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    • Day 10

      Tag 10 letzte Tag

      February 21 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Der Nachtrag folgt erst heute da gestern alles etwas durcheinander war. Es war nicht klar wann oder ob überhaupt unser Flieger geht nach dem Streik hier in Deutschland.
      Erst haben wir ein letztes mal die kleinen gefüttert und danach noch ganz normal den Jungs geholfen, wieder Hühnchen holen und danach Gemüse.
      Später stellte sich heraus unser Flieger geht aber mit 4 Stunden Verspätung!
      Wir haben nachmittags dann aber nichts mehr gearbeitet nur noch ein letztes mal mit den kleinen gespielt!
      Un 16 Uhr gings an den Flughafen, lieber etwas früher, aber war ok. Mussten dann lange aushalten bis 23 Uhr. Dann gings nach Deutschland. Vorher gelandet bei 9 Grad und Regen, was für ein Kontrast!
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    • Day 7

      Tag 7 Sonntag ist kein Ruhetag

      February 18 in South Africa ⋅ 🌩️ 36 °C

      Heute vormittag hatten wir eine Versorungsfahrt der anderen Art! Das war nix für Vegetarier! Unser erster, und harmloser stopp war zum tanken, Kanister füllen. Danach ging es zur Abholung zweier toter Rinder. Darauf folgten drei Sammelstellen für Hühner. Bei zwei wars ok, die dritte Station war eklig, unten drin waren die schon gammelig. Aber ich denke die müssen hier nehmen was sie bekommen, auch wenns net immer so toll ist. Nachmittags mussten wir dann noch helfen beim zerlegen der Rinder und es kam noch ein pony dazu! Später gings dann direkt zur Fütterung der Raubtiere!Read more

    • 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 1

      Tag 1 Ankunft und Fahrt zur Lodge

      February 12 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Wir sind pünktlich in Johannesburg gelandet und auch direkt abgeholt worden. Wir haben noch einen kurzen Zwischenstopp zum einkaufen gemacht, dann gings weiter auf die Lodge. Die Landschaft ist wirklich sehr schön und gerade auch sehr grün, da es die letzte Zeit viel geregnet hat. Der Weg wurde aber immer schlechter, zum Schluss nur noch Schotterpiste.Read more

    • Day 5

      The 800km Drive

      February 27, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      This morning everyone was up at 5:30am, we had breakfast early with a couple of extra strong coffees and then packed up our tents. Today is moving day and we have a huge drive ahead of us.
      Pieter said ideally he’d like to be packed and ready to leave by 8am, but by 7:30am we were already on the road.
      We had a choice of driving a direct 800km drive to our next destination or stopping at 1 of 2 camping lodges Pieter already knew. We decided to go for the whole drive and every couple of hours Pieter would stop and check that we were ok and asked if we wanted to carry on.
      Apart from the towns we passed through there was absolutely nothing except a long straight road and I do mean long. Once we got away from all civilisation there was nothing but green fields and the odd small bush for about 300km. It was the most boring road, and drive ever. To top it off there is no radio in the car, and despite us checking before leaving the UK, there is also no real way of charging anything like phones or batteries. If we have electric we do have an extension lead but last night we had no power and Pieter said we could charge stuff in the car. However the car only has one working usb and there’s 5 of us. I’m beginning to realise that Pieter is a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy, that likes to drink a lot and smoke dope, I wouldn’t say he’s disorganised but this is definitely his trip and we are just along for the ride.
      We drove and drove, through small towns stopping if we needed to stretch our legs or needed the toilet and then went on again and to make things worse the outside temperature reached a whopping 41°c .11 solid hours of driving, Pieter is a machine when it comes to the road, and eventually we ended up at our destination at 6:30pm.
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    • 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 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 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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