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    • Day 2

      Pilanesberg

      December 9, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

      Gegen 11 Uhr sind wir von Johannesburg los und waren 3 Stunden später mitten im Busch 🫶 Erster Tag auf Safari und unglaubliches Glück mit unseren Sichtungen 🫶 als Welcome gab es sogar einen Löwen Kill.Read more

    • Day 3

      Game Drive Number 2

      December 10, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Das Glück ist mit uns. Heute morgen haben wir einen super geilen Game Drive gehabt. Geparden, Löwen, Elefanten, Black Mamba, Nashörner …
      Unser Karren und unser Safari-Zelt 🫶 Morgen früh geht es in Richtung Kalahari Wüste.Read more

    • Day 4

      Pilansberg Game Reserve

      February 26, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      This morning we were all up bright and early. Hilda was up first at 5:15am and I was a close second at 5:30am. While Hilda was doing yoga I was doing press ups waking ourselves up nicely. Ellie was next out of Bed and then Pieter who got fresh coffee and some breakfast cereals on the go and finally Becky was up at around 6:15am.
      By 7am we were all ready, and we set off for the gates and entered pilansberg National park. I had high hopes of seeing a leopard on entry and had 2 cameras and the go pro ready but unfortunately the universe had other ideas.
      Within 30 minutes it started raining, and came over very black and then thunder and lightning started. It wasn’t very heavy but with none of the animals want to get wet so everything except a few birds and a random Elephant miles in the distance was in hiding.
      Our first stop of the day was a watering hole and although there were no big animals we did see Pied Kingfishers close up and got some beautiful shots, then on leaving there we saw Hippos just surfacing from a lake.
      Our second stop was for a quick coffee at the guest lodge and we took that with us and got back on the hunt. Next on the list was a giraffe, then a few Zebra and the rain was now starting to clear so Pieter thought it would be a good idea to stop for lunch for an hour or so and then try again.
      We had a picnic, and the girls threw together a mixed bean salad with some ham and some rolls and we sat there for an hour hand feeding a small Guinea Fowl while the sun eventually came out and started to cook us.
      Within 15 minutes it went from 19°c to 33°c and we set back off exploring with the air con blasting.
      As we turned the first corner from our picnic spot, we saw wilder beasts with babies, Zebra with babies and warthog with babies. It was an amazing sight and Pieter turned the engine off and we sat there for 20 minutes with the animals right in front of us.
      From there we drove in and less than a kilometre later we ran into a heard of atleast 20 elephants and they had several babies with them too. We sat there for ages as 2 young males started to play fight and then they all crossed the road right in front of us. As we turned the next corner there were 2 White Rhino right in front of us. Today has been an incredible day.
      Our last stop of the day was another huge watering hole and this time we had hippos across the other side, we could only just see them but a big male kept on popping his head up and yawning and Ellie was determined to get a picture. Eventually she did get an amazing shot.
      Then at 6:30pm it was back to camp.
      No we hadn’t seen any big cats but I think the elephants and rhino made up for it and we still have a long way to travel yet.
      Back at camp, Pieter cooked us a wonderful meal of marinated pork, with steamed vegetables and cheesy mushrooms with herbs. It was a stunning meal cooked completely and perfectly on an open fire.
      We shared some drinks and some stories around the fire again before heading for bed at 10pm. Tomorrow we have a big drive ahead of us.
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    • Day 4

      Sun City and 2nd Game Drive

      April 10, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Caught shuttle bus to Sun City this morning- this is an opulent man made town/ resort - built in the centre of an extinct volcano. Consists of a huge casino, conference centre, water park, hotels, golf course etc etc.
      In the late afternoon we did our 2nd trip around the park after the huge storm here last night - roads were very bad but we did see a young leopard which was very exciting as they are quite elusive .
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    • Day 2

      Tag 2 Safari Teil 1

      February 13 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Heute gings auf Safari in den Nationalpark Pilanesberg. Direkt mal um 3.45 Uhr aufgestanden und Abfahrt war um 4.30 Uhr. Die Fahrt war lang aber es hat sich gelohnt! Leider ohne Großkatzen, aber sonst alles was das Herz begehrt! Die Elefanten kamen uns auch sehr nahe grade mal 2 Meter entfernt! Es war ein langer Tag, wir waren dann auch erst um 18.30 Uhr wieder auf der Lodge. Unterwegs haben wir noch spontan ein Chamäleon gerettet, das wurde von so Straßenhändlern angeboten. Jetzt darf es auf der Farm wohnen!Read more

    • Day 3

      Our first night wild camping

      February 25, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      After a very bad nights sleep I woke up at 6:30am and Ellie woke up at around 8am. The people in the chalet next door to us must have been deaf, because there TV was up so load we could clearly hear it in our room. To top it off our room just got hotter and hotter and by 1:30am I gave up trying to sleep and went an sat out by the swimming 25 meters from our room and I could still hear next doors TV. The planes landing and taking off also didn’t help and although they did stop big planes at 1am, at 6:30sm on the dot they were coming back in.
      At 8:30am we went for a cooked breakfast of Bacon, eggs and chips and then had a shower and sorted our stuff out for leaving.
      Pieter and Hilda were supposed to pick us up from our guest lodge between 11 and 12 but by 1pm they hadn’t arrived and slight panic set in, but at 2pm just before the heavens opened they arrived and we loaded up his Toyota Land Cruiser and trailer and off we went. Unbeknown to us another guest had booked to come on our trip 2 days ago an American girl called Becky. So off we went to a different airport to collect her.
      On the way there was a mega thunderstorm and it even blocked the sun out it was so dark and heavy with rain. It took us 2 hours to get to the airport and it should have taken us 30 minutes, but eventually we picked Becky up and we are now a group of 5. Pieter who is native South African, Hilda, from Norway, Becky from New York and us from the UK. All we have in common is adventure.
      Our first stop and first camp is Pilingsberg National Park, and after once again driving through mega thunderstorms we arrived at around 5pm. At the entrance we were greeted by hundreds of impala’s and after Pieter checked us in, he drove us straight to our first camp spot.
      It is a designated camping area and although there are other campers here we feel pretty isolated. There’s even 2 motorhomes just like Wanda. We all unloaded the trailer and Pieter gave us all our tents and camping gear and each of set to work putting the tents up and then putting in the bedding and lights, whoever was finished first went in to help the next person. While Pieter sorted out the fire and food and got the drinks flowing. Already we are becoming a little team. Pieter cooked a lovely meal of South African sausage, with corn on the cob and salad on an open fire and then we all sat around the fire talking talking before finally calling it a day and crawling into our tents at 9:30pm.
      This is it, Our first night wild camping in a tent in Africa!!
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    • Day 3

      Game Drive

      April 9, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Went on first game drive today at Pilanesberg National Park - saw elephants, lots of zebras, hippos at a distance, giraffes, gorgeous little baby rhino with his mum …. …..Raining today so this morning sunrise trip was cancelled 🥱 - so off to Sun City after Brekky 😊Read more

    • Day 13

      3. Morgensafari

      November 1, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Auf gehts zur letzten Safari.
      Nachdem am Anfang wenig los war, kamen dann die ganzen Dickhäuter raus. Ein Elefant war direkt neben dem Auto und hat gefressen.
      Highlight gegen Ende war dann ein Funkspruch über die Sichtung eines Leoparden. Also nix wie hin, und tatsächlich war einer da und wir konnten ihn aus nächster Nähe beobachten. Er lief eine ganze Weile direkt neben uns in ca 5 m Abstand her.
      Nach der Safari Frühstück und auschecken.
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    • Day 5

      Pilanesberg Nationalpark

      October 29, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Am nächsten Morgen hatten wir noch einen Game Drive im Madikwe und haben wieder Löwen, Nashörner und Giraffen gesehen. Danach ging es für uns 3 Stunden weiter zum Pilanesberg Nationalpark. In dem Park darf man selber mit dem Auto fahren. Da man nur auf den offiziellen Wegen fahren darf sieht man natürlich nicht ganz so viele Tiere aber unser Highlight war eine Löwenfamilie mit 3 Babys die ein Hippo Baby am fressen war. Die Hippo Familie hingegen war direkt daneben im Wasser und musste zusehen 😢
      Leider haben wir die Big 5 nicht gesehen, denn die Büffel und Leoparden wollten sich leider nicht zeigen. Aber wir haben dennoch super viele Tiere gesehen und es war eine tolle Safari Erfahrung 😍
      Übernachtet haben wir in einem schönen Resort, wo wir abends noch lecker gegessen haben. Nach einer Runde clever ging es dann auch ins Bett, denn nun stehen zwei Tage mit langen Autofahren in den Süden bevor 🚗
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    • Day 12

      3. Abendsafari

      October 31, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Heute konnte auch Sigrun wieder mitfahren. Es hat geregnet und war weiterhin kalt.
      Wir haben alles angezogen, was wir hatten. Vom Guide gabs noch Wolldecken und Regencapes.
      Wir sind dick eingepackt losgefahren und haben dann im Laufe der 3 Stunden doch einige Tiere gesehen. Es war eindeutig Tag der Dickhäuter. Auch Warerbeasts, Zebras und Giraffen haben wir gesehen.
      Um halb acht waren wir wie immer zurück in der Lodge zum Abendessen.
      Überhaupt war der Tag immer geprägt von 6 Stunden Safari und den 5 Essenszeiten.
      Dazwischen etwas ausruhen auf dem Zimmer, den Pool konnten wir wegen der Kälte nicht nutzen.
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