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Karongwe – Day Two

The next morning the trail camera showed the civet had once again used the trail underneath the tent platform. After coffee and biscuit we were off on another game drive in the Karongwe area. Groups of Impala, male and female Nyala, Wildebest and Zebra raised their heads as we drove past. Ground Hornbills who had spent…


Karongwe – Day one

After a five hour drive our next stop was Karongwe staying at Chisomo Tented Camp. The Karongwe landscape was dominated by a backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains. We were staying for three nights at the Chisomo tented camp in very spacious luxury tents raised on stilts above the ground. Wildlife had free access through the…


Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has become home for many of South Africa’s abandoned or injured wildlife. Since its inception the centre have managed to release over 200 animals back into the wild.  Many however are not able to be released as they are too injured or habituated to humans. Although they have a breeding…


Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

The next morning it was another early start, back to Mapungubwe NP. This time to visit Jackal Hill a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in the 9th century Iron Age, the first known Bantu settlement was established in South Africa. Over time Mapungubwe  developed into the largest kingdom in the sub continent before it was…


Mapungubwe.

After a long but interesting drive to the Limpopo area, we arrived at Mopane Lodge, in Mapungubwe NP. This would be our home for the next three nights. Mapungubwe National Park borders South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is open savannah on the confluence of the Shashe and the famous Limpopo river. The terrain of…


Entabeni Safari Conservancy – Day 3

Our last day at Entabeni and so far we had seen three of the big five, Elephants, Rhino and Lions. The plan was an early start and a search for cheetah. Once again a drive down from the upper escarpment along the narrow precipitous track. The cheetah were thought to be at the farthest boundary…


Day 2- A full day in Entabeni

Our second day in the Entabeni reserve looked to be a very full one with two drives although the weather didn’t look very promising. Plus a visit to the White Lion Conservation Centre and the Pedi Village which were on the lower escarpment. An early 5.00 start was followed by a hair raising drive down the…


Entabeni Safari Conservancy – Day 1

Gys, our guide greeted us after our long, over night flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg. There we met up with the other 12 members of the group and boarded our coach. It was a 4 hour drive up to the Entabeni Game Reserve, the first stop on our trip.  Entabeni is in the Waterberg Mountains…


Lions of Ruaha

On safari in Africa, most people hope to see Lion and most of the time they are rewarded. This is because Lions are lazy, spending much of their time resting/sleeping. Therefore the prides can be located without too much trouble. This is unlike some of the other cats where you have to spend time looking…


Keoladeo National Park

Having spent the last ten days in fairly remote locations, Bharatpur also know as Keoladeo National Park wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We knew that the wetland sanctuary had been created some 250 years ago, initially as a hunting ground for the maharajahs of Bharatpur. There were duck shoots  organised yearly in honor of…