Travels from the mountains to the Lowveld and back again!

Our journey through Africa has begun at a slow and steady pace. Once we left the wonderful village of Haernetsburg on Wolkberg mountain, we worked our way down to the Lowveld past Tzaneen to Hoedspruit and on to Kampersrus. We resided in Kampersrus close to a week. There were several reasons.


The road looking from where we stayed in Kampersrus looking towards Hoedstruit (Ant’s Nest Bed and Breakfast).

The road looking from where we stayed, Ant’s Nest Bed and Breakfast, towards Hoedstruit. Kampersrus is a beautiful little village consisting of a bottle store, a local pub/resturant, a petrol station, a mountain and the ‘Matripskop Motor Repairs’ shop. The owners of which were Kawasaki KLR owners by a massive stroke of luck.  After fixing these small mishaps, we got back on the road. It was time to leave Mariepskop and leave this lovely section of the Northern Drakensburg Mountain Range.

There was a rattle in Tom’s engine and after a little bit of work we worked out what it was. Fixing Toms tensioner spring on his ‘Balancer Chain Adjuster Lever’ or Doohicky. My Black Betty (KLR) also took a little damage through the smashing of a headlight into a tree thanks to some unnoticed mud.

We popped in at Blyde River Canyon on our way to Nelspruit via Graskop. Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and it may be the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage. It has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent.

We stopped at Gods window (above) and Mac Mac Falls (below).


We arrived in Nelspruit as a thunder storm had rolled in, testing our water proofing of our luggage and clothing. We were hosted by my grandparents, cooked a lovely dinner before departing for Swaziland.

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Our travels into Swaziland are up next! Including a trip to the worlds oldest mine and some interaction with the local tour guides at a prominent rock art site. Lovely rural roads, amazingly friendly people and a memorable leg of our journey so far.

All good photos are from Tom Ulysses Da Silva.

Written by Trent Seiler

& The Nitty Gritty Nomads


Author: The nitty gritty nomads

4 motorcycles, zig zagging through Africa… set out on discovering the continents wondrous archaeology, local cooking secrets as well as educating and engaging with local communities. We will be travelling through 14 countries, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rowanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and then back through Madagascar.

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