Today you head out on a road trip taking you through the province of Mpumalanga into Limpopo on your 470 km journey to Moholoholo Forest Lodge. This will be your home for the next three nights and it will be your introduction to the wildlife of South Africa.
The trip will take around seven hours with a number of pit stops along the way and as we make our way pass Pretoria and head north east towards the Mozambique border you will start to notice a change in the countryside and a change in temperature. The further north we go, the hotter it will become and today should reach around 28 degrees.
Your first long break will be in the small town of Dullstroom where you can have a walk around the town, stop for some lunch and investigate the small craft shops. Dullstroom is famous for its fly fishing and is a major holiday destination for many South Africans. While you are here you must try the smoked trout for lunch.
The next leg of your journey takes you through farming areas of Lydenberg and Ohrigstad, first settled by the Voortrekkers around 1847. On leaving Ohrigstad, you start to climb through the Abel Erasmus Pass. This pass links the Blyde River Canyon with the game reserves of Limpopo and passed through the Drakensburg escarpment before dropping down into the Olifants River valley via the Strijdom Tunnel. This is the perfect place for that photo opportunity.
Not far along the road is the turnoff to Moholoholo and as you enter the property you may be lucky to see Zebra, Nyala or Kudu to name a few of the wild animals on this property. After a long day you will appreciate your cabin with its own veranda on which you can relax and listen to the sounds of the African bush.
Dinner tonight will be around the boma which is an outdoor area with a fire pit in the middle and fenced off with long reeds to keep the animals out. You can sit here and watch the stars while you enjoy good food and drink.
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