My parents, Chas and I spent a fantastic three days at Mohlabetsi Lodge in the Balule Nature Reserve which makes up part of Greater Kruger National Park. We woke each morning at 5:15 to set out for a dawn safari ride after coffee and rusks, to return for a huge breakfast around 10:00, laze around the lodge during the hottest part of the day, and then set out again about 4:00pm for an afternoon and nighttime ride, stopping to toast with sundowners along the way.
In a full day, we’d be out in the bush for about 7-8 hours total. We’d finish the day with a campfire dinner in the lodge’s boma, listening to the guides tell stories of their adventures in the bush. We left Mohlabetsi Lodge having seen four of the “Big Five” animals (lions, elephants, buffaloes, and a leopard—but no rhinos), among many others. We also left a little more sunburnt, and a definitely fatter—the lodge just does not stop feeding you.
It was such a great safari, and we can’t wait to go back and explore more of Kruger. Did you know that it would take eleven hours to just drive straight through Kruger Park top to bottom without stopping? It’s a giant, wild, incredible place.