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A South African Safari

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.

Mohlabetsi

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Our trusty guide and driver, Hamilton with our tracker, Lucky

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Sunrise in the bush

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Morning coffee + biscuit break

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impala

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You can’t tell, but this lion is definitely taking a dump.

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elephants

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dead zebra carcass

The lions’ zebra dinner, day one. Lions camp out close to their kill, keeping it safe from jackals and vultures, and feeding on the carcass for a couple of days. We came back each morning and night to check out their progress.

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Full, sleepy lions

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Hamilton and Lucky changing our flat tire—we’re about 100 meters from the lions here.

Lion

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

wounded impala

This was a crazy thing to see—this impala had been attacked recently, but survived and was grazing with her herd unfazed despite the giant wound.

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zebra

hyenas

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Cheeky little hyena

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zebra bones

Zebra dinner, day two.

giraffe

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