Location: Cape Town -> Hoedspruit (Kruger National Park)
We awoke this morning at a slightly more reasonable 6:00 to do the last of our packing, get breakfast and catch our transfer to the airport. There we took a 2.5 hour flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit.
From there we took a 40 min ride in an open air jeep, to the Thornybush private game preserve just outside of Kruger National Park. We signed in at the main lodge, then took another transfer transfer to the Serondella Lodge.
Even though this was meant to be just a transfer, it served as our defacto first game drive of the trip. En route to the hotel we saw:
And much more!
We were greeted by the staff at the lodge with beating drums, cold towels and welcome drinks. This is gonna be a fun trip!
The lodge we are staying at is quite small. It can only accomdate 8 guests at a time, and each couple has their own seperate strucutre to reside in. Ours was very spacious!
The lodge has a few common areas were visitors can watch the animals in between game drives and hikes. We saw water buffalo chilling in the water hole behind the main building.
We got settled in, then had afternoon tea with the other guests at the lodge. There we also met our ranger, who is named Chewie (yes, as in the wookie), who is fun and knowledgeable man. Following tea, we went out on an evening game drive. We got to see:
And the highlight, a group of elephants!
We watched the sunset out in the bush, with snacks and drinks, then looked out for nocturnal animals. We didn’t find any tonight.
For dinner we had a braai (South African bar-b-que) dinner with Chewie and the other guests around a fire pit. Good food, great service, and pleasant company. We turned in early to edit photos, write this post, and prepare for our 5:00 am wake up for tomorrow morning’s game drive.
Total steps: 9,108
Total animals seen: TNTC (too numerous to count)
Total animal species observed: see above pictures