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Sep 20, 2017 - Johannesburg to Tremisana Lodge

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...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Steven: My Safari (or, Safari So Good)

SAFARI March 12 – 15 It’s early morning, waiting for the night ranger, armed with a very bright spotlight, to knock on our door with our wake up and get ready for morning game drive knock. Crazy early. It’s 3:55 and he knocks at 5, returns at 5:15 to ensure we’re up, for hot drinks and a 5:30 or so departure. This will be our sixth and last drive on dirt roads through these preserves outside Kruger National Park, former farmland that has become a jointly run connected ecosystem of reserves joined by fencelessness to the nationally owned...

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Mar 13, 2016 - Robin's blog: just like in the pictures

March 13 Robin’s blog: Just like in the Pictures WOW!!!!! What a day!!!!!! We are woken up at 5:00 am so that by sunrise we are on the road for our morning safari. Our guide Gerard tells us that it is just luck and being in the right place at the right time. But all the guides share information by walkie talkie and we have a tracker and a guide, so if there are animals to be found we will find them. After a nice ride seeing impala groups, kudu, water bucks, a stork ( that looks like a crabby old man with a big nose and a pot belly over...

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Mar 12, 2016 - Robin's blog: every safari begins with a single step

Every safari begins with a single step Our long day of travel and waiting begain at 4:30 wake up. Two short flights with a 31/2 fr layover in the Johannesburg airport brought us to Hoedspruit, the town near our safari camp. Airports arrival reminded me of sleep away camp pickup. Passengers due planing are greeted by safari lodge staff holding signs with their customers name. White or beige vans wait in front of the one room airport to bring the guests to their destinations. We were met by Paulie who drove us to Chupungu tented camp in the...

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Jul 27, 2010 - First week in the camp

Hey everyone After 3 flights and a 1.5hour drive I arrived in the camp. It is located near the Kruger National Park in South Africa. I came here to work for and with the Big 5 ( Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino) and other animals. So work could be counting animals, cleaning waterholes, maintaining roads, etc. Unfortunately there is almost nothing for us to do. So instead of working from 7 to 12 and from 2 to 5 we wait from 7 to 12 and from 2 to 5 and this “waiting time” is interrupted by some very little things like bringing tools...

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Southern Africa

Feb 2, 2010 - Out of Africa

We have now recrossed the equator and have joined our friends Suzy and Duncan Walker in Dubai. Hopefully we will have a quiet couple of days, as the last few days in Africa were quite tiring, with early starts and no small amount of excitement. On Sunday morning we went to Tchikudu game reserve, where we had the amazing experience of having our morning coffee, and then going for a walk in the bush, with four two year old cheetahs. We had not told the boys that this would be happening and their faces when they saw the cheetahs bounding on to...

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Feb 1, 2010 - The Next Chapter: Port Elizabeth & Safari Adventures

Sunday 24th January A quiet day of just exploring the front at Port Elizabeth. Started with a walk along the beach, which appeared lovely until we came across what looked, and smelled, like a sewer – unfortunately Ally had already walked through the water in front of it, so we had a game of “Ally’s got the smelly touch”, before moving on to the Boardwalk complex. Like a lot of what we have seen in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, this could be straight out of Disney World: it is actually quite disorienting, and teh boys have said more...

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Jul 21, 2008 - 2nd Week at Hoedspruit South Africa

Hi there, How are you doing? I am great. I have just finished my second week at Off-Beat in Hoedspruit. I have learnt a lot. I know how to clean hooves, groom and tack up. My trotting skills are progressing - but I still need a lot of practice! We have also been having lectures learning about the trees and birds local to this area of South Africa. In preparation for our trip to Kruger National Park we learnt about all the animals that you find there. During our trip we saw so much. Not only Giraffe, Impala, Zebra etc but we also saw 4 of...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Horse Riding in Hoedspruit South Africa

Hey There, Well on Monday 7th July I left Windhoek Namibia bound for Hoedspruit in South Africa. The traveling went without a hitch. I arrived to glorious sunshine. The nights are definitely not as cold here. So far we have been learning all about the horses. How to clean their hooves, prepare them for the paddock, groom them and how to tack up. I have also been riding bare back so that Raldie (our instructor) can just our balance - I apparently have balance. Thank goodness. I have also been riding with a saddle; we have just been walking,...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Kruger to Hoedspruit

Another restful sleep but we were up at 6am to leave by 7 for the Kruger National Park today. Mary Ann and uncle Al got up to see us off. Nice! We said our good-byes, hugged and we were off. The Phalaborwa Gate to the Kruger is just a little outside of town. It cost R132 each for the day. It is a very slow drive because the maximum speed in the park is 50km on pavement and only 40km on gravel. We did see lots of wildlife but nothing that was spectacular. Buffalo, elephants, giraffe, wart hogs, many springbok, some kind of hairy necked...

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Dec 1, 2007 - panoramic route and tribal village

We had a very restful night at Mbizi lodge and woke at 0445 to get ready to leave for the start of our safari. Our first day was spent on the panoramic route where we saw spectacular scenery. Our drive was along the Blyde River canyon, which is the largest green canyon in the world! Some of the highlights of this trip were The Three Rondavels (shaped like African huts), God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes (created by centuries of water swirling thru the rapids). Kayla managed to collect items for her scrapbook. She's getting pretty good...

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