A Safari can be Exhausting, but Well Worth It: African Safari | Day 3
On day three, the schedule was to spend the entire day in the Kruger National Park, which is about a 30-minute drive away from Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.
The day started out very overcast, but we were hopeful that the cloud would lift, especially after the glorious weather we had enjoyed the previous day. Unfortunately, it remained a very grey and exceptionally windy day, which none of us were really appropriately dressed for in the safari bus. Hence we shared all the jumpers, jackets and scarves we had and stopped for a few tea and coffee breaks to warm up as much as possible. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable, but exhausting day.
The Kruger Experience
Kruger is such a vast space and spending the entire day driving around, intensively staring into the bush for hidden animals is more mentally exhausting than what I had ever imagined. It was well worth it though, as in addition to all the animals we had previously seen at the Balule reserve, we also got to see a tortoise and two white rhinos, thus completing four of the big five! Now we only had the leopards to find, which was easier said than done, as they were very elusive that day.
At Kruger, we stopped for lunch at one of the main buildings in the middle of the park, where there were two different restaurants, a gift shop, information centre and toilets. I really enjoyed Kruger, although it was a completely different experience to the Balule reserve.
At Kruger, we were mostly driving along tarmacked roads, which I somehow hadn’t expected, however the park is so vast, it’s amazing that as far as the eye can see, there is only nature and wildlife.
Balule on the other hand offered off road driving, charging up and down steep hills in the thick of the bush, which was very thrilling. It is, however, a smaller reserve and obviously felt more enclosed in, in comparison to Kruger.
Therefore, I personally found it great to experience the two different types of reserve. Once we had returned to Marc’s Treehouse, we all had dinner together and enjoyed our last evening together as a group by drinking shots of Amarula. In addition to sighting so many beautiful animals, I felt really lucky to have shared this experience with a really fantastic group of people, with whom I am still in contact with via social media.
We were all of different nationalities and ranging in age from 16 to 50 years. Considering that we were all such a mixed bunch, we not only had a lot of fun together, but also looked out for one another.
Travelling as a Single Female
I was worried as a solo female traveller, I might be the only single person amongst loved up couples staring into the sunset. Thankfully, this was not the case at all! In our group of nine, three of us were travelling alone, whilst the rest consisted of one couple, a brother and sister, and a father and daughter. Moreover, we were all of different nationalities and ranging in age from 16 to 50 years. Considering that we were all such a mixed bunch, we not only had a lot of fun together, but also looked out for one another.
That’s it for today!