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    • Day 130–133

      Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Afric

      April 13 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Thanda Game Reserve is amazing with 37,000 acres, the big five and only 18 guests right now. From our rooms and food to our guide and our tracker - exceptional! We are in Zulu country near the northern border of South Africa.Read more

    • Day 22

      Mein neues Reich...

      November 2, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      ... zumindest für eine Nacht, denn heute ging es auf einen 2-tägigen Ausflug mit Übernachtung in einer schicken Lodge mitten im Naturreservat.

      Bei unserer abendlichen Safari gab es sogar noch 2 Löwen aus nächster Nähe zu bestaunen als sie hautnah und in aller Gemütlichkeit an unseren Jeeps vorbeiliefen.Read more

    • Day 23

      Die letzten Safaris

      November 3, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Zum Abschluss der Safari-Touren noch ein paar beeindruckende Aufnahmen der Tierwelt.

      Ganz lieben Dank an die professionelle Fotografin Rosemarie Schwarz (https://schoenemomente-rosischwarz.de) für die wunderschönen Videos!Read more

    • Day 14

      Unglaublicher Regen

      February 11, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

      Nun kam gerade der Besitzer der Lodge und entschuldigte sich für die Umstände. Durch den starken Regen sind die Schilfdächer undicht und der Regen tropft hinein.

      Doch sie geben sich unglaublich Mühe uns alle Wünsche von den Lippen zu lesen, dass einzige was wir uns aber wünschen ist, die Lodge Morgen in Richtung unserer nächsten Unterkunft verlassen zu können. Bei diesem Regen wohl unmöglich, doch es besteht Hoffnung, der Regen soll nachlassen und Morgen wohl ganz aufhören bevor der Wetterbericht weitere 7 Tage solches Wetter für diese Region vorhergesagt hat.

      Auch hier wieder eine Situation die laut der Besitzer noch nie zuvor eingetroffen ist.

      Doch kein Grund zur Sorge, uns geht es super, wir Spielen Rommé, auch wenn es hier für Ralph auch ziemlich Bescheiden aussieht… 4068 zu 3486, geniessen heisse Amarulla Schokolade und haben ein grosses Glas mit Gummibärchen.
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    • Day 13

      Game Drive #11

      February 10, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      Auf unserem ersten Game Drive hier in der Leopard Mountain Private Lodge haben wir wieder einmal Löwen gesehen und konnten auch das erste mal ein Löwen Gebrüll hautnah miterleben. Es war extrem laut und kommt auf dem Video garnicht so gut rüber wie es eigentlich in Wirklichkeit war…

      …und ja der kleine Dungkäfer im Hintergrund hatte echt Glück, dass ihn die Löwin nicht platt machte beim hinlegen. 🙈

      Wir haben auch die grösste Herde Impalas gesehen, seid wir unterwegs sind. Zudem eine Nashornmama mit Baby, Zebras und wunderschöne Giraffen.
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    • Day 6

      Bush Walk

      January 19 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Mit unserem Ranger Roland sind wir eine Runde zu Fuß in den Busch gegangen. Hier konnten wir die etwas kleineren Lebewesen wie zum Beispiel die Nashornkäfer und die Dung Käfer sehen. Auch ein Kudu zeigte sich uns im Gebüsch. Selbst der Büffel einer der „Big Five“ war in unmittelbarer Nähe.Read more

    • Day 5

      Unser Held des Tages

      January 18 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Wir baten unseren Kellner Siboniso ein Bild von uns mit der Polaroidkamera zu machen. Ohne lang zu zögern, nahm er die Kamera und machte das Bild. Jedoch hatte er die Kamera falsch herum in der Hand und machte ein Foto von seinem Gesicht in Großformat.Read more

    • Day 6

      Night Gamedrive

      January 19 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Heute sind wir auch Nachts in den Busch gefahren. Die Suche nach Leoparden war leider erfolglos 😞
      Immerhin haben wir die Hyänen um uns herum gehört und Büffel 🐃 Schakale und Chamäleons gesehen. Zum Abschluss des Tages gabs noch den perfekten Sternenhimmel.Read more

    • Day 7

      On the road

      November 18, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

      Yesterday we spend the night in a beautiful old country house. It was lovely decorated and sundown was in a bright orange.

      We are now driving to the cost, to the isimangaliso wetland park. Yesterday as well as today is the weather fast changing. It can happen that it is hailing 2km away, while the sun is local shining.

      Next to the street are people waiting at the side to get picked up by a white little bus. There are mearchents with booths for everything you need. There is also a lot of agriculture, with different fields (like sugar) as well as lumberjacks, which set controlling fiers to get ridd of the roots. And from time to time, are cows or babuns crossing the street.

      On the left side was the boarder to Swasiland.
      Btw. left side - driving is on the left and not on the right side, what is utterly confusing when we enter a roundabout.
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    • Day 7

      Zuka & Umkhuze Game Drive

      March 30, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      At 6:30am I was awake, Simon was leaving us today to head back to his family in Johannesburg and Pieter was going to drop him off at the bus depot. He was told to be ready for 7:30am sharp and I felt like we should atleast see him off from here and say goodbye, so it was an early start for everyone.
      Just before 7:30 Pieter asked us what we wanted to do for the day and Ellie suggested another day in a park and rather than Pete having to come back we quickly got all our things together and threw them in Karin. Then we had to wait until 8am for Huzane to turn up, she is Petes second mum and cleaner, and then we left.
      At 8:30am we said goodbye to Simon and put him in the minibus to Johannesburg which is around 7 hours away. Then we were on our own again, with Ellie riding shotgun this time and me having the whole of the back seat with my camera gear. Straight away I got the Biltong out as now there would be more to go around.
      Our next destination wasn’t really a stop. It was the Zuka Private Game Reserve and is super expensive catering to the rich for private safaris but there is a main road that runs through the park and has to be kept open as it was there before the park fell into private hands and we took that road through the game reserve to get to our destination.
      The route was amazing and we saw Zebra, a huge water buffalo that was the Mike Tyson of all buffalos and then we spotted a lone rhino in the distance.
      I was gutted it was so far away but 5 minutes later I spotted a closer Rhino looking at us and as I started taking photos a baby one walked out from behind. I couldn’t believe our luck and it was an incredible sighting, had we have been 5 minutes earlier or later we wouldn’t have seen them. Then we spotted a giraffe at the side of the road a little further up and as we got closer a baby giraffe stepped out into the middle of the road right in front of us.
      Just as we came out of the game reserve there was a little roadside motel called the Boabab inn that did breakfasts and as it was now 11:30am and we had all skipped breakfast we stopped for food.
      It looked like a nice place to stay with little thatched rooms dotted all around a lush green landscape and a tiny swimming pool just behind the restaurant area and they did us a lovely fried breakfast. Then it was back in Karin for 20 minutes until we got to our park for the day. The uMkhaze game reserve, and yes that is the correct spelling.
      The parks in this part of Africa are lush and green and very foresty. There are also huge rocky cliffs dotted about and lots of rivers and lakes so water for the animals isn’t really a problem even in the dry season, so the whole feel of the place is very jungly and this also makes spotting animals a lot harder.
      We saw lots of our usual finds like warthogs, Impalas and now imyalas are on that list aswell as various birds, which is always special to us but not so exciting anymore. What really made our day exciting was when we climbed an observation tower and right infront of us were 2 huge white rhino. We couldn’t believe our luck, we had, had a real result with hippos today and had we driven past or there hadn’t been a tower we would never have seen them from the road because the grass was to high. We had been really lucky.
      Not long after that sighting and back in the car we headed for a hide that was really just an open piece of grass overlooking the lake but here we saw 2 hippos, a bunch of Vervet Monkeys and on the way out we saw a massive water monitor which is a super rare find on a game drive. Again we had been really lucky.
      Just before 4pm we started heading home which took about an hour and we said what a good day it had been for animals. Then after coffees Pieter cooked us an amazing fillet steak, with potato salad, African style, and mixed vegetables. It was all amazing.
      By 8pm we were all done and we sat with Pieter talking until 8:30pm whilst he had his last joint of the day and some of the whiskey we had brought him and then it was time for bed.
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