There are loads of photo's in this post, but I really didn't want to leave any out at all ......
A few days of our holiday in South Africa was spent on a game farm owned by my Niece, her husband and his family, in the
Dinokeng Game Reserve.
Dinokeng Game Reserve.
We stayed in a game lodge that had literally been completed a couple of days before we arrived. It was originally an old barn that was converted into a three bedroom lodge.
We were the first guests to stay and it was very luxurious and spacious.
I am African, and have lived in South Africa for all my life, but I never ever tire of seeing animals in the wild, so when we went on our late afternoon game drive
I was thrilled to see so much - it doesn't matter how often you see animals in the wild it is always exhilarating.
We saw so many different species of buck,
Tsessebe, Nyala, Impala
and a large family of Warthog (my favourite animals)
We also caught a glimpse of Zebra in the distance, so exciting.
The only trouble with going on a game drive is the low branches that you have to be aware of, not just because of the danger of the branches scratching you badly, but because of the spider webs and the spiders, specifically Golden Orb Spiders, that land on you - it gave me the heebie jeebies.
The evening brought heavy clouds and a thunder storm that you only get in Africa.
All the rooms of the Lodge had large French doors opening out onto the wide open veld (open fields) and luckily they were all fitted with security gates and the large windows had substantial burglar bars, so we could leave the door and windows open all night.
Mostly on the Highveld the nights are a little cooler than the day and there was a cool breeze through the room, which made sleeping a little easier and really what better than falling asleep to the sound of thunder and rain on the zinc roof and the Jackal' s coughing close to the house, it was lovely.
It was seriously hot while we were there. The day we arrived it was 35 degrees and climbed daily until it got to 38 - very hot indeed!
Friday morning dawned bright, fresh and clean after the rain so we went off really early on another drive, this time we saw the Zebra close up
and the three young Giraffe
The only thing we did not see were the Lions and resident Elephants.
Such a wonderful few days