On a cool winter morning, Stanley (our safari tracker) witnessed one of the most harrowing scenes in his career at Kruger National Park, South Africa. He encountered an elephant, shot and immobilised by bullets to the head, legs and neck – he was not dead and still faintly breathing. As Stanley continued to account this … Continue Reading

The safari morning started like every other one usually does. An early wake up call. A couple of seconds spent thinking “Where in the world am I?“. A subsequent realisation that I’m thousands of miles away from home on safari. A rumble around the villa to get ready. Several cups of coffee, swiftly followed by what was … Continue Reading

… but before we do that, let me show you around our new South African home. 🙂 After hours of searching for safari lodges (and getting distracted by photos and blog posts of people on safari), I finally decided on going for the Kapama Southern Camp (part of the larger Kapama Private Game Reserve family). Lloyd is … Continue Reading

Our safari adventure started in Johannesburg but we didn’t get to see much of the city. We arrived late in the afternoon and by the time we had checked into the hotel, freshed up, gone for a quick dip in the pool and subsequently had to refreshen up again, it was night time so we … Continue Reading

If you’re into Planet Earth (like we VERY MUCH are), then no doubt going on safari will be right up there at the top of your travel list. We’d wanted to do this for so long and eventually, on a Friday evening with wine and friends, while actually planning a vacation to Peru, we took … Continue Reading

First things first – what are the big 5? The big 5 are – African Elephants, Black/White Rhinoceros, Lions, Leopards and Buffalos. I’ve always been fascinated by animals and so the idea that there are just 5 key animals to focus on when you’re on safari is something that I’ve always found to be a … Continue Reading

On our recent trip to South Africa, I took over 3600 photos. And this was me being ‘prudent’ and trying not to take too many photos. The resultant effect of this of course means that as eager as I have been to share with you what we got up to, I’ve barely been able to … Continue Reading

Another day, another safari. You would think the planned nature of the safari drives would mean that the whole experiences lend itself to a certain amount of predictability but au contraire. The very nature of the subjects in question – wild animals, means that no one safari day is ever the same as another. There’s … Continue Reading

…cos let’s face it! You kinda go on safari to see the Lions amirite? Our final day on safari before heading off to Cape Town started a lot greyer than all the other days. Still, it’s gotta be said, grey in South Africa – especially on safari beats grey in London anytime so there were … Continue Reading

After our brilliant first safari, I was understandably excited about the following morning’s safari drive – even if it did mean waking up at 5.00am! I have to admit, especially after going to bed at around 1am the night before – I did struggle for a minute or two with the wake up call, until … Continue Reading