During a recent visit to South Africa, I went on three safaris, the most remarkable of which was the sunset and sunrise safaris at the Garden Route Game Lodge on the N2 in Albertinia.
We experienced two, 2 x hour long game drives in closed top landrovers, looking for lion, white rhino, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, cheetah and an abundance of antelope and smaller mammal species.
We were lucky to see pretty much everything we’d set out to find, aside from one of two cheetahs who managed to capture a springbok the day before, and was most likely hiding under a bush somewhere, paws in the air and with a full belly.
Seeing wild animals, in their natural habitat, free to roam and hunt as they please, was a welcoming sight, so different from what I’d grown accustomed to after 15 years in the UK.
Visiting the zoo makes me sad. In London, its one of the few ways to get close to wildlife, but here, in the Garden Route, I found my happy place. Content in knowing that South Africa’s pride was able to roam unharmed and without threat, and for people like me and so many others to appreciate and admire from a safe distance..