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KICKIN' BACK IN KOMATIPOORT

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A May 2005 trip to Komatipoort by Linda Kaye

Elephant in the Mist Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Komatipoort is a quaint little town on the edge of South Africa within a stones throw of Mozambique. Komatipoort is a gateway to Kruger Park. Komatipoort is a favorite spot for tiger fishing. Komatipoort simply IS.

KICKIN' BACK IN KOMATIPOORT

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Overview

Elephant in the Mist Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa
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Mpumalanga is the second smallest of the nine provinces in South Africa with an estimated population of 3 million people. It was once known as the Eastern Transvaal and includes the Mpumalanga Drakensberg Mountains, Highveld Plateau, the Crocodile River Valley, the Lowveld plains, Kruger National Park, and one of the towns we got to know well--Komatipoort. Komatipoort was born of the railroad in 1890, when the Dutch Railroad Company laid tracks between Mozambique and Pretoria, South Africa. Like most boomtowns of that era, Komatipoort was filled with liquor drinking construction workers and was also plagued with outbreaks of malaria. Today, it is a tranquil and peaceful town, known for...Read More

Komati River Chalets

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Hotel

Komati River Chalets Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa
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Just off the N4 about 60km from the border post where we crossed into South Africa from Swaziland is Komatipoort. The internet lists five guesthouses in Komatipoort; our choice for accommodations was the Komati River Chalets. The name of our chalet was the Acasia, (named for an African tree) a two-bedroom unit at the rear of the property, which backs up to the Komati River. One of the bedrooms has a king-size bed plus a single bed and the other has three single beds; so it could comfortable accommodate 6 people. The bed linens and pillows are first class and extraordinarily comfortable, making it really hard to get up in the morning. Both bedroo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

Komati River Chalets
P.O.Box 915
Komatipoort, South Africa 1340
+27 013 793 7623

Tambarina Restaurant

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Restaurant

Tambarina Restaurant Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa
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The Tambarina Restaurant came highly recommended to us as the best seafood restaurant in town. The Best Seafood- yes but certainly not the fastest. We requested reservations for 8pm but were asked to come at 7:30. We were advised that the kitchen could close early. The owners, Willem and Sonja Robbertse also run a nearby Bed and Breakfast by the same name. Portuguese influence is evident in both the colorful décor and in the food. The outside is painted in vibrant colors that carried inside to the main dining room. The patio is so inviting on the cool African evening that it encourages guests to remain long after dinner is over. We arrived at our appointed time and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

Tambarina Restaurant
57 Liebenberg Street
Komatipoort, South Africa
27 12 793 7988

Rhino Walking Safari

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Story/Tip

Andrew, Our guide Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa
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When our friends first told us about the Rhino Walking Safari, it really didn’t faze me. But, the more I thought about it, the more concerned I became. Being on foot in the African bush, looking for rhino sounded a little dangerous to me. Our guide, Andrew, came to our chalet the evening before our tour, to introduce himself and let us know what to wear, what to take with us, and what we could expect. He also provides wildlife tours inside Kruger Park with our clients safely into a large, well armored safari vehicle. Andrew casually mentioned that the rhino tour was twice the cost of the wildlife safari because of the danger. He quickly pointed out that the danger was to him, not us. He w...Read More

Visiting Kruger National Park

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The Yellow-billed Hornbill Photo, Komatipoort, South Africa
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The Kruger National Park, named for Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic in the late 1800s, is home to over 150 different kinds of mammals and 500 species of bird life. It is best known for the BIG FIVE: leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and African buffalo (Cape Buffalo). Kruger occupies over 7,724 square miles in South Africa, measuring 217 miles north to south and 37 miles east to west. Although the accommodations inside the park are expensive, there is one big advantage. Park guests have a little more time for game viewing since they don’t have to get to the exit gate by a specifi...Read More

About the Writer

Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas