Marcs Treehouse Camp
We transferred to Marcs Treehouse Camp the day before from our game drive in Kruger Park. It was almost dark when we arrived. It is a nice cosy camp where you feel welcome and close to nature at the same time. We collected our luggage and headed off to our tree house. Later we went down to the bar area to enjoy some drinks and mingle with other guests. We were quite pleased with out treehouse – it has an en suite and double bed. There are more spectacular tree houses but when you on a 3 day safari you don’t spend much time in your tree house other than sleeping. There is a nice little bar / reception area where you can order drinks and mingle with other guests. The bar area overlooks an inviting pool and below that there is a boma and a lapa. In the evening we enjoyed a bush fire in the boma and guests sat around the fire and chatted about there safari experience. Dinner was a local specialty “pap & wors” with some complementary side dishes.
After a long day in Kruger everyone was tired and soon went to bed.
Day 3 – Our bush walk and return to Johannesburg via Blyde River Canyon
Our last day on safari has arrived and we will enjoy an early morning bush walk. Now this bush walk is not the same as the 4 hour real wildlife bush walk which you can only do if you are on 4 day or longer safari. On a 3 day safari there is not enough time so our bush walk will be a relatively short 45 minute one around Marcs Camp. Its a bit more like a walk in the park than a real wildlife tracking walk. Next time we will do the 4 day Kruger Safari just to experience a real wild life bush walk. After a quick cup of early morning coffee we set off on our bush walk. This was more of an educational walk during which our guide shared some interesting facts about plants, trees, spiders and other creatures in the area. For example we learnt that some plants have medicinal properties that could cure mild afflictions and some trees were rather poisonous and should not be used as fire wood. We also learnt that spiders that weave webs are not dangerous to humans.
We saw a hole in the ground which was dug out by some burrowing animal but it is now used as a den by different small animals from time to time. We saw some Njala during this bush walk and there were also a few Njala at the camp. After our bush walk we enjoyed a hearty breakfast which included cereals, yogurts, juice, eggs, toast and sausages as well as tea or coffee. After a really pleasant and enjoyable stay at Marcs Tree House Camp the time arrived for us to leave. We departed from Marcs camp around 08H00 on the first leg of our journey back to Johannesburg. This leg would take us to the majestic Blyde River Canyon.
Blyde River Canyon
After about a 90 minutes drive we arrive at the Blyde River Canyon. It is cold up here in the Drakensberg Mountains and an icy wind means a jacket is a good idea. There are quite a few stalls where locals sell their African crafts. But the main attraction was at the viewpoint overlooking the worlds 3rd largest canyon. The largest is the Grand Canyon and then the Fish River Canyon. The rock formations are in the shape of rondawels and hence the name “The 3 Rondawels” (bungalows) From here we continued our journey back to Johannesburg. We had lunch in Dullstroom and we arrived in Johannesburg around 16H30. And that officially ended our 3 Day Kruger Tree House Wild Life Safari. -an experience that should be on every wildlife enthusiasts bucket list.