An all time family favourite.
This is one of those places that is indelibly South African along with Bioscope, Braais, Sunny Sky’s and Chutney. The Kruger as it is fondly known, left to us as part of the legacy of “Oom Paul Kruger”,one of the largest reserves in Africa it is situated in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, spanning in excess of 19000 square kilometers.
The headquarters are situated in Skukuza and various camps and gates allow one access to the park. To the north are our neighbours in Zimbabwe and to the east Mozambique. It all comes together at Crooks corner a spot in the north on the Limpopo near Pafuri where it is said that smugglers used to move the border posts (literally) depending on who was chasing them in days gone by.
The Kruger is a veritable paradise for lovers of fauna and flora as well as photographers and bird watchers, walking and 4×4 trails abound, the most notable being the well known Lebombo Trail which traverses the park from Crocodile Bridge to Pafuri all in all in excess of 500 km which allows one the opportunity to camp in the park and interact with nature in a unique way – best memories of the trail being sundowners at Langtoon Dam and brunch “chopped bacon and scrambled eggs done in a skottel” – stopping wherever you want to.
Then there were the childhood visits, either sleeping in the park or rising early to be at a gate by 0600 to enter. And the food, none of those restaurant takeaways, real padkos ,”soggy” cheese and tomato sandwiches, coffee in a flask ,meatballs ( rissoles) ,pork sausage and boiled eggs.
Then the checklists and the inevitable rush to get out or to a camp on time before the gates close. Then comes the planning of the next visit, the Kruger or KNP as it is affectionately known is part of our heritage and one I hope will be enjoyed for many future generations