We booked 3 days at the Berg-en-dal Rest Camp in the Kruger Park. Berg en Dal is one of the newest camps in the Kruger National Park and is situated on the banks of the Matjulu spruit, in the south western corner of the Kruger National Park.
We hired a Hyundai 4WD and we followed the N4 highway from Hartbeespoort to Nelspruit and then entered the Kruger Part through the Malelane Gate. Being “experienced hunters” (both Helder and I) we decided not to book any guided tour.
We knew all that is needed to survive the harsh African Continent . The trip took us 5 hours and we left very earlier despite Ju’s complaints. Kruger Park is situated in the southern lowveld between the Drakensberg escarpment and the Mozambican border.
It is a well maintained park with a network of roads both sealed and unsealed that provides the best chances of spotting the fabulous African wildlife. We visited the park in the best time of the year, after the “queimadas” (bush fires) cleared the undergrowth and the new grass started growing.
We managed to see the “big five” and of the most common animals in Africa we failed only to see the wild dogs and cheetahs. With the fantastic company of our cousins Helder and Ju we had some of the best times for an long time.
Day 1 of the tour was a short one on the park itself but provided lots of excitement when a she-Elephant charged us when we separated her from her baby. It was a close call and we thanked Hyundai for making a car faster than an enraged elephant.
The highlight of Day 2 was the pride of lions having a leadership challenge in the middle of the road. We travelled extensively on day two, reaching the Skukuza rest camp. The wildlife was plentiful and varied. A day not to forget in a hurry.
The third day was our last day at the Kruger Park . The highlight in the Kruger were the pack of Hyenas and the two elephants that came to say goodbye and give us a bit of a scare.
From Kruger we drove north and visited a series of waterfalls, the Blyde River Canyon and The God’s Window. Fabulous country side