exploring - nambiti game reserve, south africa {part 1}

Friday, 20 March 2015

On our way to Australia last December, we had to travel through Johannesburg in South Africa (either that, or via Amsterdam, and I didn't fancy going so far in the wrong direction!). We had to buy 2 seperate tickets, and talked about the option of staying over for more than the neccesary one night. Christian suggested we should go on safari somewhere.

After looking for somewhere close to Johannesburg, we stumbled across Go Safari, who organised the whole stay for us, including transport from Jo'burg to the game reserve. Perfect. They were really helpful, finding us an alternate safari when our first choice turned out to be fully booked. They arranged a stayover at the family friendly Cheetah Ridge Resort, in Nambiti Game Reserve, which is in the Kwa-Zulu Natal of South Africa.

We arrived in Johannesburg late at night, and Susan and Glen came to pick us up the next morning from our hotel. They told us all about the history of South Africa and the area while we drove through the most spectacular countryside. Low, rolling plains, punctuated with the amazing Drackensburg Mountains.

After a four hour drive, we arrived at Nambiti. There was time for lunch and a brief swim in the pool before heading out on our three hour game drive. We were the only guests there, and had the car and ranger to ourselves. It was perfect. Plenty of time to stop and look at the animals, without having to worry about disturbing other guests. We saw many of the most important animals on our list.
After driving around for about 2 hours, we stopped for an evening snack. We enjoyed some local delicacies, and headed back to the lodge, spotting some hippos on the way. The kids were a bit disappointed we didn't see any hyenas, but we agreed to have a good look the next day.
When we arrived back at the lodge, dinner was waiting for us. At Cheetah Lodge, they pride themselves on being family friendly. We felt really welcomed with our kids, and they didn't mind that the kids lay on the zebra skin rug playing with their schelich animals while we ate dinner (8.30pm is a little late for them to eat, and they stuffed themselves on snacks at 6.30pm!).  We went to bed early, in anticipation of our 5.30am start the next day!

I'm looking forward to sharing day 2 of our safari next week!

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