Welcome to Madikwe South Africa

20 hours in airplanes brings us almost to our destination … Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, on the Botswana border. My traveling companions this trip are Dawn, my sister Beth, my cousin Gayle and another friend, Edee. Yep … 4 girls and (lucky) me!  Morning, we climb into a rental car and I try and stay on the left side of the road and we make it from Johannesburg in just under 5 hours. Our home for the next 6 nights is Nkurru Lodge. Enough about the logistics, let’s get to why we are here …. WILD ANIMALS !!

After a nice cold beer and a yummy lunch, the five of us head out with our guide Grant, not knowing what to expect.  I’m not sure how future entries of this blog will go, but I thought I would just start out with bringing you along on our first game drive …

We first come across a family of lions, and the 4 cubs begin nursing on the mom. Lots of growling … so interesting. Then they all fall asleep like lions usually do. We run across the male lions in the pride, also sleeping. They wake up (having a bad hair day) and get chased away by a bull elephant in musk. Then a family of elephants walk by within 2 feet of our vehicle.  Back to the lodge for a great meal with wine, and we were treated to two white rhino and one black rhino drinking water just outside our lodge.

This is just a portion of what we saw in the 3 hours we were out on the first day … needless to say, Madikwe did not disappoint.  This was just an appetizer, the best is yet to come.

Here are pictures and video … I left the audio in place so you can hear the growling of the lion and the commentary from our vehicle.  How the cats can stand to lie so near elephant dung, I’ll never understand.  🙂


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