We didn't get a river front lodge, but our little lodge overlooked the prettiest lake which was filled with "wild" life - ducks and fish, frogs (by the hundred!) and two HUGE Likkewaans, who P thought had their nest in the bushes next to our lodge. They ambled along into the water every morning, and ambled back every sunset!
Our little lodge!
We unpacked and took a walk down to the restaurant/bar area, which was a deck overlooking the Crocodile River. They had had rain for days before we arrived and the river was flowing hectically. We were told that the Crocodile River entrance to the Kruger Park had been washed away and we would have to drive to Malalane to get into the Park which was about 40 k's away. The view from the deck was spectacular! We settled down to some icy cocktails and began to unwind - staring over the horizon in the hopes of seeing some animals!
Side view from the deck
We saw some Waterbuck (who stayed there for the rest of the week!), some impala and two hippos, who were out of the water and grazing on the sweet grass. As the sun set over the Kruger we began to unwind, chatting to the locals about what they had seen and what we should look out for.
Sunset over Kruger National Park
We went back up to our lodge and had a tasty dinner of cheese and biscuits, with preserves, pickled onions and trout pate. P opened an ice-cold Zewenwacht Sauvignon Blanc for me. We sat quietly and drank in the sounds and welcomed the little bat who lived under the eaves of our thatch who brought her baby home to sleep every night! That was our first day ... there was plenty more to come.