On the road again…

"All my bags are packed I'm ready to go"... John Denver is on my road trip playlist!





Travel & Things will be on the road for the next two weeks, doing research for forthcoming stories on the lodges mentioned in this post. That being said, there is every possibility that I will not do Monday or Friday updates while away, but don’t worry, normal service will be restored as soon as I am back in Johannesburg.




Road trip time once again. Earlier in 2022, we headed down to the Indian Ocean for my wife to enjoy her happy place for her birthday. And now it is my turn…and early birthday road trip to the Lowveld!
To quote James Taylor:
“Take to the highway won’t you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same
Mama don’t understand it
She wants to know where I’ve been
I’d have to be some kind of natural-born fool
To want to pass that way again
But you know I could feel it
On a country road.”

This is where the road trip will be starting, Maninghi Lodge

Quote:” Maninghi Lodge is settled on the banks of the mighty Olifants River in Balule Nature Reserve, which is situated in the Greater Kruger National Park. The Lodge boasts an unparalleled, 3km view of the Olifants River and the Blyde Canyon mountains in the background, with Maninghi often playing host to scores of elephant, hippo, lion and other wildlife, which come to the river to slake the thirsts brought by the African sun”.




This is the second stop on our trip. The recently opened Cape Vulture Lodge near Hoedspruit.

Quote: “Cape Vulture Lodge lies in the shade of the Northern Drakensberg mountains, under the watchful eye of over 650 breeding pairs of the endangered Cape Vulture which nest on the cliffs”.





A return visit to KwaMbili Game Lodge. This time we won’t miss the turn-off and head off in the wrong direction! Instead of staying in the chalets like the last visit, we will be staying in one of the Safari tents.

From the website: “KwaMbili Game Lodge provides an authentic safari experience at an affordable price. KwaMbili is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, within the Greater Kruger area. The reserve is home to the Big Five as well as an abundance of other game and bird species”.




A new experience for my wife and me… Africa on Foot, in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

A quote from their website: ” Africa on Foot specialises in walking safaris in the big five Klaserie Private Nature Reserve; a wildlife-rich region in the heart of the Greater Kruger. The Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park which means predators and other wildlife roam freely throughout”.




Sun Destinations nThambo Tree Camp will be our final stop before heading back home…

Quote: “All 5 chalets are positioned on stilts at level with the trees so game watching can be enjoyed constantly. The small size and privacy of nThambo means that activities are flexible and exciting night drives can also be conducted”.




We have added a final stop on this trip! We will be spending our last night at this Lodge in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate…

Thuhlo Lodge is managed by the owners Jolande & Jacques. Collectively they have over 30 years of experience in the tourism industry. They are both qualified nature guides who have dedicated their lives to various parts of the tourism industry. They have worked on various game/ nature reserves within South Africa and have lived in the Middle East and South-East Asia as well. They have extensive knowledge of southern Africa having been involved with self-drive 4×4 guided safaris throughout the region. We are both passionate about Africa, conservation and tourism.
Thuhlo Lodge is uniquely situated within a secure wildlife estate. A variety of mammal species including giraffe, kudu, nyala, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest, zebra, warthog and grey duiker are abound and roam free within the estate. It is a typical bushveld environment where one can safely explore the estate on foot or mountain bicycle on the many well-kept single trail paths found throughout the estate or you can go for a leisurely game viewing experience on the self-drive routes within the estate. There are several dams/ waterholes located on the estate with bird hides and fishing on a catch and release basis is permitted at one of the dams. We have a boma where you can enjoy the African night sky around the fire while having a braai/ bbq and a swimming pool to keep you cool on the hot summer days.
Hoedspruit is a small tourist town on the doorstep of the Kruger National park. There is a variety of restaurants and bars conveniently located within a 10-minute drive from Thuhlo lodge. We are a mere 45 minutes drive from Orpen gate. We have the Blyde river canyon and the Panorama route on our doorstep.







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