We had the most wonderful few days away in Swaziland and the weather was heavenly!
Our breakaway started with a night’s stopover at my folks which is always a wonderful treat and after breakfast the following morning Pete and I packed the car and hit the road. Before I knew it, we were at the border post. A quick three and a half hour drive from Johannesburg – fabulous!
Swaziland has beautiful rolling hills and mountains. Sadly the autumn weather wasn’t kind enough to give us a clear view but they were breathtaking nonetheless.
Unfortunately for Pete he had to work the whole day after we arrived which left me to my own devices for a leisurely long breakfast, followed by tea in the room with my feet up on the bed doing a crossword before heading to the pool for some additional R&R followed by what I thought was a necessary run around the very hilly golf course. All that relaxation leaves a girl a little plump around the middle! Pete took me on the route the day before when we arrived and I almost thought he was joking about how steep some of the inclines were – I had to go up on my toes otherwise I would have rolled back down. Needless to say these were the most challenging runs of my life! I wish I could capture it on a photo so you can see how steep it all is.
Pete treated me to the best meal of my life in the hotels in house restaurant, Planters – a quaint welcoming and elegant restaurant/bar. It was lovely to dress up and put on some lippy for the evening out and I have truly never eaten a better steak in my life! The wine and company weren’t half bad either. 😉
Sadly 3 days later it was time to leave Swaziland and decided to do one more stopover en route back to the folks and went into the Kruger National Park, a sister park to our Addo where you know Pete and I spend lots of time. Holy macaroni! We weren’t anticipating much excitement as we could only spend a couple of hours in the park (it is HUGE – you need 5 days or more to cover its magnificence) before heading to our overnight accommodation but were we in for a serious surprise!
No sooner had we entered the park and driven around 1 km when we were graced with the presence of 2 snoozing rhinos! We have only spotted one in our park which we may never see again so this was incredible! I snapped away frantically thinking we would never have such an opportunity again but wait…there was more! We were squealing with delight by the time we left the park as we saw no less than 13 rhinos – all with their horns. Now that I am typing this it worries me that some revolting poacher may read it and hunt down these near extinct magnificent animals for their horns. What idiots to think their horns are an aphrodisiac. How can keratin, the same material found in your hair and fingernails possibly be an aphrodisiac. They can just as well grind up their own hair and nails, but I am getting off the point. I have always said to Pete that a giraffe and squirrel will complete our family – he ain’t buying it. 😀 Well, the second I spotted a graceful long legged beauty, I whacked Pete so hard on the arm, I am sure he has a permanent bruise! I couldn’t believe how incredibly lucky we were. Short of putting in an order before heading into the Kruger, I couldn’t have asked for better viewing.
We also saw loads of Impala and a couple of buffalo, a pair of vultures and a wildebeest (gnu) and some fascinating birds! What a treasured couple of hours in the park. Must say though the toasted sandwiches we ordered for lunch were revolting. No matter as the viewing was out of this world.
We enjoyed 2 more sleeps with my folks and had a wonderful evening with my brothers and their families. Unfortunately my one sister in law and her youngest weren’t able to join us as the little one was sickly.
Guess we will just have to go back and visit again soon.