Kev and Charlene are members of the holiday club. For the easter
weekend, they decided they were going to stay at the Hazyview river
bungalows. They invited us along as they booked an 8 seater bungalow.
Unfortunately, John could not come as he had to work :-(
The reservation week runs from Friday to Friday which
was perfect as it allowed us to drive down on the Friday and not in
the Thursday Easter rush.
On the day of our return, I decided to head to Kruger
park, take a drive through to Crocodile Bridge and then drive home.
My thoughts were that we would exit Crock Bridge at about 12h00 and
be home in time for dinner. Ha ha, fat chance. In the end we exited
at about 17h00 and drove into the night, getting home at 10ish. Oh
boy, was Kevin oh so lucky. Lindsay Hayleigh and I had the next day
off. Kevin did not. If Kevin had just muttered a word about staying,
we would have booked in for one night!!!!!!!!
Read about the Kruger drive near the bottom.
Anyway, read below for more commentary: -
this is Hazyview Bungalows. Lindsay and I stayed here over
20 years ago!!! My, how things have changed. The resort
is very nice, however, in the olden days, the cabins were
all along the river. There are still some of these, however,
most of them are set back now and are probably additions.
The pool was lovely
and the family did spend some time in them.
The top left photo
is the shop and restaurant. On our arrival, we had a lekker
cup of tea and a super sweeeeeeet cake.
On the one night,
the resort put on a braai for everyone including Pap and
gravy. All we needed to do was bring our drinks and meat.
Say no more.
Top left photo is me getting some hot coals to add to our
Top right is Charlene, Hayleigh and Kevin, tending to said
Bottom photo is Colin (Charlene's eldest) and Vanessa
||On one of the evenings,
we went down to the pools for a braai. This was right next
to the pools.
|Colin and Vanessa
This here is Pilgrims
rest. At the time we were last at Hazyview bungalows, Lindsay
and I went to Pilgrims rest and spent some time in the Grave
yard. We decided to do the same this time and Hayleigh was
It is amazing to see how young some of these fellows were
when they died. I think the flu and in particular, Malaria,
were the main problems.
Top 3 photos is the grave yard.
Here are some photos over Pilgrims rest.
The photo on the left is where the mine was and shows all
the excavation that was done.
The Donkeys and cart were for rent for a quick ride through
town. Looked like fun but we did not oblige.
While in Pilgrims rest, we paid this little Coffee shop
a visit. What a lovely time we had and excellent food.
Here we have pinky and perky
This was a view from the road as were returning to Hazyview.
Not visible but over the hills was Pilgrims rest
This is the view
from God's window. An absolutely stunning view. Unfortunately,
as you can see, it was quite misty.
Left photo is Kevin descending the mountain while watching
a parasail skirting along the edge of the escarpment. The
guys were having loads of fun.
The photo on the right, Vanessa, Hayleigh, Mark and Colin
Kevin and Charlene at the bottom near the car park
As mentioned above,
we headed home via Kruger. Mad??? Yes, but I am glad we
did it. Actually extatic.
We entered via the Pambeni gate and took the ... to Skukuza.
Boy, was I impressed with this camp. Yes, it is big and
busy, however very nice with actualy very nice camping sites.
The photos from top to bottom, left to right are: -
The resturant area at Skukuza. The Bats on the right were
in one of the dining areas shown in the top left photo
Photos directly left is a deck overlooking the Sabie river.
Photos showing the Sabie river outside of Skukuza.
Here were some Elephants browsing across the river from
There is a lovely day visitors area about 3 km's down the
road from Skukuza. They have purposely separated it from
Skukuza to keep the visitor numbers in Skukuza down during
Top right was a group of Warthogs we met in the way down
to the day visitor area.
The day visitor area was awesome with a pool, eating and
braai areas. All very nicely nestled in the bush with lots
While we were crossing over the Sabie river on the way
to Nkhulu picnic spot, we saw this Pied Kingfisher parking
on the guide rails.
I slowly glided up to him (or her) and snapped these photos.
It is amazing to see these guys constantly looking around
for their next dinner.
This is Nkhulu picnic
spot. Arguably one of my best picnic spots.
It is nestled along the banks of the Sabie river and has
many braai areas. We literally popped in for a cup of Coffee
and to just sit and enjoy.
It is a real curse to have to leave each time.
These are photos
between Nkulu picnic spot and Lower Sabie rest camp.
This was a tiny elephant we saw down one of the many side
roads next to the river. He did a cheeky little mock charge
at us and was quite cute. However, when the car did not
move, he quickly headed for the trees and pretended he was
The bottom right and very bottom were mom. Now is she decided
to come at us, I think I would have made a bee line ;-)
||There is a dam just
outside Lower Sabie. We saw this Legawane taking a hike down
the edge looking for food.
Here we have Lower Sabie rest camp. This is also a lovely
camp. Top Left photo is where we had a lovely meal while
watching Hippo's basking in the photo on the top right.
Bottom left is looking out to a bridge crossing the Lower
Bottom right is a photo from the Bridge looking to the
restaurant at Lower Sabie where we took the above photos
On the way from Lower Sabie to Crocodile Bridge, we came
across two heard's of Buffalo's. Each heard was in the region
of 80 to 100.
This was certainly amazing and exciting at the same time.
We rarely see Buffalo's in these numbers when at Burg en
At one stage, we got caught on the road with Buffalos all
around us. Noting happened but it certainly gets the heart
This was just before
Crock bridge where we saw some more Elies down near a dam.
It was not 200 meters up the road where there was 3 lions
lying in the grass some way away from the road. Again, a
bit too far for a decent photo
This is the exit
from Kruger at Crocodile Bridge.
Time was 16:49:01
The road home was long and into the dark night. As I said,
we nearly stayed over for the night. Kevin was very lucky
Till next time keep well, travel safe and enjoy.