Monday February 25, 2013 – Leopards Creek

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Wonderful SA breakfast at 730 – they have the most fantastic fresh fruit and vegetables here – and off by car for travel to the northern province and the Leopards Creek Golf and Country Club. On arrival our luggage and our driver are waiting for us in a charming warm weather terminal building in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. It is reminiscent of the Caribbean islands airports except that a herd of impala greet us on the roadway and off we go by van through the farmlands (local fruit trees including citrus, papaya, macadamia nut trees, lots of sugar cane) past an ostrich farm, and following the northern version of the Drakensberg mountains (beautiful shapes and lots of large seemingly loose rock formations) with the famous Crocodile River running below.
Leopards Creek Club is our home for the next 3 days, it is just outside Kruger. Waiting for our host to meet us at the gate, we see hippos and crocodiles in the river and a black rhino grazing in the veld as we watch from the bridge over the river. Our first sightings are always a thrill. Our host is an old school friend of Adrian’s and he has a delicious lunch ready for us on the terrace of his spectacular home. A swim in the pool, a snooze, a tour of the back nine (spectacular) and drinks on the terrace before dinner at Hamiltons, the local establishment. Early bed tonight ready for golf for some and an early game drive into the Kruger for Gord and I. We’re excited to see the Kruger and its residents! Our bedroom is really beautiful – mere inches from the electrified fence that borders The Kruger with the sounds and sights of rapids in the famous Crocodile River 100 metres from the deck that borders our room and the outdoor shower we will enjoy in the morning.

*Interesting statistic in The Times news paper: 12/100 people in SA carry guns, 31/100 in France (where peasants are hunters) 45/100 in Switzerland (all reservists have weapons training), 88/100 in US. The Pistorius murder trial is on every newsstand and the conversation is lively.

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