Travel Blogs from Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
... can find something we need to buy but did not do too badly. The music in the CNA and Spar were quite loud after the natural quiet of Kruger!
Got back to our camp and our neighbor told us about a leopard kill that was not far from the camp. We got our chores finished and headed over that way. Perfect timing. Of course the word was out and there were several cars pulled up at the site but just as we arrived ...
... came to this area in search of gold and ivory horns. Paul Kruger wanted to protect the animals but it took a decade before hunting was restricted. The area between between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting. It was called The Sabi Game Reserve. Eventually it was named after Kuger.
In 1902, Major Hamilton (a Scot) accepted the post of the first park warden. Hamiton managed to increase the land. Today private concessions are leased by ...
... first safari days at a lodge in Sabie Sands. Gene and Sheena from Calgary had arrived right before we did. After our hearty lunch, we gathered for our evening drive that started around 4:00 PM. After a fairly short drive, stopped to examine a leopard tortoise. Shortly thereafter, we came upon and got up close and personal with eight male Cape Buffalo hanging around a pan occupied by resident hippos and baby crocodile. There is an overnight hide complete ...
... To summarize the way the safari lifestyle works is: you eat, you drink and you look at animals. The days are jammed packed and the schedule is:
- 5:30am - Wake up
- 5:45am - Coffee/Juice/Muffins
- 6:00am - Morning Game Drive
- 9:00am - Coffee/Muffin Break
- 10:30am - Two Course Breakfast (Cold Buffet and order Hot Meal)
- 11:30am - Day Hike
- 1:30pm - Three Course ...
... of the rangers, Zane and Sean. After a few minutes of being dropped off by the vehicle, we came across four white rhinoceros in the bush some 30 metres away, which set the cautious tone for the remainder of the walk. At dusk, upon our return to the lodge, we discretely kept ample distance between us and the resident old male water buffalo that lives at Lukimbi.
All made for a very memorable anniversary.