A mere 50 minute flight from OR Tambo International, or just on a five hour drive, to Kruger Park Lodge, Hazyview, Mpumulanga, transports you from the concrete jungle of Johannesburg to a wild spot that simply takes your breath away.
The bush creates its own life and love. We love wild animals. To see them in their natural habitat is to set your heart on fire with the excitement of their beauty, whether it be the majestic lion, or the snorting hippo, their very being is sacred. The wild animal is truly unique, and needs to be preserved.
I had never been to Kruger Park Lodge, I swopped my timeshare, and off we went to explore. The lodge and its surrounds are beautiful, with Impala, monkeys and baboons roaming around, a massive dam which lets at least seven to eight hippo flip flop and splash – oh yes and snort and blow.
A 20 minute drive from Kruger National Park where the game drives will take you to the edge of your mind space – and camera lens ! This vast national park lures tourists from around the world, not just the locals due to its wildness and preservation of wild animals.
Yes, it has constant poaching issues, and when you witness the beauty of this wilderness, you will become incensed at what poaching is doing to the various tribes, groups, squads and herds of various wildlife and their young.
The lodge itself is exceptionally comfortable and well cared for, with a restaurant for those who do not wish to self-cater every day and a welcome cool swimming pool. Great, and very safe walks, around the lodge grounds fill your lungs with the smell of the bush.
It is the scent of the bush that is Africa, the African soil that captures your senses.
South Africa’s national parks will never leave your mind nor your vision – it is a lifetime of imagination crammed into a stay that you never forget.