Garry & Denise - Africa 2017 travel blog




Brekkie at the Safari Club then picked up by Viva Safaris for a six hour drive to Kruger. Stopped for lunch along the way and changed vehicles. Arrived at our first destination of Tremisana Lodge at 4.30, quick checkin then off for an evening/night drive.

Tremisana is on a private game park owned by Viva Safaris. Our first guide is Shannon... unusual to have a female guide but she says they are gradually breaking down the barriers. Her father was a ranger and she spent all her childhood following him around.

Came across zebras and lots of impala, these are also called "african mcdonalds" because of the black markings on their rear that looks like the mcdonalds arches. When it got dark, and i mean REALLY dark, we could hear lots of rustling in the bush. Shannon told us it would probably be elephants. We stopped and waited quietly and saw a baby elephant run across in front of us. Shannon explained this was not good as now the mother and baby are separated and she wouldn't be happy. We had to stay very still and quiet while listening to many elephants rustling about beside the track. When we eventually moved on, there was a young male elephant who was testing us. Shannon kept talking to it until it got off the track and we very slowly moved on. A little scary.

After a couple of hours drive we stopped at a Boma for dinner. This is a clearing under a Marula tree where the Lodge staff have set tables and cooked a Braai (thats bbq to Aussies). Very delicious in a magical setting. Great night now home to bed so we can be up early for our bush walk in the morning.

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