South Africa: Kruger & Panorama route – Wednesday 11th September, on to Tomjachu Bush Retreat

So we left Mjejane this morning hoping for a last chance to see some lion, leopard or cheetah as we drove out. No luck, but we saw the giraffes and zebra just next to the gravel road on the way out of the reserve. The zebra were very cute (they turned out to be our “animal of the day” – more later).

It was a little under 2 hours to drive to our next stop, Tomjachu Bush Retreat, which is around 20 kilometres or so from Nelspruit, and up in the hills.

This place is divine! We booked the “Rock House” which is fully self catering, with beautiful views and a small private pool. We are looking down the valley and over to the surrounding mountains. It’s a big place, there are lots of walks you can do (we started today with just a short one) and lovely picnic spots.

Our highlight today was around 5pm, as the sun was getting ready to set behind us, a family of 3 zebras came to drink from our pool and one took a walk right up to our patio doors! Now this was the kind of interaction we had hoped for in Africa!

After enjoying watching the zebras until they moved on, we then cooked up a candlelit dinner before setting the outdoor bush fire up.

Tomorrow we have booked to go on a “bush dinner” rather than cook, it should be pretty awesome…

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