First Full Day on the Reserve

Started with a nice 5am wake up call.  We met in the lodge at 530am, for a light bite, cup of coffee etc., and off we went in our jeep.

What a great experience it is.  And what an amazing lucky day we had.  I know people who have been out for like 3 days solid, and just seen antelope and zebra for example.  The list was long for us, but lots of different antelope, giraffe, jackals, lion, black rhino even, white rhino fighting, monkeys, numerous birds, buffalo and goodness knows what else. Stopped in the middle of nowhere for a coffee our ranger took along, and a visit to the outdoor toilets ☺️☺️ and on our way again. There are 3 sections to the park, and the lion are separated from the area where the public might be (e.g. The entrance are to the park). Made sense to me !

We got back shortly after 10am for a good breakfast (the food has been great here), and then back to our room for a quick nap 😊😊

At 4pm, we went off again, but included a great boat ride down the river where we say several kingfishers amongst so many birds (I didn’t take photos, as birds have a habit of looking like a pin prick on photos I take). Stopping for a sundowner drink was great, particularly when the giraffes arrived looking inquisitive about us.

The highlights though we’re seeing the elephants visit the water hole for a drink, snack and play, as well as watching lions in full attentive hunt mode (we didn’t see any conclusion however). Amazing experience, and particularly as daylight gave way to dusk, then dusk gave way to nightfall.  The driv back in the dark was interesting as we woke up a giraffe who seemed to be settled in for the night in the middle of our track, and 2 elephant bulls who were enjoying an evening snack.

I took scores of photos, but I’m just not going to post every one of them, as that we be too many.  They will mean something to Betsy and I regardless.

And off to Port Elizabeth

 

Earlyish pick up from the hotel for our ride back to Cape Town.  Sorry to leave that great hotel, but a new adventure lies ahead.

Nice drive to Cape Town airport – took less than an hour.

Tough to see the difference

Checked in for our ‘British Airways’ flight to Port Elizabeth ( was actually a flight to Durban that stopped in PE, so I’m glad I was looking at the flight number when we casually boarded ! It said “Durban” on the screen, and no mention of Port Elizabeth).

Decent flight, baggage arrived quick (I guess as a domestic flight it does), and soon we were in the car on our way to the Kariega game reserve, which was about a 1hr 20min drive away.

interesting drive, seeing how different scenery is in this area.  Arrived at the reserve fated, but still several kilometers to reach the lodge itself.  We’re happy to see warthog and giraffe on our ride up to the lodge.

Very peaceful here. Just beautiful, and our room (a tent!) is amazing, with stunning views over the valley, bath, shower, large bed, mini fridge etc – my idea of camping !!

 

View from our room into the valley

Settled in, and had a nice dinner before bed, and a very early start.

Final Day in Franschhoek

Nice final day.

We took the hotel courtesy ride into town.  There was an interesting local craft market going on which was interesting, plus that had some live music, and drinks/snacks.  It was worth the visit.

We brought a garlic grater we couldn’t live without, some spoons we couldn’t live without and a bag we couldn’t live without.  But it was fun 😊

Had some lunch (there appears to be no shortage of places) , then returned to our hotel to relax and enjoy it some more.  It was a beautiful afternoon.

Finally, had a nice dinner there, before getting up early the next morning to fly to Port Elizabeth.

We enjoyed our time there.  Fantastic hotel, and a great town to visit.