27-Jul-2002 -- We were on a week holiday around and inside the Kruger National Park. Our first accommodation was in White River, approx. 25 km north of Nelspruit. While our friends and my wife decided to visit the old gold miners’ village of Pilgrims Rest, I took the 2 boys, Max (10) and the son of our friends, Amol (8) and decided to try and visit my first confluence point.
We drove from White River on the R569 to Hazyview. Should you ever be in Hazyview, please have a look at the lake within the premises of the Paul Kruger Lodge, as they have a nice family of hippos hanging out there. From Hazyview we followed the R535, direction Graskop, which I guessed should be passing the confluence point in a distance of between 500 m and 1 km. The area is mainly used for the forestry industry.
Being still about 800 meters away from the CP, we left the main road on a small dirt road downhill through thick forest. Without four-by-four vehicle we would have struggled here. We had to take a few different dirt roads, as we never came closer than about 300 meters with the car. The point seemed to be down in a deep valley, with thick forest on one side and an open area on the other side where the forest had already been cut.
It took us some time to figure out that the point is on the other side of the valley, which should actually be easier to access. When driving around to this side we came as close as 100 meters in northwest direction of the point. We then had to climb down a steep hill over cut trees. When we just approached the point, a monkey came running out of the forest about 50 meters away.
Very proud of having made our first confluence point, we took our pictures. On the way back to the main road we saw a bird of prey, which I believe was a female fish eagle, and a bushbuck. Thereafter we met the rest of our group in Pilgrims Rest and had a nice lunch.