Our 2006 Vacation in Southern Africa
Pictures from Johannesburg and its environs
Lesotho and the Drakensberg
Our first base in Lesotho was Malealea Lodge, from where we went on a four-day trek through the mountains. During the day we walked up and down 3000-metre passes and at night we stayed in thatched huts in roadless Basotho villages. Horses carried most of our equipment and we carried day packs.
Pictures from Malealea and the trek
After the trek we spent a long day driving across the entire width of Lesotho, ending up at the Sani Top Chalet, whose chief claim to fame is that it is the highest pub in Southern Africa. We spent a day there, then drove down the notorious Sani Pass into South Africa, where we spent a few days hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Pictures from Lesotho and Sani Pass
Pictures from the Drakensberg Mountains
And now for something completely different. The tour was over and we were on our own in a rental car. First we spent six days driving around Kruger National Park looking for wildlife. There was plenty of that there: it is traditional to look for the Big Five, which are Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Rhinoceros. And we found all of them, within a 24-hour period. But besides them we saw smaller mammals like hyenas and mongooses, and 106 species of birds.
Pictures from Kruger Park
Pictures of mammals in Kruger Park
Pictures of birds in Kruger Park
Pictures of other creatures in Kruger Park
Blyde River Canyon
We went for a drive to see the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. We based ourselves for two nights at Trackers Mountain Lodge near Hoedspruit, and spent a full day driving a large loop past all of the canyon sights.
Pictures from Blyde River Canyon
Swaziland and St. Lucia
While researching South Africa we had got one of those coffee-table picture books out of the library, and for some reason the pictures of the St. Lucia region on the coast of the Indian Ocean attracted our attention. Despite all the reports of there having been years of drought there, and of the rivers and estuary drying up, we decided to put the area on our itinerary. And while we were there, we would drive around the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.
And Swaziland was between the Blyde River and St. Lucia. We didn’t really have any reason why we should go through Swaziland, and there were a few reasons why we shouldn’t, but we decided to go through it because it was there.
Pictures from Swaziland
Pictures from St. Lucia
Pictures from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
Pictures on the way home
Copyright ©2006 by Rosemary and Paul Clapham