When the sizzling summer season is upon us and the African sun beats down on our lily white skin, we lap up the healthy dose of Vitamin D with glee. Summer has a vibe and it’s evident in the bushveld. The Kruger can get sweltering hot and escaping the heat is paramount to feeling comfortable in the Lowveld. Africa on Foot is no stranger to the heat and even our wildlife seeks out available sources of water. The summer rains are always a welcome respite from the heat, but the best way for guests to cool off is to take a dip in one of the two pools at camp. Yes – two pools.
The new pool rests on a raised platform in a hideaway next to the treehouse surrounded by a canopy of trees. Located on the perimeter of camp, the swimming pool area feels like an exclusive little oasis in the midst of the wild. It also makes – potentially – a fantastic area for a private dinner, special sundowner and extravagant proposal ! Natural wood decking surrounds the sparkling waters of the pool and has been designed to look like an extension of its natural surrounds. A small staircase leads up to the deck area that houses a few sun loungers adorned with comfortable cushions, giving it a touch of bushveld style. There are umbrellas to shield our less leathery skinned folk from the penetrating rays of the sun – we literally have you covered.
The new pool overlooks the wilderness beyond and has uninterrupted views of the savannah biome. It’s a great summer spot for game viewing, and provides the perfect haven to sit and spot wildlife. Elephants do lumber down to the pool area, and plains game often come bounding past, effortlessly.
Splash about in the crystal clear reflective waters while listening to the screaming cicadas and delicate songs from migrant birds chirping to the tune of summer. Feel the gentle breeze waft its way through the thickets of impossible greens while you keep an eye out for plundering predators and other species of wildlife.
The new pool is the place to see and be seen!
And the old pool? This small splash pool is located at camp – a hop, skip and jump from the bar area; making it the perfect place for a dip and a drink! The old pool has been fully kitted out with a new decking area and is still the go-to “waterhole” for elephants. This pool is ideal for families with children that want to swim but need to be kept under the watchful eye of their parents.
Two pools means there are options for our more discerning guests. Our tip for making use of the pools? WEAR sunscreen !
Below are photos of the new pool located adjacent to the treehouse.