Friday, April 9, 2010
Shingwedzi Trip - 27 March to 4 April 2010
Day One We were up at 05:00, grabbed a cup of tea, packed the last things into the dream machine, took a quick shower and hit the road at 06:50. As you would all remember it was overcast but warm. Our first destination was Polokwane (Pietersburg).
And so we continued with peace of mind.
This photo was taken on the R519 between Crecy and Roedtan - a pantechnicon of vehicles bound for who knows where? It was the only vehicle we had seen since leaving Polokwane.
As we were going along it turned out that the group had already moved on and were two hours ahead of us. Foot on the accelerator and head to the wind, we shot off to the designated meeting place just off the road to Punda Maria where we arrived at 14:00, all hot and sweaty with no sign of any relief whatsoever.
The scenery was vastly different to what we had traversed and the atmosphere quite different.
The sound of nature filled the air and one could not but feel the peace of a world that was created for us to share and be one with. As our Creator intended.
We heated up our chicken soup (despite the heat) and had it with fresh breadrolls. Lekker!!
And slept SO well!
We slept with every single window open, including the skylights. The air was breathless and damp. We discarded our sleeping bags and used sheets instead - thank goodness!
Day Two: The Call of the Fish Eagle We woke up at 06:50 and still no water, therefore no loo, equals Dug, paper and lighter.
(I have explained previously that Dug is a good old foldup spade, which eventually becomes your best friend in these situations)
Gordon and I each washed in about a cup of water from our supply - what more do you need when you're not even dirty? Yet.
Breakfast tea, biscuits, muesli and yoghurts.
I wrote today's entry while Gordon read yesterday's news.
We then went on hot, and I mean hot and sweaty, pursuit for Worldsview where one has a panoramic view of the Makuya Park
Alas we didn't find it - just kept missing it, it seems, but we had found ourselves a very nice spot down by the Levubu River.
Shaded, tranquil and the ever welcome call of the Fish Eagle.
Here we sat and had our lunch and tea and read relaxingly.
At 15:00, when we left, it was 37 degrees celcius!
Supper consisted of marinated vegetable sosaties and couscous. Yummy.
Sound and snug snores befell the camp. Nothing, not even a moth moved. All the world was still.
Here is a collection of Baobab trees. They are absolutely everywhere in this area and vary in shape and size.
Day Three: We were up 05:45. Kettle on, tea, breakfast. Tent down, wash dishes, pack up - D R I Z Z L E - R A I N - Ha! The Shongololos were right!
Just when a new place starts feeling like home it's time to go. Oh well, perhaps we can stay longer another time.
Today we had a long drive ahead of us with a lot of ground to cover.
At 10:00 we crossed the Levubu River.
And reached the Pafuri Gate to enter the Kruger National Park at 10:20.