A drive up Kragga Kamma Road towards Colleen Glen may just give you a colourful surprise this time of year. I saw a photo of the stunning aloe fence on Kragga Kamma Road in full bloom on Facebook and just had to go and see it myself. The whole aloe fence is probably a good hundred meters in length and all of it is in flower at the moment, making for a stunning site and beautiful photo opportunity.
I’m not a flower expert so I went digging around the internet to find out what kind of aloe it is. My guess was a fence aloe, but it turned out to be Aloe arborescens.
According to Wikipedia, Aloe arborescens, the krantz aloe or candelabra aloe, is a species of flowering succulent perennial plant that belongs to the genus aloe, which it shares with the well known and studied Aloe vera. The specific epithetarborescens means “tree-like”. Aloe arborescens is valued by gardeners for its succulent green leaves, large vibrantly-colored flowers, winter blooming, and attraction for birds, bees, and butterflies.
I’ve got to say, one thing I have missed most because of lockdown is roadtrips through the Karoo and Gamtoos Valley to see the aloes in full bloom this time of year. At least you can still get a taste of it around Port Elizabeth.
Addo Elephant National Park, as with all National Parks, has a policy to only have animals that occurred there naturally. Giraffes didn’t thus you won’t find them in the park. The best place to see them though is at the Kragga Kamma Game Park just outside Port Elizabeth.
I drove past Landman’s Lake
(the lake on Lakeside Road) today and could not believe my eyes how low the water level currently is because of the ongoing drought. PE’s biggest fresh water lake is but a shadow of its former self. It is so low in fact that there is a beach all around the lake now.
Coming from Kragga Kamma side the whole section that panhandles out towards Like Farm Centre is dry. It just shows how badly we need some big rains to come our way.
Zebras will always be a favorite sighting on any game drive and even better if you get to see them up close like we did at Kragga Kamma Game Park recently.
Ever wondered where the Springboks that don’t make the team hang out?
Kragga Kamma Game Park, where else?
Kragga Kamma Game Park is the ideal spots to spend a weekend morning or afternoon. Its nice and close to the city and you get to see a wide variety of animals from the comfort of your own car. I always love seeing giraffes on any game drive and visiting Kragga Kamma is no different.
One doesn’t have to drive all the way to the Tsitsikamma to be able to cross a suspension bridge. The start of the monkey walk at the Bush Cafe at Kragga Kamma Game Park has its own suspension bridge which crosses a little dam before you go on a short circular loop on a boardwalk.