South Africa 2012
October 3rd - 16th, 2012
 



October 5th, 2012

Today we would be driving along on fabulous highways, barely with any traffic on them and lined most of the way with shrubs and flowers in glorious colour combinations, looking at stunning scenery like the Three Ronda Wels, Blyde River, Bourkes Luck Potholes and God’s Window on our way to the Kapama Game Reserve.

Gods Window

Situated on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga is God’s Window. Just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called "God's Window".

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon Reserve extends along the Blyde River Canyon's winding path, which at every turn offers more and more impressive views over sheer edges dropping 800m into the riverbed. Blyde means "glad" or "happy" in Dutch, a name derived from a voortrekkers expedition. The 'happy river' was thus named in 1844, when Hendrik Potgieter and others returned safely from Delagoa Bay to the rest of their party of trekkers who had considered them dead. While still under this misapprehension they had named the nearby river where they had been encamped, Treurrivier, or 'mourning river'

We made a stop in Graskop to pick up some goodies to have on hand at the reserve. I took a walk around the area and found gardens and one of them had a reuse/recycle/reduce wine bottle fountain? It was not working so I couldn’t tell… One of the hotels there had the neatest round houses built to use as guest houses.

We reached the reserve and were all taken with its beauty and peacefulness. We had lunch then got ready for our first game drive. There were many animals out at this time of day, even birds and what was so odd as perched up in the tree sitting together, eagle and turkey vulture…I guess not so weird after all as they both like flesh. The elephants took our breath away and also worried us a bit because there were so close – especially mom and 3 year old albino baby…but all they wanted to do was get across the road and find food.

Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama Game Reserve is in Limpopo Province, an area renowned for superb safari vacations. Kapama's 13,000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this appealing African reserve. Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a curve of the Kapama. A small permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge perimeter fence attracting animals like antelopes, elephant and buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle from the warm blue water of the big rim flow swimming pool, or relax in the shade of an umbrella on loungers around the pool.
 

 
 

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