South Africa has always been a dream destination, a country that I ever wanted to visit. In 2010 I made a trip from Johannesburg along the east coast of South Africa, including a visit to the famous Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park, St Lucia Wetlands and Durban. A fantastic experience with lots of wildlife: impala, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, rhino, hippo and if you're lucky: lion, leopard and cheetah. It is indescribable when you encounter in the wild.
At 6 o'clock the gates open. Is greatly fumigated, but disappeared within five minutes everyone again. The only thing you see is a vast landscape. Everyone looks good around looking for animals, but make no mistake: The Kruger Park covers 20,000 km2, it is as big as half of the Netherlands.
The day flies by, but the guide proved right: At the end of the day it does not slow down when we see an impala. With his open jeep he tears again towards the exit, while the African wind blowing through our hair and the sun warms the land.
Swaziland is really no different than South Africa, maybe a little greener. The inhabitants are certainly less immune to tourists than the South Africans, as there are many waved at the bus. We sleep in a hotel with a view of the mountain where formerly condemned to death were thrown off. A strange feeling.
The next day, the same ritual: two stamps there and we're back in South Africa. Actually we can not wait to go again in a national park.
The park is very different. The Kruger Park is flat and dry, so you can see far. This park is green, hilly and full of green bushes. You can drive here along the most amazing animals and they do not see. Only one animal can not miss here: the white rhinoceros. We also see more of walking. Just like zebras, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests and monkeys. Sometimes the animals are so close that it looks like they have not quite in that there is a car in front of them stands.
We see very few animals that morning, what impala after. Disappointed after four hours we drive back towards the exit. Suddenly excitement anyway. I hope for a lion, but it seem wild dogs. Yet an animal on our list that we have not seen yet. If the guide tells us specifically to spot this animal, we conclude the morning still satisfied off.
During the trip we see a lot more of hippos, but also rare birds and crocodiles.
This may sound like a downer, and that was maybe a little, but what a fantastic trip. A beautiful country with beautiful nature. Recommended!
East coast of South Africa: Kruger Park to St Lucia Wetlands