South Africa Safari Magic

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Some people say that an African Safari is a once in a lifetime chance, others fall in love with the uniqueness of the concept, the sights, sounds and special flavour of the African bushveld. Plus its constant ability to surprise us. And they simply have to come back for more! The beauty of it is that there is so much variety and so many options, it will always be different. From the renowned Kruger Park (which on its own even has remarkable variety of scenery) to the Kalahari Desert, from Hluhluwe Umofolozi in KZN to Madikwe Game Reserve there is so much to see in safari South Africa.

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Carmine Bee Eater Blaauwbosch Kwandwe Buffalo

Here is some feedback from one of our most loyal and fired up about Africa travelers: Libby Hess, from the east coast of the USA, has fallen for Africa in a big way and has been out here 3 years in a row now on Safari. Libby has traveled to some of the furthest corners of South Africa with us. She has visited destinations including the Kalahari (Tswalu), Pafuri (Wilderness Safaris camp), Madikwe, Kwandwe, Blaauwbosch, Sabi Sand and always Cape Town in between. All photos in this post are taken by Libby and kindly shared with us. Enjoy.

Madikwe Wild Dogs

Hartebeest and Jackal, Kwandwe Morning fog lifting, Blaauwbosch

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Libby’s take on Africa:

Each time I set out for Africa, I wonder if it will be a little disappointing, if I have exaggerated the sense of wonder that I’ve experienced in prior visits. But each time there are grand and awe-inspiring moments: an adult male lion striding forth from the edge of a clearing, the very incarnation of raw power. And every day there are smaller events that underscore how much I do not know about the natural world: the barking alarm call of a zebra (shouldn’t a zebra be whinnying?), the bleating sound of a rhino calf (why does a rhino sound like a sheep?), the chattering greeting of wild dogs as the pack reunites, and the quite unbelievable absence of sound other than a mild rustling of grass as 40 or 50 elephant stroll by. Visual indulgences are equally stunning: the color of the new growth pushing through fire-blackened soil, the brilliance of the crimson-breasted shrike, the white belly of the sated cheetah resting against the red sand. Thankfully, I acknowledge each time that there’s no possibility of disappointment; time spent here gives me a tiny understanding of the concept of Eden.

Hartebeest and Jackal, Kwandwe Morning fog lifting, Blaauwbosch

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