It’s the best time of day in one of the best campsites in Limpopo. The sun is setting and the brutal heat is starting to ease gently into a perfect evening. We’re at the Bontle campsite in Marakele National Park and life just couldn’t be better.
At the time, one of our game drives had taken us into the flatter Kwaggasvlakte section in the west, where we discovered the Bontle camp, its sites laid out in three lopsided circles under karee, leadwood, bush-willow and black monkey-thorn trees. It seemed to us to be just about flawless for anyone who loves camping.
A pearlspotted owlet called insistently in the distance, and two African scops-owls were having a conversation through the treetops. Ostriches boomed in the distance, a deep sound that might baffle you into thinking they’re lions.
This makes the camp feel like part of the surrounding bush and it’s impossible to resist its wilderness charm. In fact, Bontle is the ideal campsite for lazy people. Want to watch animals but can’t be bothered to go out on a game drive? No problem; just kick back at your campsite and the animals will come to you.
But coming back to our campsite at Bontle was always the highlight of our day, grabbing a cool drink and relaxing in comfort while the animals came and went from the amphitheatre around the waterhole.
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