Video by Marc Viaplana
Marula Camp & Lodges is held by Mike and his wife, a couple of white Zimbabweans. It's located on the river, in walking range of the gate of the national park. It is strongly recommended NOT to walk because of the wild animals roaming freely around the different camps. The river is infested with crocodiles and hippos, and it is thus strongly advised to stay clear of it.
The tents are located in line with the pool along the river bank, which is on higher ground than the actual river, especially with the water seeming quite low. From the tent I can view the river and its inhabitants.
|Leopard on hunt mode|
Africa seems not to be a continent where it's easy to travel as a backpacker or generally to be on a budget and still do activities. If you plan to go out into the bush, be ready to pay some money for transport, or to wait horrendously long for a lift, that might, or might not come. Although the accommodation here at Marula Camp only costs USD 10 for a basic safari tent with two beds, a single Castle Lager costs more than USD 4. To go to the nearby village, as it is strongly advised not to walk, I would have to wait for a lift or order a taxi for about USD 4. The distance is less than one kilometer. I was actively considering buying my beers from the lodge before getting here, but now it seems, my beer consumption will simply drop if my delivery doesn't come in in time.
|Who wants to play "chase the baboons"|
From our vantage point, we can easily monitor the water inhabitant's activities. So I was able to glimpse a fight between crocodiles, and another short struggle between hippos. The camera should be on standby at all times, ready to be used for action.
|We'd rather play "chase the leopard"|
|Dangerous hippo at lodge|
Later we spotted some night animals, including a rabbit, genets, civets and white tailed mongooses.
|For Andrea: a dazzle of zebras|
|Relaxing isn't it?|