Always On My Bucket List: African Safari | Day 1
As a passionate animal lover, it has always been a lifelong dream of mine to go on safari, so when I decided to travel around South Africa for three weeks, it was obvious that this would have to complete my experience.
The scenery was absolutely stunning as we travelled along winding roads, often full of potholes, giving us an “African massage” at the same time.
I decided to go on safari at the end of my travels, which I don’t really know how I came to this decision, but it was nevertheless a great one! After travelling around alone the entire time, it was very relaxing for me to know once I had been picked up for the safari, that I did not need to worry or consider a single thing for four days, as absolutely everything was taken care of. It was great to be able to switch completely off and unwind.
After we had all been collected from various locations around Johannesburg, we headed off on our journey. Kelvin, our driver, did inform us that the first leg of the journey was the most unexciting one, and to be honest he wasn’t wrong. We drove a good few hours mostly along the motorway, until we started approaching the small town of Dullstroom.
The Quaint Town of Dullstroom
Dullstroom is famously known for fly-fishing and although a quaint town, it was a hub of activity. We stopped and had lunch here, which we had pre-ordered on the minibus, so this ensured very prompt service.
Once everybody had finished lunch and had a quick glance around the shops, we got back into the minibus and continued along the second leg of the journey with a new driver. The scenery was absolutely stunning as we travelled along winding roads, often full of potholes, giving us an “African massage” at the same time. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the areas we were passing and always had an anecdote on hand.
Accommodations at Tremisana
We eventually arrived at our first accommodation, Tremisana Game Lodge, which is situated in the Balule Game Reserve and were warmly greeted by a member of staff, who had an ice-cold bottle of water for us all. Once we had been allocated our chalets, we were given 30 minutes to refresh before heading out on our three hour sunset game drive.
We set off and almost immediately saw a herd of impalas! Everybody was thrilled to have spotted them and quickly began snapping away with their cameras. Until Tanja, our guide, told us they are nicknamed the McDonalds of the bush (they have an “M” on their bottom, you find them on every street corner and are fast-food for lions) and that we will not be stopping every time we see a herd impalas – which admittedly, disappointed me a bit.
After an hour, and about 30 photos of various herds of impalas later, everybody had understood what Tanja had previously meant. We’d had enough of impalas and were eager to see something bigger! Our game drive did not disappoint.
We did not only see various antelope as well as a warthog and zebras, but we could already tick off two of the big five: elephants and buffalo. We stopped somewhere in the middle of the bush for dinner, which was a traditional South African braai. The candlelit setting was absolutely breathtaking. I went to bed feeling exhausted, but also incredibly happy and content with such a great start to the safari.