We had a week in which we had originally planned to wander along the Panorama Route, but at the last minute decided to make our base in the centrally-located town of Sabie. We camped on the banks of the Sabie river at the beautiful Merry Pebbles resort, which I would highly recommend. It was everything I had wanted for that holiday – peaceful, underneath looming trees, right next to the mountain, the river burbling on our doorstep and friendly wake-up calls every morning from two of the resident duck population.
A misty haziness greeted us the first morning, so we decided to spend the day exploring the Sudwala Caves. Apparently the oldest known caves in the world, our guide had many interesting stories and anecdotes to relate about their history (how many of them were actually true I don’t know now, but they were all highly entertaining!). When we’d had our fill of strange rock formations with creative names (King Kong, the Weeping Madonna and the Devil’s Pulpit, to name but a few), we lunched at the restaurant overlooking the Sudwala valley, glad that the mist had lifted by then.