The Red Rocks Loop (S52) runs along the Shingwedzi River and is one of the most beautiful areas in the Kruger National Park. The road passes through thick riverine forest and also allows visitors to see where the Shingwedzi River has carved a path across a Karoo Sandstone band. Here there are reddish cliffs and sheets of reddish rock. In August when we were there, the river had dried into several large pools.
The area has a rich bird and wildlife. There is a lookout point where you can get out of your vehicle, but being open to the veld (and the beasts that live there) it is not advisable to wander too far from your vehicle. There is a story that in the 1940s members of Kruger’s Board of Trustees had a close encounter with lions at Red Rocks.
As Willie and I both love looking at and photographing rocks, we did not want to miss this area. Finding the lookout point proved to be challenging as the way there is not clearly marked, and we ended up just driving around until we found it. It was well-worth the effort.