Tales from Kruger | 04 | always on the road

If you’ve never been to the Kruger National Park – or any game reserve for that matter – then there’s one specific quality that you have to have to be able to enjoy it. you need to be okay with spending hours in the car. The only way to see the animals is to drive to where they are, and the only way to do that is to spend lots of time in the car. The fact that you’re limited to 40km/h most of the time and the fact that you’re generally not allowed to get out of the car makes being content with hours in a car even more important.

Now, being in this amazing place for three weeks on end means quite a lot of hours logged behind the wheel. And I can tell you that the moments where you get to photograph some awesome animals are exactly that, just moments. Moments compared to hours spent in the car. I’m not complaining though. I managed to make the most of the car experience, bonding with the windmills, including the car window in my shots and staring at the deserted road in front of me through my lens every now and then.

Check out these five recommended roads to drive to spot animals in the Kruger

Lonely windmill

Probably the loneliest road I've driven so far.

Hyenas on the H6

Sometimes, just sometimes, the cars are in the way a little. But it’s always nice when the animals decide to some to you rather than you trying to crop that bush out of the shot.

Zebra on S1/Doispane Road

Baboon love

Stomp stomp stomp

At this particular instance, I made the stupid mistake of driving by a herd of elephants that were busy munching just off the side of the road. So just as I drove on, they all decided to cross the road en mass. Pity.

June

How a rental car looks after two weeks in the bush. I dubbed her June.

Impala on the S114

Life from my window

Biyamiti private road/S139

Life through the other window

Wildlife, laziness and lots of eating at Gondwana Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape

Gondwana Game Reserve

A sunrise and a game drive – the life

While Europe is real pretty and I loved exploring the side streets and spending hours in cozy coffee shops reading, I can’t help but favour my beautiful home country of South Africa. I recently got sent on assignment to Gondwana Game Reserve, just outside Mosselbay in the Western Cape. It’s about four hours’ drive from Cape Town and so completely worth the drive to visit for a weekend.

We ate, we relaxed and we went on game drives to see four of the Big Five (the leopard stayed true to its illusive nature). Life really couldn’t get any better. I usually like my holidays rustic, especially the ones in summer, but I couldn’t help but indulge in the luxury treatment and beautiful little hut that we received during that weekend.

Gondwana Game Reserve

Happy hippo’s in their little pool

Gondwana Game Reserve

White rhino on a morning game drive

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

Just an ordinary breakfast spread

Gondwana Game Reserve

View from the dining room

Gondwana Game Reserve

The best pool ever

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

Hello, Mr Lion

Gondwana Game Reserve

A South African dinner spread

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

Delicious, the best guide ever

Gondwana Game Reserve

The huts we stayed in

Read the full blog post on Getaway Magazine’s blog.

Photos originally published on Getaway Magazine’s blog