In our previous edition we gave a brief overview of what Hazyview and the surrounding area has to offer. When we selected Hazyview as the new featured destination, little did I know that the area has such a rich diversity of beautiful and breathtaking creations for the sightseer along with endless outdoor activities to keep the adrenalin junkies busy for days on end.
Due to the multitude of activities and long list of possible “things to do”, we unfortunately had to choose how we will spend our limited time. The slightest hint of flu by means of a pretentious cough from one of our team members was enough to convince the group to spend the next 2 days sightseeing all the spectacular wonders in the area.
We departed from our cosy accommodation at Thulamela at 8am after a scrumptious breakfast and headed straight to Sabie Falls which was the first of 6 waterfalls we visited that day. A little bit more time was spent at Mac Mac Falls where we had a picnic before heading north towards God’s Window were you can find an array of walk, hike and mountain biking opportunities. With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. It is no wonder that Mpumalanga is known as Paradise Country!
Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes was also on our list but due to our time constraints we were unable to visit them. We will be sure to include it on our next trip to the area as it is said to be amazing and should be a definite on your sightseeing list.
After a jam packed first day we were glad to be backat our cabins and enjoyed a well deserved rest before we headed for the Kruger Park on a self drive safari before heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life.
A very successful day it turned out to be indeed! We spotted lions on 3 occasions, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, crocodile, hippo as well as numerous plains game species.
There were two sightings that stood out:
On one of the side roads an elephant fancied a few leaves high up on the tree next to our vehicle. With the leaves being just out of reach, the elephant had no other option but to uproot the tree, almost on top of our vehicle! If it wasn’t for the quick reactions of our driver, we would have had some difficult explaining to do to our insurance broker.
2. Wild Dogs
We encountered a pack of wild dogs on our way out of the park. They looked fascinated with the vehicles and appeared to almost be begging for some food. We spent close to 20 minutes with them before time caught us and we had to move on before the gates closed.
After a long but rewarding day we retired to our feather down beds at Thulamela before heading back to Gauteng before day break the next morning.