Reader Graham Strachan and his family usually spend the school holidays in Kruger National Park. This time, however, they were tempted away by the birdlife of KwaZulu-Natal. For the last 5 years our family has been going to the Kruger National Park every August to coincide with the school holidays. As we leave the park every year we already start planning for the following year in anticipation of the holiday. However, our trip in 2016 was not a happy experience due to the severe drought in Kruger, so we decided not to make a booking for 2017. We all felt
Browsing: South Africa
On a recent caravanning trip to Die Dam with my friend Rob, we decided to put his Landy through its paces on the powdery white sand roads in search of prime fishing spots. I was a bit concerned that the Landy would get scratched by the dense fynbos that encroaches on all the sand roads in the area, but Rob’s nonchalant answer of “It’s only a car,” dispelled my fears. Situated between Gansbaai and Struisbaai (Western Cape), the campsite at Die Dam leads into the Quoin Point Nature Reserve and to some good fishing grounds along the undulating coastline. To
I have now, unofficially, become a new superhero called Captain Stormer. It has nothing to do with the fact that I support the Cape rugby side of the same name, but is because I seem to attract remarkably adverse weather conditions on my assignments for Caravan & Outdoor Life. My recent trip to the Eastern Cape was no different from my previous venture to Victoria Bay (see the March edition of Caravan & Outdoor Life). Day after day was filled with rain. To make matters worse, my tent leaked like a sieve, and the small stream that ran through the
Some 16 years ago, I mooched around the length and breadth of South Africa for three months in a Land Rover Discovery II.
Sometimes you have to just go with the flow. That flow, over four of six days of my trip, was caused by unrelenting rain, and more rain.
Whether you prefer camping next to the river, in the forest, or at the ocean, there’s something for everyone in the Garden Route National Park.
We crossed the electrified animal grid surrounding the chalets and camping site, and turned right to cross a small stream. Our open-sided vehicle was hemmed in by thick riverine bush. Vital Information Number of stands: 20 Electricity: Yes Water: Yes Ablutions: Yes Chalets: Yes Pets allowed: No Day Visitors: There are a few picnic sites in the park. Visit the SANParks website for booking information. “Cat!” shouted one of my companions, Bernd Timm from Berlin. “Impossible,” I thought. But, there on our right, we caught a glimpse of sleek spotted animals as they melted into the surrounding bush. Only five
Our editorial team headed to Quaggaskloof Dam near Worcester with everything one needs for a weekend getaway filled with camping, watersport and some rugged driving. SUP By Martin Coetzee The popularity of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has shot through the roof in recent years. So, when we got the opportunity to test a few inflatable boards from the market-leading Red Paddle Co, we jumped on it. Paddling these boards is fun, and really not as difficult as it looks. It’s rather a matter of choosing the right board for you. In the beginning, stability is definitely your friend – the longer
Angus Barnard’s bi-annual stay in the Kruger National Park in May for five weeks was one he’ll never forget, for many reasons. We rose early in our home in Port Alfred and moved the Romany into the street from the garage − a relatively easy matter, thanks to our caravan-mover. I then drove my X-trail and parked it in front of the caravan. After loading the caravan with the remaining items from the house, we were ready to go… only to find that the battery in the car would not respond. It was 4.30 a.m., so my wife and I
The popular tourist destination of Sabie lies about four hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This forestry town on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga is very well known among caravanners as it is only 64 km from the Kruger National Park.