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Road tripping – Travel & Things with David Batzofin

By 14th September 2018August 30th, 2019Ranger Blog

Waking up to a view like this and being excited about what lies ahead. This is why I am so passionate about bush time and the experiences that accompany the trips. Day break…the cloud cover obscuring the usual inspirational African sunrise. The beginning of a spectacular four day trip that my wife and I spent at three camps in the Mluwati Concession in Kruger Park. This is my overview of the lodges. Individual postings of each lodge experience and the various game drive sightings will be published shortly

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge.
We spent our second night here.
Hoyo Hoyo means “Welcome” in either Tsonga or Shangaan

Not to worry, the elephant is not IN the lodge, but is actually at the waterhole that is just across the (currently) dry river bed. This Lodge was so totally different from Imbali, that a direct comparison would not do either any justice.

Bright colours adorn the public spaces.
Considering that most guests are expecting a neutral colour palette, this bold color statement is unexpected…but it works! Here (as with Hamiltons) there is no cell reception or internet connectivity…

The Lodge waterhole is where the elephant on the left is standing. For me, lunch came second as a myriad of photo opportunities presented themselves.

The bold colours were continued in the accommodation…
But they did not distract at all. In fact I can honestly say that they enhanced our experience. The only direct comparison that I can make to Imbali is the bed and the linen. And once again comfort was the order of the day… and this time my book did not even make it out of my suitcase.

Although there is an outdoor shower, I chose to utilize the bath…

This is Punk Rock Pumba…
He seems to be having a really bad hair day. As a result,I am certain that he was NOT looking at his reflection in the camp waterhole!

Because there are SO many Impala that visitors get to see on game drives, they are often ignored after the first sighting, and rejected as photographic subjects. I tend to disagree…