The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
My wife and I have just returned from a lengthy roadtrip travelling via Addo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Gariep Dam, Golden Gate National Park, Chrissiesmeer and the Kruger National Park, south to north and then back again. Our National Parks are beautiful and we enjoyed our visit. The only disappointment was the bad maintenance of this national asset, and the cost of accommodation that the average South African cannot afford.
Being birders, we decided to visit Chrissiesmeer. The accommodation was unfortunately a disaster, but we found Chrissiesmeer fascinating. Being our first visit there, we looked for assistance with regard to where to go birding, and other places of interest in and around Chrissiesmeer.
At McCloud’s, an establishment that sells wool duvets, pillows and so on, and also has a coffee shop, we met Esbie Bezuidenhout, who has local knowledge of where to bird, historical sites, etc and, as a result, we had some very successful birding there.
On the way home from the Kruger, we stopped over at Chrissiesmeer again and found lovely accommodation. I believe Chrissiesmeer should really be on the map as a birding destination. It also has a very interesting history, and is well worth a visit. (edited)