Although it was a little rushed, we were really happy to hear that we had arrived at our accommodation, Woodbury Tented Camp, in time for the afternoon game drive departing at 4pm. We were given welcome drinks and escorted to our 'tents' which I must say, were a lot less tent-like than we were expecting. I think we both expected to be roughing it in the outskirts of the South African wilderness, I think it's fair to say that we didn't have a great idea about what South African safari would entail. In my visions, it was going for days in the bush without as much as a shower and perhaps a single native bushman pinning down electric wires to deter lions from joining you in your sleeping bag. As time went on however, I also found it suspicious that the majority of our fellow tourists as a whole in South Africa were, for want of a better expression... getting on a bit and no doubt appreciated their comforts.
|Inside the tent at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala|
|Animal spotting from the balcony at Woodbury Tented Camp|
|Taken on our last game drive with Ryan after his brother left|
|Solitary bull elephant in Amakhala Game Reserve|
|Mother and baby White Rhino at Amakhala Game Reserve|
|Giraffes enjoying the watering hole at Amakhala|
|Kate and Paul taking a stop at the Amakhala Game Reserve|
|Cheetah at Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa|
|Sunset at Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa|
|Male and female lion at Amakhala Game Reserve|
|Amakhala Game Reserve spans around 7,500 hectares|
On the second evening we were cooked a braai, the South African BBQ that is incredibly popular here. It was delicious and a very social way to cook, we all had our drinks around the fire then the food was presented inside, buffet style. After some perfect weather, we also had a lightning storm that evening which was actually a very cool experience. However there was a rain spider inside the tent waiting for us!
|Preparing the braai|
|Our resident rain spider... eeek|