The Good, the Bad and the Beau­ti­ful

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

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)

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