South African Adventure – SAFARI (Day 1)

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We wrapped our first week with a day of relaxation because we were spendingthe next three days at Pilanesberg National Park on a safari.  We were booked at a lodge for two nights and scheduled for three games drives.  Two afternoons drives and one sunrise drive.

Pilanesberg is 572km squared of mountains and plains.  The park was named for Chief Pilane of the Twasne tribe.  It is home to over 10,000 wildlife.  Since the early 1990s, with the tourism boom in South Africa, the area has blossomed in to a thriving site seeing adventure.

We were picked up around 10:00am at Sam and Mike’s house and driven out to the Manyane Lodge, where we were booked in to a private chalet for two nights.

Our first drive was scheduled to leave at 3:00pm, which meant we were not going out on a sunset drive, but still we had high hopes to see plenty of the wildlife roaming around the park.  Our hope and goal was to see all of the big 5 – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Water Buffalo and Leopard.

On our first drive of the trip we were greeted by many a  water buffalo, klipspringer, and impala. Klispringer, Imapala and Zebra were the animal of the day.

On this drive we also got to spy a lioness and some cubs.

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The vistas and landscapes surrounding our jeep were phenomenal!  I was in awe at what we were seeing.  The land went on forever, and somewhere within the grass and hill and mountains were the animals we were itching to see.  But we were on their schedule not ours.

Day one ended as the sun started to set, but happiness was apparent between Jess and I over what we just experienced.

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