Last month I had the pleasure of travelling through South Africa with The Africa Safari Co. Our first stop was the luxurious Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. After arriving into Skukuza airport I was met by an open top four-wheel drive and transferred to the lodge – the safari had begun!
On our first afternoon game drive we saw three rhinoceros, a dazzle of zebras and then – wait for it – a lion feasting on a warthog! Needless to say, I was blown away from day one! And just to top off a perfect afternoon, as the sun was setting, we stopped for evening drinks under the watchful eye of our guide – hoping not to have an unexpected encounter with one of the big five!
Upon our return to the lodge we were greeted with drinks and snacks around the fire where we could share stories of our daily game viewing with other guests. As if we hadn’t eaten enough, it was time for dinner – all three courses! It really is an amazing experience dining on local cuisine whilst listening to hippos calling in the distance.
After too much food and wine it was time to retire to my luxurious suite complete with individually designed furniture, private plunge pool, en-suite glass fronted bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower.
Day two started with a morning game drive where we followed a leopard as she stalked an unsuspecting antelope. We also got up close and personal to a herd of cape buffalo and elephants with baby calves learning to graze. It really gets your heart racing to be only metres away from a wild elephant.
When travelling though Africa on safari it is important to stay on private game reserves. Some tour companies offer safari game drives where you cannot venture off the sealed road. You may see an elephant in the distance though the bushes but you cannot leave the road to get closer. If you stay in the private concessions your guide will get you within meters of the amazing wildlife. And that’s what safari life is all about!
To see the wide variety of African wildlife in their natural habitat is an experience I will never forget. Without a doubt this is the best form of travel I have ever done and I look forward to visiting the vast continent of Africa again!
So, having seen the big five within 24 hours of being in Africa what was next, Singita Sweni Lodge but that is another story and a whole new adventure!