Kruger 2016.2

Krismis Kruger Days 2 and 3

It’s raining in Johannesburg on Christmas. We need the water, only Grinches will complain.

The trip from Bloemfontein was uneventful, the GPS had its own ideas once or twice so we ended up seeing bits of Henley on Klip — looks like quite a nice little place.

Lunch at the Sandton Sun today, Moscow Circus at Monte tomorrow, and then we hit the road towards Kruger on Tuesday.

Krismis Kruger Day 1

Left Fish Hoek 0600-ish. Stopped frequently to check the teardrop wheelnuts, which were loose when I collected it from Bellville and worked loose again between Bellville and Fish Hoek. So I tightened them down well and marked them and so far so good.


Stopped at the Caltex in Richmond for fuel. I figured I’d make Colesburg but didn’t want to take the chance and good thing too, because when we got to the Caltex at Colesburg (where we were anticipating a good late lunch) there was a chain across the gate and a sign saying “closed until 2017” so we drove on – you know the story -and found an excellent little farm stall place (Meerkat Valley a.k.a. Kuilfontein Farm Stall) outside Springfontein.


The owner must be some kind of a radiohead because they have this Pioneer SM-Q300B (Interesting to me because I have an FM-B101 in storage — different radio but very similar looks). Also an Akai M-8… wonder if it’s potentially for sale…

Got to Reyneke park and they’re half empty. Over Christmas. This was… unexpected (I didn’t expect to get a campsite when I asked a month or so back, thought I’d been lucky to get it). Anyway. Half empty. So Tanya upgraded us to a chalet because aircon (It’s 37 out there and muggy).


Nicely designed, just like the ablution blocks that impressed us last time. There’s an interconnecting door so you can also rent two connected chalets for a big party.


Not quite what I envisaged when I built the teardrop,



Kruger, again

What can I say, we like it there.

  • Friday 23 December. Depart Fish Hoek 0600, sleep over in Bloemfontein at Reyneke Park.
  • Saturday 24 December: Bloemfontein to Boksburg, easy trip.
  • Sunday 25 December: Boksburg
  • Monday 26 December: Boksburg
  • Tuesday 27 December: Depart Boksburg, 4 hours 20 to Hazyview via Dullstroom and Sabie — where there will be stops.
  • Wednesday 28 December: Depart Hazyview 0500 (gates open at 0530), head on up to Satara, one night in a CK6P (camping with power), two nights CK6 (camping, no power). Hey, this is all that was left in September when I made the bookings.
  • Saturday 31 December: Move to Skukuza, three nights.
  • Tuesday 3 January: Move to Berg-en-Dal, three nights.
  • Friday 6 January: Pull up stakes, head south, maybe via the toy store in Witbank.