I had the opportunity to go to South Africa a few months ago and it was AMAZING. I truly enjoyed all of our stops, and there were a lot! I loved the city and nature in Cape Town, our journey on the Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls, a tour of Soweto, and two safaris. We spent a few days in Kruger National Park and took a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. In Kruger we stayed at Thornybush Game Lodge. The accommodations, staff, meals, games drives, everything about it was totally awesome. I am not lying when I tell you that I thought about moving my family there and went so far as to inquire about Amazon delivery in the area. Yes, you can have whatever you want in 3-4 business days.
Each morning we would wake up at 5 am and be ready to leave with our group, ranger and tracker by 5:30 am. We would go out on our first drive of the day and hope the animals were starting their day as well. Even if we didn’t see anything for an hour it was ok. The sun would be coming up, the birds would be singing, there was a slight breeze and it was like heaven on earth. There is no way to not feel the presence of a God while you are on a game drive in Kruger.
We would park our vehicle in the wild around 7 am, have tea and biscuits and head back out for an hour or so. Around 9 am we would return to the lodge for a most delicious breakfast, shower, relax and have lunch, and go out for another drive in the afternoon. One day we parked the vehicle and walked back to the lodge. The ranger carried a rifle. It was a little unnerving. But these are wild animals and common sense must be used. They are wild and beautiful and we got so close to them that the hair stood up on my arms.
Most of these images were taken at Kruger. We saw a larger variety of animals at Kruger, including all of the Big Five-elephant, black rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, lion and leopard, and then some! At Chobe we saw more herds of animals, and lots of hippos. We were lucky that it was raining that day, as they only come out of the water when it is raining.
I was happy to see so many babies! Maybe all of these mammas were coming out to let me know that my little one was doing great back home. I especially love the image of the impala nursing. Oh, and I am happy to report that the African squirrels on safari look remarkably similar to ours here in New Jersey. I don’t normally include this many images in one post, but I pared them down as best as I could. I hope that you enjoy them.
Stay tuned for South Africa Part 2!
All the best,
Kristy O Photo