- Johannesburg. We are warned not to go into the city and are put up in a cute little B & B on the outskirts. It is just up the road from Gold Reef City and the casino - the main entertainment on offer here
The Panorama Region
- The Panorama Region - The Sabie River Gorge and the majestic Blyde River Canyon. Depending on which list you use it’s possibly the third largest canyon in the world. Whatever, it’s breath-taking.
Kruger Park- Sabi Sands
- Kruger - The Sabi Sands region of the Kruger. It’s August and the winter season, so the park is very dry, brown and arid. I’ve been told it’s a good time to visit, as you can see the animals more easily. This region of Africa has some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the continent, although it’s a huge park. We bag four of the Big Five: lion, elephant (plenty of these), buffalo and leopard. I’m very happy with this. I’ve seen rhino several times before but leopard is more elusive. There’s a bit of dispute as to whether it is indeed leopard hiding at some distance in the grass, but the markings on the photographs prove the case. There’s also cheetah (and very cute cub, with a furry ruff), hippo and abundant plains antelope.
- It’s not the best organised tour I’ve ever been on. Our park accommodation is basic, with a shared toilet block and showers (tiny mongooses skittering around) and theres's also some camping involved...The tour leader, a Jo’burg man is a little gung ho. But our driver is a nice guy and he’s good at spotting the wildlife.
- Onwards to Mozambique. I’ve pleaded for a diversion via Swaziland, but it’s not going to happen.