South Africa 2012
October 3rd - 16th, 2012
 



October 6th, 2012

In the morning as I sat on my balcony I could see an iguana making its way up a tree to the nest of birds…you would not believe how quiet it was here…the birds didn’t even make a sound as they didn’t want to attract any more attention…but I saw one pecking at the head of the iguana and before long it decided it was not worth it, turned around and went back down the tree. We had two more game drives today, one at 5:30 in the morning and the other in the evening just before sundown. The rest of the day was taken up with breakfast, leisure, lunch, leisure and afternoon tea just before leaving.

A huge termite nest greeted us on our first game drive of the day…our guide was over 6’ tall so you can get an idea how big this was and also how long the queen lived…about 50 years. Our group was divided into three jeeps and we met for coffee and pictures before going our separate ways…if one of the guides saw something, he would let the others know and off we went to discover it too. What an experience this was and one we shall not soon forget. Three 8 year old male giraffes in front of us sauntering down the road with out a care, just checking out the day for food.

The evening game drive…

We were in shock…there laying before us not 100 feet away was a lion and lioness…it was just about time for them to wake up and a good time to see them. You can see his face as he woke up and looked around – he was 12 and she was 14 years old. We each held our breath as we didn’t know what they were going to do. No one moved…then he sat up and I zoomed in on him for a photo and I just cannot tell you what it was like making eye contact with him…scary, exciting, humbling…all three I think. Then she stood up, moved over to him and put her face close to his then wandered off and he got up and followed. It was magical.

Up the road a bit further more giraffe, and then the rhinos…mother and baby…and fat mother – I think she was pregnant. We followed them for a bit as well, as they crossed the road and went into the bushes. Saw a very interesting bird in the trees above too.

The a water hole and as we arrived you could hear a thundering noise as hundreds of water buffalo descended into the water for a drink…the dust and noise and splashing of the water was just incredible. Then quiet as they all drank and stood around for a bit, then ambled away. We all came back sad that we had to leave tomorrow morning but so grateful to have had this remarkable opportunity to see nature the way it should be seen and to stay in such a beautiful serene reserve that preserves nature and nurtures it for us. The guides were all just super!! As were our expert Shangaan trackers.
 

 
 

 
 

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