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Actually, a visit to the Kruger National Park was not planned at all. Last July we wanted to meet our friends, Cora and Gert, in South Africa and explore the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga with them. Cora and Gert wished to travel on to the Kruger Park. Since we had our Penny with us, the Kruger Park was not feasible for us – pets are not allowed there.
While we waited for our friends in Johannesburg, we visited family in Pretoria. Over a coffee, our sister-in-law, Martie inquired about our plans. When she heard that we couldn’t go to Kruger Park because of Penny, she spontaneously offered: “Leave Penny here with me and go to the park.”
We knew Penny would be doing very well with Martie and her family. Probably she would be so spoiled that she wouldn’t want to go home with us anymore. We gladly wanted to accept the offer, but first, an important question had to be clarified:
Would we be able to get accommodation in Kruger Park on such short notice?
After all, it was European summer holidays and South African winter holidays. Especially in July the Kruger Park is always fully booked.
But the problem was relatively easy to overcome: Cora and Gert had booked campsites, except for one night. Since more than two people are allowed to stay overnight on one campsite, we were able to add ourselves to their booking. Only for one night, we had to spend in a hut in Letaba.
And so we left our Penny with Martie in Pretoria and headed for the Kruger National Park for a week.
Now we want to share our impressions with you and wish you a lot of fun browsing the pictures.
It came as we had foreseen: Penny wished to stay with Martie forever. Aunt Martie had comforted her with dry Boerewors, and our dog had gained 10% of her body weight in one week. So she didn’t like to say goodbye to Martie.
We would like to thank especially Martie and Schalk for the dog sitting. In this way, we could spend a few beautiful days in the Kruger National Park.
A big thank you also to Cora and Gert for the wonderful days in South Africa’s largest national park.