Into the jungle
25.03.2017 - 29.03.2017
Keep your hands and legs in the vehicle, the animals you see are real
It's been an amazing trip so far, everyday has been special and now the game reserve.
We take the bumpy ride back to Cape Town Airport and fly to Johannesburg where we over night a an airport hotel. For a brief moment we are back to reality, TV's, good internet and newspapers. It's hard to go from none of that to all of that, so I am trying to avoid CNN. (It's only one night).
What is interesting about South Africa vs the US is that there are people visiting here from all over the African continent. Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malwai, Congo and more. The clothing, accents and languages vary and it's interesting to find out where people are from. Lots of people stay at the airport hotel to make early connections which is why we are here.
We get up early the next day to catch a Federal Air flight to the game reserve. The office is right behind the hotel, so it's super convienent.
We are in a small plane (maybe 20 people) and we take off at 10 am, make one stop and then a 5 more minutes flight to our camp. The plane is more like a bus with short hops and picking up and dropping people off with short turn around so. With little fan fare people come on and off and they take off again. The pilot just has to make sure there are no animals on the run way, and the bags are in the hold and off they go.
The guide and tracker meet us at the air strip and take us to the camp. The game reserve is in Sabi Sands, bordering the Kruger National Park, and the game sightings are supposed to be very good here.
At the camp we get the welcome, with rules and reg's and it seems like it's taking a long time. Rules are things like, don't go anywhere alone in the dark, call for an escort. There is no crime here, but monkey's, a leopard and her cub have been walking through the camp and little bush buck wander around, too. If you stay long enough, you may see all kinds of animals wander through the camp. The monkey's come out when they serve food and sneak up and steal the rolls right off the bread plates. Even though the staff are vigilant the manage to steal food at almost every meal. It's funny and scary at the same time.
I digress, meanwhile we are still waiting and Clive asks if the rooms are ready and Allan starts asking if they know our travel agent, Vicky @ Opulent Travel. The lady we are speaking to is having a hard time with this last question and all of a sudden Vicky appears! We are all so excited and are hugging and laughing and trying to figure out what is going on. She told us she was in Cape Town and we felt badly that she was working and we were having such fun. Vicky had been viewing a property in the area and organized the suprise. She spent the night and came on two game drives with us, it was truly one of the highlights of our trip.
We had so much fun spending time together at this beautiful place and we are so lucky to have her looking after us, helping us find these special places and making sure we are getting everywhere with seamless connections as well.