Idwala Game Lodge
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Its no secret how much I love cats, from my little Tabatha at home, to the big cats on the reserve. And we're so lucky that we get to see lions, cheetahs and a leopard during our time here at Shamwari Conservation Experience - and that's even before we get to Born Free.
Our days at the Shamwari Conservation Experience continue with a mixture of early starts, hard graft, education and game drives. Tasks range from cleaning out the animals' waterholes, a messy, soggy job under the hot sun to clearing the bush back from the roads. The latter makes it easier for the rangers to get through and help them spot any animals close by so they don't run them over and also for the benefit of the guests at the 5* lodges on the reserve who are paying more ...
Time for the real 'gap year' experience. Having been to Pumba, a luxury game reserve for a few days on our last holiday to South Africa, we were keen to see a different side, learn more about the animals and countryside and well, to do something a little bit more useful. After 5 months of doing not very much, it would be good to get our hands dirty. And that happened very quickly at Shamwari Conservation Experience.
Part of the renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve, ...
... later this morning. I hope the wind does not whip up for them.
Dave reviewed my list of birds and noted that I have missed recording 23 of them to top my list out at 75. So, here are some of the ones that I had seen over the past few days and may have not mentioned: Southern Boubou, Ludwigs Bustard, Cape and Reed Comorant, Black Cuckoo, Cinnamon Dove, African Black Duck, Cattle, Great White and Little Egret, Rednecked Francolin or Spurfowl, Black Crowned ...
A very early start to the day, 5:45 call, for 6:30 departure on the early morning drive. First big find of the day were a small herd of elephants, munching their way through the undergrowth, huge animals passing within a few meters of the vehicle, mothers and calves. Lots of impala, warthogs and other wild life in abundance. Second big find of the ...