Elephant's Nest Guest Lodge
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We slept like logs and woke early. We watched the weaver birds build their nests and squabble with each other until breakfast and then very reluctantly packed and made our way up the road, stopping to watch pearl breasted swallows swooping over the river.
We drove as far as Sabie. It was only about 125 kilometres away but it took us 4 hours! …
... When we decided to continue one of the owners drove her car ahead of us along another dirt road to ensure we knew how to reach the main tarred road near the Long Tom gun, a much shorter way out. We drove through to Sabie where we found an old SAR (South African Railway) train that had been turned into a restaurant, Smokey Joeys. There again there was plenty of interesting railway memorabilia. It was a good lunch stop.
On our way again we reached the turn off to the ...
... around and found a substitute backpacker accommodation just a few minutes away.
We unloaded our stuff into a large cylindrical room above reception that was full of bunk beds, and hurried back to the car. The landscape was rapidly transforming and the earth to our east was cracking open. The canyon began to form and as we entered the park there were several pull offs with vantage points; the first few ...
... to the Blyde River Canyon, billed as the 3rd longest in the world. The first stop was at God's Window where luck was with us and the views were fantastic. Most of us climbed to the top of the hill to a "rain forest" where the peace was shattered by a mob of very noisy local secondary school students! Next stop was Burke’s Luck Potholes, deep holes in the ...
... and a little camping. Only 2 other vehicles were present and they were obviously there for camping and fishing.
We spotted Waterbuck and Monkeys in the distance and saw a few Warthogs. The area was largely grassland with a few bushes and a few small woody parts around the feeder streams. Bird life was not abundant but we recorded a few birds. An adult African Fish Eagle sat in a waterside tree for most of the time and a flock of 30+ Amur Falcons were present. ...