Drive Klopperfontein (Kloppers Fountain) Loop S61 off S60
Short loop drive past interesting water lily area
To see the previous drive waypoints click this Pafuri link
Many images on this Kruger Park GPS (global positioning system) and map-based site will be in thumbnail view so click these to see the enlarged image.
Turn off the main H1-8 road heading south towards Punda Maria from Pafuri.
The image of a partially leaved
baobab was interesting because I wasn't at all
sure whether the tree was one or 2 different trees (joined at the hip as it
were). On the way towards Klopperfontein loop drive the
monument was again viewed.
Waypoints 047 to 050: Klopperfontein is the name of a spring that in good wet seasons flows well.
It was named after a hunter based in what was called Louis Trichardt (now
Mikhado) in Limpopo Province. Apparently he camped in this region while on
hunting trips (presumably before the Park was proclaimed. Notice the numerous
streams which are spring fed in good rainy seasons. The topography in general
also suggests a very interesting and worthwhile drive. Make a point of looking
at the topography on maps to help decide which drives to take when you are
limited in time.
|On the drive I saw a family of zebra, and got a glimpse of a Steenbok (solitary small antelope with large ears)|
Waypoint 049 ... there was a rather beautiful water lily "pond" in the
stream bed when I did the drive and close to the spot there were 3
a distinctly greyish coat (probably from mud baths). One of the elephants was
lying down and got up shortly after I stopped the car to take a closer look.
I've never seen an elephant lying down before. A bit further up the road is a
borehole watering point also called Klopperfontein.
|Waypoint 050 just marks the point where I rejoined the man road for the drive back to Punda Maria. It was about 4 pm and gates close at 5.30 and I was about to have an elephant adventure. I also saw a graceful female kudu as well as an adolescent male.|