Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa – September 1-3 – Our easy departure from the beautiful Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg was on to Lanseria private airport where we were united with our beautiful private jet. Our fun crew welcomed us on board with chilled champagne and delicious canapés. Gifts from Lakani were on board and then we were quickly on our way north to Kruger, a very short 35 minute flight.
We transferred to our smaller safari plane, the usual African ‘work horse’ of the skies a Cessna Caravan. We were landing over the backs of gazelles about 20 minutes later. Our Safari guides and trackers met us at the airstrip in their open-top 4×4 jeeps. We were on our way on safari.
Singita is a 40,000 acre private wildlife along the western border of Kruger National Park. This is one of the most renowned safari properties of South Africa. We stayed at the Singita Boulders Lodge, large luxury villas, almost all glass, with enormous wood decks and private plunge pools spread along the scenic Sabi Sands River. Elephants in the river greeted us on arrival. A large crocodile lay out on the sandy bank basking in the warm sunshine right under our dining deck.
Each day our jeep Safaris started at dawn and amazing adventures awaited us. Our Safari guides and trackers have exceptional wildlife knowledge and their ‘eagle eyes’ and tracking skills ensure that no animal nor bird goes unseen. Within our 2 days we saw a great variety of wildlife ‘up close’ … especially the big cats (leopards and lions) and elephants and rhinos. Exceptional experiences that filled our days. We were never deterred from getting out on game drives. Some of our group enjoyed late morning bush walks and others bush bike riding. After our late afternoon game drives, and following our celebration of the sunset with traditional African “sundowners”, we would drive on into the night to see nocturnal species.
The fine dining experience at Singita Boulders is renowned and with good reason. As well, the lodge has one of the finest and largest South African wine selections for our guests to enjoy. The international trained chefs ensure that the gastronomique experiences of Singita almost rival the wildlife adventures.
So, we were rather loathe to leave Singita … why ever leave such a luxury African adventure paradise? Well, there’s a lot more adventures to be had in Africa and we’re explorers … so it’s time to move on and find our next intrigue, namely Dr. Livingstone’s great 1800’s discovery, Victoria Falls. Farewell sweet Singita, Mosi ya Tunya (‘smoke that thunders’) here we come …
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