Saturday, 18th August DAY 1

Kruger Park – Caravanning with Mary, Renette and myself  4 Nights Bergendal, 4 nights Pretoriuskop and 7 nights Skukuza

Moving to Simbithi presented us with a problem. There was nowhere for us to store our caravan. Angel Mary (my sister) at Salt Rock came to the rescue and offered to store it in her garden – to which I readily agreed on condition that we take her to her beloved Kruger at least once a year. Well, this trip is payback time so without too much coaxing we arrange this trip.

We set off after 5am from Salt Rock and travel through incessant rain all the way. In fact the wipers are only switched off for a short time in northern Swaziland. All goes well until we hit the Siteki road where the wheels almost literally come off. The road has now been abandoned completely and trying to navigate the potholes with a caravan in tow is a nerve wracking time. With the road to the north now also potholed this is now going to take some serious rethinking. Siteki is now definitely out for the future and so may be Swaziland.

After nine hours we finally reach Malelane not a little flustered. The Park, as to be expected, is very dry. Along the Bergendal road we see some vultures on a far hillside and later I hear this is another poached rhino victim. 1Km from camp, a jam of cars signals a lion sighting but with the caravan behind, I am only interested in getting past. We fortunately find a excellent campsite and before dark we are settled in with Mary set up comfortably in her tent. All set for the morrow.