Swadini Reflections

We spent the better part of today exploring the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve around Swadini, and came across this beautifully reflective pool along one of the walking trails. Tomorrow we’re heading back home to Pretoria after nine days exploring the north-east corner of South Africa. We plan to publish several posts about the places […]

Blyde Canyon – Swadini (19/02/2014)

Today we moved westwards, out of the Kruger National Park and into the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in the Drakensberg mountain range, on the border of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. While exploring this scenic area we’ll be basing ourselves at the Forever Swadini Resort, located at the foot of a spectacular rock face.

Wild Places Featured

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Nyathi Rest Camp AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK AUGRABIES FALLS NATIONAL PARK AUSTIN ROBERTS MEMORIAL BIRD SANCTUARY BLYDE RIVER CANYON NATURE RESERVE Bourke’s Luck Potholes Forever Resort Blyde Canyon Forever Resort Swadini BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK CAMDEBOO NATIONAL PARK CHELMSFORD NATURE RESERVE DINOKENG GAME RESERVE DLINZA FOREST NATURE RESERVE DULLSTROOM BIRD OF PREY and […]

Bushbuck

Tragelaphus scriptus As its name suggests, the bushbuck is a denizen of densely vegetated habitats, ranging from riverine woodland and thickets in mountain valleys to the deepest jungles of tropical Africa. They live mostly solitary lives, or in small and very unstable groups of ewes and lambs, and often associate with baboons and monkeys to take […]

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, February 2014

The Blyde River Canyon in the Lowveld of South Africa s the world’s third biggest canyon, and one of our country’s most diverse and scenically spectacular conservation areas. We had the pleasure of spending four nights at Forever’s Swadini Resort during our recent visit to this beautiful area. The resort has all the amenities you’d […]

Just another day in the Kruger…

… as if there’s such a thing! While touring the Lowveld in February, we concluded our trip with a stay at Swadini in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve – more on the time we spent there in an upcoming edition of de Wets Wild. Having first explored the Pafuri area in the far north […]

Letaba, February 2014

Following our explorations of the paradise that is Pafuri, in the far north of the Kruger National Park, we headed towards the central regions of the Park, for a two-night stay at Letaba Rest Camp. It’s a long drive down from Pafuri to Letaba and, at game viewing speeds with regular stops for photographs and […]

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

We visited the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre today, very near the Swadini resort where we are staying. They offer a guided tour of their facilities, enabling close-up encounters with a variety of raptors, predators and other wildlife. Visit their website to learn about the wonderful work they do to assist orphaned, injured and poisoned wildlife, and, […]

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, March 2013

Back to the largest green canyon on earth We headed for the Blyde River Canyon again over Easter 2013 and had a most enjoyable time, as always, being out in nature. In June 2012, we based ourselves at Forever’s Swadini Resort in the lowveld portion of this beautiful nature reserve, and so this time around […]

Kruger Park Day Visit: 11 June 2012

“Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba…” With the soundtrack to Disney’s animated movie “The Lion King” spurring us on, we’re heading through the dark to reach the Orpen Gate as soon as it opens. While we’re staying at Forever Resorts Swadini there’s no way we can be this close to the Kruger National Park and not make […]