The Big 5.. And More.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

Everyone wants to spot the Big Five when they go on a safari trip. The Big Five refers to the five animals in Africa that are the most difficult to hunt on foot. They are the most ferocious when cornered and/or shot at. And they are the African Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Black Rhino and African Buffalo. In this trip, we were in great luck and saw all Big Five. But for me, the excitement of a safari trip is not just about spotting the Big Five, it’s about the heaps of interesting encounters and the other “not so famous” animals that we get to see. Like seeing a male lion with an injury. He must have had a fight with one of the other five lions we saw. My favourite part of a safari trip is interacting with elephants....

A Walking Safari?

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

I recently found out that there were such holidays as a walking safari. People would WALK instead of sit in a landrover and be driven around. Walk? Are they crazy? That was the first question that came into my head. I half swore I would never do it. What if we ran into an elephant, buffalo or lion? It’s true, what they say.. never say never. In our most recent safari trip, I found myself with a very enthusiastic and gung ho guide and a very excited little gal. That combination and the sounds of lions roaring in the background landed me on my feet on the ground. Yeap, hunting for lions. It was exhilarating to be walking, knowing that all kinds of wild animals could be around us. We were to walk in a single file behind the...

Klaserie Nature Reserve – Nzumba Lodge.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 in Bing, South Africa

If you’ve followed my posts on our first safari trip in June 2011, you would know that we loved the place we stayed – Kitara Lodge at the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. In fact, we had such a good time that we decided that we would take our gal there when she was here. And this time we stayed at the Nzumba Lodge, which is managed by the same team of people. Nzumba Lodge is less upmarket than Kitara but it’s just as wonderful and even cozier. It’s perfect for families or a honeymoon couple. The lodge rooms are beautiful, just like Kitara’s. Our bed was actually two queen beds joined together. It was huge! And it faced the windows. We got to wake up to views of the beautiful landscape out there. There were TWO bathrooms. One with...

Giraffes.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

My favourite animal is the giraffe. Check out those lashes. I bet no eyelash extension job can beat those! Giraffe parents are super cool. Unlike the elephant mommy who guards Baby Jumbo like a hawk and starts throwing a fit when he even so much as steps away a little, the giraffe parents are way more relaxed and give their kids plenty of space. If you spot a baby giraffe, you’ll usually see a mommy and daddy giraffe lurking nearby. The parents don’t panic when landrovers drive by or start chasing us. But then again, if you piss off a giraffe, you’re pretty much screwed. You need Flash to see this! Click here if you are using iPhone/iPad and can’t see this picture.  Those are powerful legs, okay. One kick and you’ll be flying like superman. Or worse, if...

What Is A Safari Trip Like? – Part 2

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 in Bing, Nature, South Africa

Continued from What Is A Safari Trip Like? – Part 1.. Seeing the animals was fun on our safari trip. But the best bits of the trip were the breaks we took in between drives. For morning game drives, the highlight of the drive was the stop we made every day for Morning Tea. It was freaking fun to park in a nice spot, set up a nice table and make hot drinks. On a cold morning, that mug of hot liquid was like heaven. Actually honestly, it was a mug of heaven because of what they added in it. A bottle of Amarula in every mug of coffee. Wahaha! Amarula is South Africa’s version of Baileys. It’s freaking good. I seriously looked forward to that mug of liquid heaven at 9am in the morning. That and some nice...

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