Go North - the alternative route to the Kruger

So there I was. Aimlessly pushing around paper on my desk on a nondescript Wednesday morning. Cold, tired, ever so slightly bored and the open road-bug gnawing at my right foot incessantly. That horrible first cold front had hit Jozie with a vengeance and brought with it yet another evil mutated strain of influenza-bronchitis-up-all-night-madness-itis. The whole family had barely recovered when the weather bureau warned in that sadistic happy radio voice that number two was en route.

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Masorini - a trip back in time

Trip back in time to a beautifully restored Stone Age village in the Kruger National Park.

Situated on top of the picturesque Masorini Hill 11km from Phalaborwa Gate (and the Bushveld Terrace Hotel) on the road to Letaba camp, Masorini offers a glimpse of an organised economy that existed before the arrival of European settlers in South Africa. The village also gives insight into the lifestyle of the Stone Age hunter-gathering society that formed an integral part of the natural environment in Kruger National Park.

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Strings, cicadas and sunsets - a photographic story

Last month's symphonic extravaganza was a roaring success! The sextet from the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra entertained, soothed and kept the excited crowd enthralled at the pool area of the Bushveld Terrace Hotel on Kruger.

While our souls were being looked after by the band, André from The Hat & Creek made sure everyone's tummies kept up with delicious food and drink.

Click below for more photos of the great evening. And keep your ears on the ground for next year's event and much more of the same during the year.

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It's not called the Olifants for nothing

The magnificent Olifants River meanders from her catchment on the Highveld to her final destination in the warm Indian Ocean in Mozambique. On her passage she passes through the Northern Drakensberg down a spectacular waterfall into the famous Valley of the Olifants.

You can share three hours of her ceremonious journey through the African bush and explore the abundance of wildlife and birds that rely on her precious shipment of fresh water for their survival – just 17km away from the Bushveld Terrace Hotel on Kruger.

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The Magnificent Marula

Although quite palatial in its own right, this little article is not about the Bushveld Terrace’s famous honeymoon suite, but rather the tree (and its fruit) that inspired the name of our suite.

Sclerocarya birrea, commonly known as the marula, (Ancient Greek σκληρός, sklērós, "hard", and κάρυον, káryon, "nut", in reference to the stone inside the fleshy fruit) is a medium-sized dioecious (a big word that means one gets distinctly male and female individuals) tree, indigenous to the low lying woodlands of Southern Africa, and quite prolific in Phalaborwa and surrounds.

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