Along came the 1st of May, and we had another long drive southwards from Orpen to Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, in the far south-west corner of the Kruger National Park. The three nights we’d spend at Berg-en-Dal would conclude our autumn visit to the Park, and though the thought that our time in Kruger was coming to an end weighed heavy on our minds, we were looking forward to finding out what was still lying in wait for us.
As expected, we had wonderful sightings along the way and we enjoyed a nice lunch with good friends at the Skukuza Golf Club.
We’ll dedicate a special post to Berg-en-Dal soon, but wanted to include some photos of the camp and our accommodation (Wielewaal Cottage, #26) as a little appetiser.
Apart from the wonderful array of wildlife in the Berg-en-Dal area, it is one of the most scenic parts of the Kruger Park.
Taking a morning drive to the Biyamiti weir turned out to be one of our most enjoyable drives of the trip.
How Marilize managed to spot this boomslang at a distance of about 50 metres still has me amazed!
In camp, the Rhino Trail offers up close-and-personal encounters with a variety of wildlife; big and small, furry and feathery.
Time for one final afternoon drive:
And as it often does, Kruger keeps the best for last. Heading back to camp on our final afternoon, with the sun almost at the horizon, we come across a pack of wild dogs in the road, one of them heavily pregnant. These are among Africa’s rarest animals, and it was indeed a very special treat to have such a close encounter with these top predators.
It was the morning of the 4th of May and our autumn 2014 visit to the Kruger National Park has come to an end.
On the way to Malelane Gate we had a splendid sighting of more hyenas in the very early morning.
Eight nights of serene peace and quiet flew past in the wink of an eye. And of course we’re counting the days till we return!