Tales from Kruger | 03 | sitting, eating, drinking

I have now spent three weeks on my own in theĀ Kruger National Park, and while I’m home in Cape Town, taking a break before heading back up, I thought I’d share one of my favourite activities while in the park – sitting, eating and drinking.

Anyone that has travelled on their own will appreciate the wonderful discovery that is a beautiful spot to sit, on your own, sometimes for hours. It could be in a restaurant with a book, it could be at a lookout point with a pen and some paper or it could be somewhere outside, early in the morning, with a cup of coffee in hand. These are some of my most memorable times spent travelling. Because it’s while you’re, sitting, eating and drinking on your own that you truly appreciate the strange place that you’re in.

Simple, yet delicious, toasted sandwich at Tshokwane Picnic Spot. The monkeys almost stole it right off my table.

Simple, yet delicious, toasted sandwich at Tshokwane Picnic Spot. The monkeys almost stole it right off my table.

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Teatime: pancakes at Afsaal Picnic Spot. This place smells of bacon and sunshine.

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A quiet Sunday morning at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp. Groups and families were all enjoying a lazy brunch, so I decided to join them.

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Late afternoon drinks on the deck at Skukuza Rest Camp. Here you can look out over the Sabie River and spot hippos an crocs in the water.

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Lake Panic bird hide is a wooden structure on stilts that hangs over a massive, tranquil lake. The most peaceful spot to sit and enjoy the subtle bird sounds all around.

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Early morning sunrise and coffee beside the Biyamiti River

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Much needed coffee after a morning game drive. The trees at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp’s restaurant supplied just the right amount of shade.

A lookout point, high up on a hill, where you can out of your car and sit on the massive boulder. This was my favourite sunset spot.

A lookout point, high up on a hill, where you can out of your car and sit on the massive boulder. This was my favourite sunset spot.

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Solitude at a holiday resort up South Africa’s West Coast

Being a travel journalist means a lot of solo travelling. It also means visiting places during off season, when it’s misty and overcast or in the middle of the work week. Basically it means visiting places on your own, with few others around. Like Club Mykonos up South Africa’s West Coast. I’m here now, on a Monday night (when both their most popular restaurants are closed) and I’m on my own.

I do like this kind of solitude though. It allows for long walks and quiet explorations. And tonight it allowed for a bit of experimenting with my camera’s shutter speed. Here’s my favourite.

club mykonos at night