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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Kruger Holiday 2018 1 of 3 - Phalaborwa to Punda Maria

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature
Alex Enjoying the view after a 4km trek to the mouth of the Lanner Gorge in Kruger National Park

Going on holiday to the Kruger National Park without a camera is a sin. But then this holiday we all decided to take the bare minimum and focus our holiday more about the venues, the walks, and the small stuff. The small stuff that make up the big stuff - we found pleasure in everything but the animals. We of course LOVED seeing the animals, but they were not our main focus. We saw the big 5 and more, and it was truly an amazing experience for the whole family.




Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild,
Driving around in Hans Merensky Club, Phalaborwa

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate
Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa Gate

What made it even more fun was the Volkswagen bus that we rented. The space, automatic gearbox, tinted windows (a must for Africa!) and a decent air-con was shear driving pleasure and fun for the whole family.

First we stopped over in Phalaborwa to visit some friends and old familiar places, then 2 days later the big drive up to Punda Maria Rest Camp, Limpopo, South Africa. En route we stopped at Shingwedzi camp - Kruger National Park for a break and a snack.

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Baobab Tree
One of the many magnificent and icon African Trees, the majestic Baobab

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Scops Owl, Tsendze Rustic Camp
A scops owl resting in a tree at Tsendze Rustic Camp near Mooiplaas Picnic site.  Thank you Rodgerth for showing us your amazing owls.

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Shingwedzi Camp Gate
Shingwedzi Camp Gate

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Maroela Tree, Mahoni Loop
A Beautiful maroela tree on the Mahone Loop around Punda Maria

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Buffalo,
Buffalo cooling off in the Levuvhu River

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Mopani Camp Gate,
Mopani Camp Gate

Pioneer Dam, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate
Consider Stopping over at Mopani Camp for a view of their beautiful Pioneer dam and iconic resident baobab 

Finally upon our arrival at Punda Maria Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, the swimming pool could not be found soon enough. The oldest rest camp in Kruger national park, and still true to form, in style as it was originally built, yet inside our bungalow it was modern and spacious. We drove to Pafuri to visit the legendary Crook's Corner and enjoyed a special bush walk in the Lanner Gorge and the Levuvhu River.

Punda Maria Camp, Punda Maria Bungalow, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate
Punda Maria Camp Bungalow

Klopperfontein Dam, African Elephants swimming, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate
Elephants loving the water at Klopperfontein Dam in Kruger

Punda Maria Camp Swimming Pool, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate
Punda Maria Camp Swimming Pool

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge
Driving to the start of our bush walk in the Lanner Gorge

Lanner Gorge Mouth, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge
A well deserved rest stop after a 4km trek to the Lanner Gorge Mouth

Baobab biggest, Lanner Gorge Walk, Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge
Biggest Baobab on the walk to the Lanner Gorge

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge
Another beauty

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge, Crooks Corner, Border of South Africa
Crooks Corner : bordering South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge, Crooks Corner, Border of South Africa
Beautiful Cloud formations over the Kruger bush veld

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge, Crooks Corner, Border of South Africa
Impala grazing on the bushveld of Limpopo

Alex Aitkenhead, Levuvhu River, Lanner Gorge Mouth, Kruger National Park, Bush Walk, Hiking in Africa, Punda Maria, Parufi, Limpop, South Africa, Nature, Beautiful Nature, Phalaborwa, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Golfing in the Wild, Phalaborwa Gate, Game Drive, Lanner Gorge, Crooks Corner, Border of South Africa
Looking down the Limpopo river from Crooks Corner

Stay tuned to view more footage of the rest of our trip down south ...

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