Hi my lovely readers,
As some of you may know, I have just arrived back in London from a Holiday in South Africa. Firstly, It was absolutely amazing and I just wanted to put South Africa in my pocket and bring the sunshine home. It was my first time in Africa, which was super exciting as my Mum was born in Africa (Nairobi). I was very excited to be going to the country of her birth and my roots. There was so much to do and see on our trip so I will have four different posts- This one is Wildlife, there will also be Cape Town, Flights and Accommodation and Outfits.
The one thing that struck me about South Africa is the amount of Wildlife that exists there. Where I live in London we do not get to see Wildlife roaming freely often, unless you go to a Zoo where animals are kept in captivity. We just do not have the climate for certain wild animals in the UK. The first place I came across Wildlife was at the Mongena Game Reserve which is part of the Dinokeng Game reserve in Johannesburg, where we stayed a few days. Within the grounds, there are Impalas and Zebras. As soon as I would open my room door there would be Impalas or Zebras outside, it was AMAZING The animals are used to having people around so did not run away if you approached them. They would walk away if they thought you were getting too close.
I grew really fond of this Mummy Zebra and her foal. I would see them together every day and to see how protective the mother was over the foal was beautiful. The foal would run around on its own and the mother Zebra would watch protectively. The reserve has a fence around it, this was to protect us that are staying there but also the Zebras and Impalas that stay within the reserve from predatory animals. Beyond that fence is the WILD.
A Game Drive is where a Tracker and Ranger take you out into the bush to find wild animals. In South Africa there is the Big 5- Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. These are five of Africa’s greatest wild animals. Now I would be happy if I saw any of these animals in the wild in their own habitat, so I was really excited to go on the Game Drives. In total we did 2 game drives. Here is what we saw-
We saw some incredible animals on our Game Drives. We were so close to the Giraffe The one animal that I have always been envious of is the Lion. I was gutted we did not get to see lions on the Game Drives as there is a pride on the reserve. The day before one of our Game Drives, some of the guests saw a kill. Not to worry, we were in South Africa and there is an abundance of Wildlife.
The way we were guaranteed to see a Lion was if we went to the Lion and Safari Park. This is exactly what we did. It was decided that we self-drive through the Safari Park in our driver Dooley’s car. Now if you are a fan if ‘The Lion King’ this is the real version. When driving on the safari route we were advised to keep doors locked and windows up at all times. As we drove in I understood why the security was so tight, there were lions EVERYWHERE! The lions were so close to the car and a few just brushed past us. This was an incredible experience as I had only seen lions in documentaries or in a Zoo. Seeing them feed, play and roam together was amazing.
Now it was time to go and see the Lion cubs. They seriously had the cute factor. They were really playful and did not mind being stroked. We got to film them and take lots of photos with them as each group had a time limit. My favourite picture of the entire trip was a family photo that was taken just as a lion cub pounced! The expression on our faces was of shock and laughter We all wanted to take one of the lion cubs home, but this is obviously not possible.
We also saw Ostrich and a Cheetah which we had not seen yet. I had never seen a Cheetah this close before. They are fast and fierce. We had not seen two of ‘The Big 5’. We had not seen a Leopard or a Rhino, I guess this means I will just have to come back to South Africa
The Wildlife in Johannesburg is Amazing! It has completely fulfilled my expectations on how much wildlife I did see. They also do a lot for the maintenance and care of the animals. The Wildlife is allowed to hunt, live and roam freely on the reserves. We were advised to turn our GPS on our phones of as we took photos of wildlife on our phones, in case poachers hack into our phones and find the location of animals. There is a lot of work going into the safety of Rhinos because poachers are after their horn for Chinese medicinal uses. Hopefully, the security of the wildlife increases and poaching numbers decrease. The thought of this beautiful Wildlife being extinct is sad.
I hope you enjoyed this post For all you animal lovers this is a treat. Let me know if you have spotted any other amazing animals in South Africa or you want advice on where to go. Do get in touch. I am active on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook page and Snapchat (Krupa Around Town) or drop me a comment below. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Town, Flights and Accommodation and Outfits Posts that are coming soon