Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Before I melt into the ground

I’m looking up accommodation at the Kruger National Park for reasons I’ll explain later, and these are some of the stupid things that have just left my mouth –

‘I don’t think I’ve been to this one *squints at pic* Oh wait, I think this is where I played in the mud.’ (All class, me.)

‘Lower Sabie used to be so much nicer before it burnt down.’

‘I can’t stay here anyway, it’s the source of my bee trauma.’

‘I don’t understand why the morning walks are more expensive than the morning drives when the risk of getting eaten is exponentially higher.’

Anyway, if you’re not doing anything between November and December and you want to try a holiday with a difference, how about going on a safari adventure? It’s not as expensive as you’d think, with the dollar doing so well and the Rand being its normal shit self, and if we split it between two (or more), it should be fine. We could camp! That’s even cheaper. And camping is awesome in the KNP. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a lion roar and woken up convinced it was snuffling at your tent flap. Trust me.

Oh, come on. Someone come with me. We can go to Olifants for the best pie, or have ice cream at the river in Skukuza. We can have breakfast in Tshokwane while desperately trying to protect our toast from baboons. We can watch the little weaver birds flitting about and stalk owls through the camp at night. It will be hot, but not more unbearable than a hot Sydney day, and you will have to take malaria pills, but I promise you, it is worth it. It is worth every single thing. If Africa has only one good thing going for it, this is it.

And now that I’ve made myself so nostalgic I feel physically ill, I’ll get back to doing some actual work.

Music: Baby, come on - +44


  1. What sort of costs are involved?

  2. Return flights with Qantas to JHB is usually between $2500-3000, with a domestic connection to Mpumulanga about $160 on special. Accomodation for camping is $24 per night (with your own tent, in Skukuza you can hire a tent with beds, tables etc for $52 per night. Bungalows are $110 a night, though cheaper in other camps.) Of course, car would have to be rented, which looks to be about $41 a day or so. Then there’s food and all that boring every day costs. So for a two week holiday, taking the cheapest options, roughly looking at about $4300 or so.

  3. Aaaaand you could get to come to my wedding :P

  4. Dude, I've told you, I'm obviously coming to your wedding.

  5. I would love to do this dude, it sounds like such an amazing and unique experience, but realistically I can't afford it :( It's the bloody airfares that are the problem. TELEPORTATION.

  6. Telepooortaaation! I know what you mean. Hey, maybe one day when you have enough frequent flyer miles, we can go :D