After a quick stop at Tshokwane – we didn’t hang around as the shop & restaurant were still closed – we continued on our journey north.

Buffalo

We couldn’t get over the greenness of Kruger National Park in Summer.  We usually visit in July/August when everything is bleak and bare and dusty. Even the elephants are grey and dusty in Winter.

African Elephant

We were both having trouble keeping our eyes open, still very tired from travelling and all the drama before that. Just before I fell asleep on the steering wheel, we spotted a pair of lions in the bush. Well actually we first saw the mini traffic jam and then spotted the lions causing it. Anyway, it woke us up again and we made it to Satara.

I don’t know whose idea it was to open the Coffee bars at Skukuza and Satara, but he/she deserves a statue. Right there on the Satara grass. After a life-saving cappuccino (and a toasted sandwich) we hit the road again. The plan was to have lunch at Letaba and then drive the last bit to Mopani.

We spotted a group of ostriches on the way. We didn’t see much, because we were now travelling during the hottest part of the day. When we arrived at Olifants River Bridge, we got out of the car to stretch our legs and almost got wacked off our feet by the heat. It must have been at least 10℃ hotter than in Satara. We enjoyed the view and the hot wind for a bit and then set off to Letaba where lunch was waiting.

Letaba restaurant

Squirrel at Letaba

This little guy was having lunch too. It was great to be back in Letaba and enjoy the wonderful view at the restaurant.  We felt almost human after our meal and were ready to drive the last stretch so we could collapse at our Mopani bungalow.

 Braai Mopani

Which was exactly what we did after braai & beer 😉

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