19 October 2012 by Mildred Thabane

The places we love

“Ndumo is such a diverse birding area, and the great thing is it’s not a high-density tourist area,” says JP.

It’s my last day Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Limpopo. As we’re having the last breakfast in the camp before the group disperses, I start chatting to the Le Rouxs about how they ended up in the bush, and their favourite places in South Africa.

Jean-Pierre and Margaux le Roux – these names are fit for a romantic novel – met at the Kruger National Park while both were working there as nature guides. They have been married for three years and are senior camp instructors for EcoTraining, a field guide and nature training company.

“We’d have to say Tembe National Elephant Park is on our list of favourite places,” says Margaux when I ask the couple to name a few of their top destinations.

“I love that it’s so remote,” adds Margaux.

 

“Ndumo,” says Jean-Pierre.

“Ja, JP loves birds,” explains Margaux.

I learn that Jean-Pierre, or JP as he is affectionately known, is an avid bird-watcher and that Ndumo Game Reserve, situated in KwaZulu-Natal, is home to more than 400 bird species – the highest number in a game reserve in South Africa.

“Ndumo is such a diverse birding area, and the great thing is it’s not a high-density tourist area,” says JP.

Jean-Pierre and Margaux le Roux – these names are fit for a romantic novel – met at the Kruger National Park while both were working as nature guides.

I’m not surprised when the two add the Kruger National Park to the list.

“The Kruger is very diverse and differs from north to south,” says JP.

“Last, but not least, is the Karoo. The dolerite dykes and sills that you find there are just amazing, and the plant life there is incredible,” says JP.

“The openness,” muses Margaux.

It’s time for me to catch the transfer bus and I leave the two hand-in-hand, still mulling over other places they’ve loved going to together, and I must say I’m a little jealous. I’ve made a note to visit the places they’ve mentioned.

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