Kruger National Game Park
Punda Maria Travel Blog› entry 6 of 11 › view all entries
August 17th, 2007 – by: ride4jesus
Arrived at the park with plenty of time to spare for a drive through the north part. I didnt stop at Punda Maria because I figured I had plenty of time to drive around and get back to the camp before the gates closed. So I headed south down the main road to the Shinqwedzi Restcamp. This was about 65K from the enterence but at 50 kph (and because you are looking for animals you drive much slower). The drive was incredible... Elephant, Zebra, Vulture, African Eagle, Yellow Hornbill, Africa Eagle Owl, Nyala Antelope, Kudu, Impala, Meerkat, etc.
Leaving Shingwedzi, I followed the dry Shingwedzi River Bed back to the main road. Along the river bed there were elephant everywhere! Oh my, just lazily walking up the river bed, stopping to grab a bite to eat and moving one some more. It is hard to believe that this sandy area is a thriving, rushing river during the rainy season. I bet it is beautiful when full of water!
But, I had to head back to Punda Maria because it was getting late and the gate to the camp closes at 6:00 PM.
The name of the rest camp was given in 1919 by the first ranger to be posted to the area, Captain JJ Coetser.
Anyway... enough of the history lesson. Once I arrived back at Punda Maria Restcamp it was time to check in and get to my room. I had a surprise coming to me... I wasnt getting a room... I was getting a tent! It was one of seven luxurious safari tents, equipped with every creature comfort.
The night was brisk and the fire outside for cooking was nice to have. There was no heat in the tent but the blankets did a wonderful job of keeping me warm. This day was an incredible day... full of adventure, surprises and fun. One definitely for the memory books.
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