Our First full day at Sanbona Game Reserve

Trip Start Jan 17, 2013
Trip End Feb 01, 2013

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Thursday, January 24, 2013

What a wonderful place, such diverse terrain. One minute it is savannah, then it is mountainous. The tracks we drive on in open topped Toyota Landcruisers are dried up river beds. It is essential you hold on tight as it can be somewhat bumpy to say the least. Yesterday evening we went on our first game drive, we found some white rhino and then tracked them in single file on foot until we were really close to them. We saw 8 in all which is extremely unusual. Then word came over the radio that a cheetah had been spotted with her cubs. We were really lucky to see the cheetah make a kill and then get close enough to see the cheetah and her 4 cubs eating their kill. It was amazing. We stopped for a drink next to some giraffe who were really nosey.

This morning after an early morning wake up call, (5.30 am) we set off on safari again. The other 2 couples who should have been with us decided not to get up so we had a ranger to ourselves who was a young enthusiast who enjoyed driving at speed at every pot hole possible! Having said that, he was amazingly knowledgeable about the terrain, from plants, to beetles, to animals and birds - we learnt loads. We even did a bit of mountain climbing on loose scree to get the most wonderful view of the Game Reserve all 54,000 hectares of it. Interestingly this game reserve is quite young, 5 farms had been bought and they are bringing it back to how it originally was, allowing the Eco system to settle and replenish itself.

He been notified that 2 of the white lions had been seen near the North Gate of the reserve where they killed an eland yesterday evening. Sure enough, we saw the two white young lions (1 male, 1 female) basking in the sunlight. A lot rests on the young white lion as the hope is he will breed with the other tawny lions knowing the white gene will be passed on.

We then passed a female rhino with a youngster of a few months old.
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Nicola on

What amazing things to see! Wow! Am very jealous!!!! X

Jimmy and Eli on

Looks absolutely amazing

Mum on

I am enjoying following your trip. Lovely photos.

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