Imbali Safari Lodge
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We arrived in Hoedspruit, stepped off the propeller plane straight on to the runway and made our way to the terminal building, the smallest airport I've ever been in! We got our bags, picked up our hire car and we were away! It took us 2.5 hrs to get to Imbali Safari lodge, in the heart of Kruger National Park. We met a few "friends" along the way …
... we had lunch on the porch and it was our own mini-buffett. I ate trout and it was OK! Then we went on our first safari drive. The "roads" are really bumpy all the animals use the roads. They are boundaries for the animals, but there are no fences, they just decide to make it a boundary.
We were about 10 feet away from a sleeping mother lion and her two 4 month old cubs. They played like ...
... visited today and replenished supplies.
Then it was time for our night drive in one of the camp vehicles. Keith manned one of the spotlights - we saw a pack of hyenas howling and they crossed the road and disappeared into the bush. The rest of the drive was reasonably quiet - a few sightings along the way.
It was freezing in the truck as there was a cold wind and although we were well dressed, we had to rug up with the blankets on ...
... too risky. It was only a minute or so and it turned and moved on. Incredible.
Dinner was a cultural experience. It was something called a 'boma'. Boma is an enclosure made of latte sticks, has an open fire and traditional food. Impala steak we all agreed was more tender than beef steak. The adrenalin came down to normal levels and we agreed we would make an earlier start than usual to catch the dawn light (best for photography) and had a most restful night.
On our journey through the Kruger, we have had great braai's, super precooked meals from Liz & Carols kitchen and the odd luxury of pancakes or a brunch from Mugg & Bean, who have the franchise for the larger camps at Kruger. Our fridges still had salad ingredients, cheese and cold meat and our freezers were still full of braai meat and cooked food. There was however a little hitch when we arrived at our final camp - Terry's one car battery which keeps ...