Day one and two of our caravanning trip to The Kruger National Park is posted on Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Monday, 11 November 2019
We left Willowmore Caravan Park at 6:15 this morning. Our first stop was Graaff Reinet where we had breakfast at The Blue Magnolia. What a lovely stopping place this is. There is space to park the caravan in the one-way street and it is safe. The Blue Magnolia is a nursery and you can sit outdoors on a good day. This morning was still a bit chilly so we sat inside and ordered eggs and bacon. It came with mushrooms, cheese grillers and tomato.
There were no problems on the road to Gariep and we arrived at 12:15. We have a lovely shady site with a view of the dam. The dam is very low at the moment and there is a desperate need for rain in the area.
It is pretty hot here. After settling in we went for a swim. There is a lovely recreation area with a big pool as well as tennis, volleyball and netball courts. There is also a kiosk where you can get drinks and snacks.
On our way back we crossed a grassy patch where a crowned lapwing began looking nervous and making warning noises. Then I noticed why – there were chicks. Mom and Dad were desperately trying to distract our attention away from the babies – four in all.
The birdlife was quite active and I got a few lovely photographs.
At one stage during the afternoon the wind became quite gusty. The Earl decided to move to a more sheltered spot so that we could braai safely. I stayed in the caravan while he towed it a short distance to the new spot. It was scary!
The wind dropped completely in the evening and as the light faded the views became more spectacular. The moon was awesome.