The view as I enter the lift. It’s the walls for the reception area. It makes it look like it’s a window. my Safari outfit (had to go with the khaki😉
This is my room 💜leopardsong Safari lodge. View from my front door. It’s so peaceful.
A quick breakfast in the hotel, and then we are picked up for our overnight stay at a safari lodge.
I’m imagining all types of things, from mud huts, to a large tent!!!
What we get is a lovely lodge area. There is a communal dining area, a bar, a mini pool and outside cooking area.
And the rooms ….. they are a lovely surprise, from the outside they have a look of a old type hut, but inside they are done to look modern and comfy. The high ceilings are to accommodate the fan, and looking up, you see it’s thatched. I did wonder if we would get any eight legged visitors (🕷) But we were told it’s not the right season for them yet 😉
We have a few hours before we go on out late afternoon safari, so I quickly unpack the overnight bag, and we go explore. Coming across a meerkat was a nice surprise, the antelope were a surprise, they wander around and nibble on the vegetation, and in the distance are zebra. Susan (the manager of the lodge) said they roam around free, they are all ok, but not to get too close to them (mating season begins soon, and fights can start out!!) we take a walk up to the gate we will enter (electrified and warned !!) looks like a scene from Jurassic Park (well the gates aren’t THAT big!!)
We get to the meeting place, and we are all given a thick blanket (it’s still cold in the evening, and the jeep is all open, so the wind is pretty cold. We will want them for the journey back.
Setting out in the jeep,
The ride is a bumpy one, on the way we see zebra and the Kudu that wander around the lodge area. Big electric gates open ….. all we see is miles of scrubland and dried grass area (I’d love to see this area when it’s green and lush.)
We have a driver/warden called Kael, he is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He gets everyone looking for animals, he points out their tracks, and gives us a brief description of what to look out for.
We got to see Zebra, water buffalo, Wildebeest and Rhino. Giraffe made an appearance towards the end of the safari. But the highlight ….. had to be the lioness tracking her prey !!! It was like a scene from a wildlife program.
Watching the animals in there natural habitat bears any zoo, this is what I came to Africa to see. To watch them in their natural habitat will be a memory I will treasure forever.
We drove around the reserve for almost three hours, we watched the sun set, and then made our way back to the lodge, where there was a lovely meal waiting for us.
And the staff had made a cake as a surprise, it was a lovely way to end my Pre-birthday.
We then had a drink around the fire, before turning in for the night.
Tomorrow we are up at 6am for the sunrise safari 😀