Each day there was a certain pattern to our game viewing, in the morning we would go for a game drive, usually to the dam, to see what showed itself. This was done in the Land Rover, an old open top vehicle with very bad shocks, but definitely worth it's weight in entertainment. We'd all pile in at about 7.30 and off we'd go. Morning game drives would not be very long because someone had to get back to the camp to cook breakfast, game at that time of the morning was also rather scarce so it wasn't too interesting.
After breakfast we'd either head off to the River Lodge or just play games at the camp, things like table tennis or pool or cards. In the afternoon we'd go for another Game Drive to other dams and on other trails to see what was visible. Even though it's winter here and the bush is thin, spotting game along the way is rather difficult, to say the least. Please keep in mind that this area isn't the great Serengeti in Kenya but the Lowveld in South Africa. Here we don't have great open plains with herds of migrating Wildebeest and Springbok. Here the landscape is bushveld, scrub and trees as you would know it. In winter the undergrowth dies down and the areas between the trees becomes a little sparser allowing you to spot the game a little easier but just a little.
|a pair of Steenbokkies|
The afternoon game drives tended to be a little longer than the morning ones extending till after sunset. We were able to see the nocturnal creatures coming out like African wild cats (which look remarkably like domestic cats but will tear you to shreds should you corner one,) Honey Badgers, the most fearsome of Africa's animals, even lions give them a wide berth because they are known for aggression. Heyhenas come out at night too as do Leopards and Lions. We never did see any Leopards nor lions, which is a pity, but we did see quite a few Heyhenas, wild cats, and even a pair of Honey Badgers.
I had a great time with a most amazing family.
Thanks to everyone and to my God.