We stayed in a chalet (2 bedroom, 6 sleeper) at Swadini from 27 April to 2 May. The camping section was full from Friday 29 April and all 6 ablutions were back in operation. Three ablutions were undergoing maintenance when we arrived on Wednesday - there was a delay in completing the planned maintenance due to slow delivery of fittings, etc, from Pretoria. The stands were paved and seemed large enough to cope with big vans.
The resort was neat and tidy. The two pools, one warm and the other cold, were spotless. Control was excellent with no nonsense tolerated. A variety of wildlife live in the resort - kudu, njala, duiker, monkeys, baboons and a solitary hippo. The latter is kept at bay with the help of an electric fence.
The chalet we stayed in had some problems. We could not park in the carport with a Kia Sedona as the paving had been lifted by tree roots; this caused the right rear to be lifted and the left front then scraping on the entrance incline when entering or leaving the carport. A bakkie or higher vehicle would have no problem. The toilet outlet pipe leaked at the seal. This used up a number of towels daily. The fridge/freezer iced up in the fridge part. The resort solution was to turn the fridge thermostat down to 1. After day two we tackled the problem and just re-aligned the fridge with floor tiles so that it leant backwards and the icing stopped. Should have brought my vans spirit level in the toolbox. Smaller issues were the lack of coat hooks in the bathroom and toilet. No where to hang your old and new clothing and towel at the shower or behind the toilet door. Why is it that resorts skimp on these items. The oven door was damaged and could not close - it does now after I spoke in phrases and used sufficient force on the inside panel.
At Swadini we did the boat ride on the dam. Dress warmly. The Blyderivierpoort Dam is located in the second largest canyon in Africa after the Fish River Canyon in Namibia.
An early start took us to KNP and Orpen gate. Travelled via Satara and Olifants to exit at Phalaborwa. We shoukld have returned through Orpen as the stretch from Letaba to Phalaborwa had only Impala and Ground Hornbills. The drought is very visible from Satara towards Olifants. See the photo of the two Kudu Bulls. There is little if any grass.
This early start at 0500 had us catching out two young men leaving a chalet via the back door at that time. The chalet was occupied by 4 females. .
A visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is money well spent. The centre is located on the Klaserie Road a short distance past Campers Rest. It is educational to see the results of snares placed by poachers and the effects of poisoning on vultures and other raptors.
Security at the resort was very visible at all hours.
Will we visit Swadini again - most certainly.
Pragtige foto's Theo. Sjoe julle het omtrent baie en mooi diere gesien. Die olifant lyk net vir my bietjie maer, of is te gewoond aan Addo se grotes? 'n Man kan ook trots wees op so mooi vrou en kindertjies.
Great pics Butts. See you got a nice photo of the Ground Hornbill. Obvoiously one of your favourites looking at your avatar.
Thanks for sharing.
Freda, dankie. Die jong vrou is my oudste dogter en haar drie kinders. Daar waar ons op die boot stap, dra skoonseun die jongste en my naamgenoot.
Hendrik, thanks. The Ground Hornbill holds a fascination for me.
Baie mooi fotos Theo, lyk mos of julle dit geniet het.
Herman, ja daai Mariboe is baie skaars, en hulle broei ook net een kuiken op 'n keer. Ek kan nou net nie onthou of dit net elke twee of drie jaar is nie.
Herman, dankie. Die bromvoël en bruin arend was in die KNP. Die res in Moholoholo Rehabilitasie sentrum. By die sentrum was seker 'n goeie 40+ Mariboes buite die hek uitgekamp.
Johann, dankie. Gate uit geniet.
Shaun, jy kan gerus weer gaan.
terloops, ek meld dat dit droog is by satara en noordwaarts. Kyk ook die agtergrond in die foto van die arend. Die foto van die lê-leeu is so 10km suid van Olifants geneem. Daar het die wêreld weer groen vertoon. Ons het fouteer om van Olifants via Letaba oor Phalaborwa na Swadini terug te ry. Alhoewel dit groen was, het ons in die 70+km net Rooibokke en bromvoëls gekry.