A group of us recently spent a holiday in the Kruger National Park. After a few days at Letaba we moved to Skukuza where, although the park was almost full to bursting, we managed to find a site to fit all nine of us – and we formed a laager.
Our set-ups ranged from a top-of-the-range Afrispoor Cheeta off-road caravan (with every conceivable convenience), to a simple pop-up tent with air mattresses. We fell somewhere in-between with our Skipper Oyster.
Evening meals were generally shared, as were washing up chores, with the tenting folk using any washing up bowl available.
On the Saturday evening, along with everyone else in the park, we lit our braai fires and sat around with a glass of wine in hand, in utter contentment.
Nearby, children were running around having the time of their lives and making happy memories.
Some folks were making their way to the ablutions for their evening showers, others were just strolling around checking to see what the latest offerings on the camping scene were, and just getting ideas.
I have to say, it was probably as close as I will ever get to heaven on earth, on a budget!
I saw the same blissful look of quiet happiness on each of our friends’ faces as I looked at them, all lit up by the leaping flames of the braai fire.
I can only say a huge thank you for our National Parks, but especially for Kruger.
Thank you also for a lovely magazine.
Katy & Barry Swaddle