I just read Jane Engle’s South Africa article [“Wild Kingdom,” May 17]. When
she returns to South Africa, she should rent a car and drive.
Probably one of the most beautiful routes is the Garden Route, which meanders (by freeway or single-lane road, your choice) from Cape Town to another harbor city, Port Elizabeth. It takes you through natural forest and coastline, rivaled by few in the world. (The closest I’ve come was on the northwest coast of Italy near Cinque Terre.)
But you have not been to South Africa if you have not been to the Kruger National Park, our primary and oldest conservation area. You drive through amazing mountain passes into subtropical and tropical beauty. Within about 13 miles, this changes to savanna and you reach the park shortly thereafter.
Louis D. van Niekerk