Thanda Private Game Reserve

Trip Start Aug 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 25, 2012

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Flag of South Africa  , KwaZulu-Natal,
Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today was a great day for viewing.  Maybe tops occurred late in the afternoon.....we happened on a lioness, bleeding from 2 legs, limping off to lick her wounds.  Blood was under her chin, too.  Not far away, in the bush, was the carcass of a warthog with its hind quarter missing!  Wow, to happen on a kill is rare and a real treat for us.

We were surprised...squirmy in our seats surprised at first! close our Land Rover would get to the animals.  I am a bit sensitive to this, not wanting to interfere with wildlife when I see local killer whale tours get too close to a pod, but here it was all calm.  We seemed to be treated like another animal albeit a bigger one like a rhino.  All animals from lions to cheetahs would let us get about 10-15 meters close.  Shy breeds like gazelles, zebras, giraffes or warthogs would scurry away sooner.  We always gave elephants a wide berth!

The pictures tell the story.  After the morning game drive, we caught a drive to the main Thanda Lodge where Susan had a 2-hour head-to-toe spa.  Mmmmm.  The Lodge is home to several deluxe suites (full of Asians during our stay) although there is an even more plush accommodation on the Reserve: booking the Royal Private Villa, accommodating 10 guests in 5 villas, entitles guests to a private vehicle with a ranger and tracker, a private chef and a personal masseuse.  It goes for just over $6,400 CAD.  Breakfast included...
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