

3 rondavels
At the drakensgebergte we slept at Aphine Heath resort. A damn fine and luxury resort (more info see our review about it). We stayed here for 2 nights.

The last day of our trip we drove back towards johannesburg. Before we went to the airport we stopped for a couple of hours at the Nelson mandela chopping mall. It was a really big mall at the edge of the city. To bad the stores closed pretty early ( at 6) and the bus picked us up at 8, to go to the airport. So what else to do than drink BEER!!! Arriving at the airport everything went pretty fast untill in the plane. The guy which controlls the walkingbridge to the plane smached the left engine of the plane, which resulted in a 25 hour delay!! See our review about it!!! They had to fly in  a KLM plane from Amsterdam to take us home.
So 25 hours later we arrived with KLM at Amsterdam airport!! It was a great holiday and saw a lot of cool things, but Africe will never be our top 1 holiday destination.
South Africa was a great country to get up and close with wildlife. Stay out of the city's because each day you spend time in them you miss the extraordinary nature of South Africa and second the citys are pretty dangerous also so watch out were you going at night. HAVE FUN!!!!

gimpel says:
ziet er goed uit daar,de volgende keer als ik er ben neem ik even de tijd om al dat moois te aanschouwen.
Posted on: Feb 17, 2009
Flyinhigh says:
Wow, what a spectacular trip. I can't wait to go to South Africa!!
Posted on: Feb 14, 2009
missandrea81 says:
Amazing pictures guys! Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Housekeeping
Housekeeping
Yep an empty snackbox
Yep an empty snackbox
Kruger in the early morning
Kruger in the early morning
3 rondavels
3 rondavels
Wild buffalo at kruger
Wild buffalo at kruger
Zebras at kruger
Zebra's at kruger
Here he comes!!!
Here he comes!!!
Hungry!!!
Hungry!!!
Or is there still food in???
Or is there still food in???
Elifant crossing our path
Elifant crossing our path
The look great in the wild!!
The look great in the wild!!
The first African meal!!
The first African meal!!
Jasmyn
Jasmyn
Hannah lodge
Hannah lodge
Hannah lodge
Hannah lodge
Housekeeping siging farwell
Housekeeping siging farwell
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Rhino at Kruger NAtional Park
Rhino at Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Kruger NAtional Park
Dennis at the three rondavels
Dennis at the three 'rondavels'
White river lodge
White river lodge
Jasmyn at the indian ocean
Jasmyn at the indian ocean
Aquarium
Aquarium
Our last hotel!! Very nice
Our last hotel!! Very nice
PIZZA!!!!
PIZZA!!!!
Voortrekkersmonument
Voortrekkersmonument
Sitting at the campfire
Sitting at the campfire
Gods window?
Gods window?
food again!
food again!
Jasmyn at the border with South Af…
Jasmyn at the border with South A…
Warming up
Warming up
A wedding
A wedding
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