Travel Journal

Blyde River Canyon

(Sunday 17 May 2009) by Dopps Family
Stop – 16-18: Inside Kruger (May 7), Klasserie (May 8-9), Sabie (May 10-11)
After 2 days of game drives into Kruger with a guide and 6 nights of catering with breakfast and dinner at 4 star lodges we hungered for the private humbleness of our meager R600 per night self catering accommodations which actually suit us much better. At Mvuradona Lodge we actually got tired of the same breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried tomato, onions and mushrooms with toast, coffee and juice (all after yogurt, cereal and fruit). They also has a French chef each night training the staff on the “finer” methods of cooking. Although the dinners where tasty they weren’t very appetizing for the children. Nothing beats a good BBQ (or braai in SA) and pancakes in the morning!
Still on the hunts for the elusive Kruger lions we decided to leave early on May 7th and head back into Kruger on a self-drive at 6:00am. I think the lions knew we were coming because we never saw them he entire day or the day after. However, in Marloth Park, which borders Kruger, Carola walked to the fence and happened to spot some agitated impala and a female lion hunting them. She came to get me and we spotted 2 of the other female lions as well – most likely the same 4 lions we saw the day before lying along the river. Ironic that the only time we saw lions in Kruger we actually weren’t in Kruger.
On May 8th, after spending a night at the Skakuza? camp in Kruger, we spent another day on a self-drive further north into Kruger and out the Orphen gate. We drove mostly gravel and dirt roads and stumbled across lots of giraffe walking the roads and some very nice and close-up photo shoots with them. Of all the animals of Africa I think the giraffe is the most exotic.
After leaving Kruger we drove to Klasserie for a place to stay close to the Cheetah Project which we visited on May 9th. The Cheetah Project is a safe-haven for mostly cheetah and the African wild dog, both of which are considered endangered species. They currently have 66 cheetah and have developed a system for successfully breeding and reintroducing cheetah back into the wild.
On May 10th we left Klasserie and drove the scenic route of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyons. Of the 6 main viewpoints and points of interest is God’s Window – a spot along the cliff of one of the mountains that is open on 2 sides and sort of looks like a “window” but not very impressive. However, we overheard a tour guide telling some folks that the reason for the name and why this spot if famous is because of the movie “The Gods Must be Crazy” in which a coke bottle was thrown from a airplane and found by a bushman. Anyways, in the movie he gives up trying to figure out any use of this bottle and decides to return it to the Gods where it came from and treks to the top of the mountain and throws it over the cliff back to the gods. The spot where the bushman threw the bottle over the cliff is named “God’s Window”. Good thing they didn’t charge an entrance fee…
On May 10th and 11th we stayed just outside the town of Sabie at a self-catering lodge (Bananien Lodge). We spent our day on the 11th doing laundry (I really miss our washer and dryer) in the sink and hanging out to dry to take advantage of the sunshine and visiting a high school in Sabie.


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