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May 21, 2017 - All around the park

Up at 5:30 after a very chilly night! With the toilet all the way across the camp it was time for innovation during the evening! We got dressed in the dark and headed off to a cool breakfast with everybody shivering - it was in the low 40s or so. But we were all in good spirits because we had slept for the first time on our whole trip and it was going to be a day in Kruger! We headed off at about 6:30 as that was when the animals would be most active. We headed to known watering holes in particular. We at first saw a herd of impalas that...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Blog Nine - South Africa Part One

Blog Nine – South Africa Part One Saturday 27 August 2016 Even though it was a nice leisurely start the internal alarm went off as though we were on safari. The bed was also a tad size smaller than we were used to which probably added to the early wake up. Breakfast was very good with a huge variety and it was eaten in the manner in which it was provided! At 9:00am we were picked up for a half day city tour including the Apartied Museum and Soweto. The Apartied Museum was a huge place with an overload of information starting from the...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Kruger National Park & Johannesburg - 2016

Avec un réveil à 4am, on se met en route pour une journée complète de Game Drive au fameux Park Kruger qui fait des milliers de kms carrés. Tout était à couper le souffle. On a particulièrement été émus de voir jaillir de belles girafes juste à côté de notre véhicule ou voir un troupeau d'éléphants avec leurs petits passer en face de nous. Simplement INCROYABLE!!!! On a ensuite pris la route panoramique pour Johannesburg en faisant arrêt au spectaculaire Blyde River Canyon et ses Bourke's Luck Potholes. Nous étions 4 jours à Johannesburg...

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Mar 14, 2016 - Safari day two. Robin's blog

The second day of safari was not as dramatic as the first, but had many highlights. A family grouping of African Buffalo, about 20, sitting around together ruminating. They lay practically on top of each other as protection from lions. Little birds stand on them and eat the ticks off of them. Another animal in the wild with a face only a mother could love. A large herd of zebra with their backsides to us all swishing their tails. They have very cute backsides. As we drove part we got a great look at some very sweet babies. Lots of joking...

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Mar 17, 2015 - From Swaziland to Kruger National Park

When we awoke this morning early, we were in cloud up here in the mountains, but now the sun has burned the clouds off. We did the reverse Swazi-South Africa boarder crossing rigmarole and met Beverley on the South African side and then drove to our spectacular lodge right outside the Kruger Gate entrance to the Kruger National Park. This is one of those lodges on stilts you read about with lovely open sitting areas, dark wood decking and walls. You really feel you are living in nature. By the way Scott and Amanda, Londalosi, where you...

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Feb 18, 2015 - Final safari drive and a surprise

On our final bush drive we came across a pride (3 male/2 female) of lions relaxing at the end of an air strip below Sr. Richard Branson's lodge. Viewing a pride with male lions is an infrequent sighting and our ranger guide Mike was ecstatic! This was our 5th and final drive and we soon departed for the airport to fly south to Cape Town. Our safari at Idube Lodge was an experience of a lifetime and one we will never forget.

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Feb 15, 2015 - Arrived at Idube Lodge in South Africa for our safari

We arrived at Idube (means Zebra) Game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa for our 3 day safari after dark. Idube has 10 chalets on the property and they have about 16 guests during our stay. The rooms are large and have a full bath. Our days start at 5am and we have our first game drive at 6am. After we return about 930a it's on to breakfast followed by a 2hr guided bush walk. After lunch, our evening safari is at 430a and dinner is scheduled around 830p. There is very little downtime. Although the Internet is SLOW, food is...

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Jan 21, 2015 - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kelby and I decided to take 2 days of our holiday to spend time in the Kruger National Park. Two full days off driving and we had the remarkable opportunity to see some spectacular wildlife. Unfortunately we did not get the opportunity to see any wild cats, but the wildlife we did see were just as rewarding. I highly recommend anyone who has the chance to visit the Kruger National Park, do not think twice, and give yourself plenty of time to see as much as possible as the park is far more vast and diverse than I had originally thought.

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Feb 19, 2014 - Good bye Tanda Tula

Our safari experience at Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was nothing short of being spectacular, thanks to the abundance of wildlife but just as important ....the management and staff who provided excellent service and who truly made us welcome! Their engaging smiles and genuine laughter made us feel part of the Tanda Tula "family" and we would highly recommend this experience to anyone. Thanks to...Scotch and Given for treating us to a fantastic African Safari experience. We hope to see you again. Thank you...

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Feb 19, 2014 - Black Mumba and the Dueling Giraffes

The Black Mumba And the Dueling Giraffes Peter Collins, our excellent and personable tour guide for the first 8 days of our South Africa trip told an interesting story about his harrowing encounter with a black Mumba, one of the world's deadliest snakes. It's name is derived from inner lining of it's mouth which is completely black in colour. People say that the last thing that you see if you are struck by a black Mumba is the colour of it's wide open mouth ...I mean literally the last thing you see! Old African wife' tale? Maybe ? But I...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Afternoon in the savannah in search of the white rhino

Afternoon in the savannah in search of the white rhino So far in our travels we had only seen one white rhinoceros, one of the much sought after of the big five. As we got settled into our seats in the Land Rover, our guide Scotch announced that we were going far south into the savannah, a much different type of terrain than we had experienced so far, in search of the elusive white rhino! We drove some considerable distance away from the confines of our compound. The bush like surroundings slowly gave way to wider open flat areas which...

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Feb 18, 2014 - "It can't get any better!"

It Can't Get Any Better! After last night's African sunset we all remarked that it can't get any better than this! But amazingly it did on this morning's game drive. Up again at 5AM we were on the road at the crack of dawn. We seemed to become familiar now with some of the trails. Within minutes of turnIng down a less frequently travelled track, two rather large spotted hyenas came loping down the path towards us. We pulled over and they silently slipped by us. We travelled further afield with a beautiful sunrise to our back. We approached...

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