We were to camp in Berg-en-Dal rest camp in the southwest for the next four days. Had I thought about it more closely before booking, I would have realised that creepy crawlies and the oppressive heat of January did not make for the best camping combination. But, we pitched our tent under the biggest shady tree we could find (on top of a thriving ant’s nest, we later found out!) and fell effortlessly into the Kruger Park routine – up at dawn for an early morning game drive, back at camp by mid afternoon for a nap or few leisurely hours in the pool, and out again for an afternoon drive before the camp gates close at 18:00.
After watching the evening National Geographic feature at Berg-en-Dal’s open air cinema, we would go to bed falling asleep to the oomph-oomph sounds of a lion calling close by, and wake up again with the little woodpecker pecking away at itself in the car’s side mirror.