By Request – My Upcoming Safari

I have mentioned on here that I am heading off on safari in August, and I have been asked several times exactly what I will be doing. So, in capturing my inner douche bag by posting this, this is my itinerary for the trip. I just think it’s easier this way than telling each person individually.

I will be leaving Dubai and flying direct to Johannesburg (JNB), where I will overnight in a lodge run by the safari company I booked through. Then, the next morning:

Day One: Hotel pickup and drive to Tremisana Game Lodge where you have time to have a swim or quick rest in your airconditioned chalet. Board the open Landcruiser for an exciting Sunset Drive. After dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner will be an unforgettable BUSH BRAAI deep in the African bush. After dinner continue with the Night Drive and overnight in an en suite air-conditioned chalet. The braai (BBQ) is surrounded by large sharp stones that keep the elephants out. Armed rangers also patrol the area to keep out any other animals not afraid of sharp stones (lions, leopards, hyenas, etc.).

Day Two: Early morning departure for the Olifants River where your armed ranger will conduct an exciting 4 hour walk in the wild. Enjoy this prolonged opportunity to discover the Bushveld’s secrets on foot. You will get a fantastic opportunity to track Africa’s big animals and approach close enough to take a good photo. Return to Tremisana for brunch. After high tea, board the open Landcruiser for a 2 hour Game Drive. Dinner and overnight at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge. This area of the park has large numbers of elephants, some rhino, and leopards. This is Big 5 territory – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo – the animals we all come to Africa to see.

Day Three: Drive to Orpen Gate in Kruger where you transfer to an open Gameviewer. Your guide will show you the varied fauna and flora of this magnificent wildlife paradise. Enjoy a full day of bird-watching and game-viewing. Transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Four: After breakfast, we drive to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for orphaned and injured animals. You will get an opportunity to get up close and personal to lions, leopards, cheetah and hyena. Afternoon game drive at TSHUKUDU Big Five Game Reserve.

Day Five: Another day to experience the wonders and marvels in Kruger. Your guide will take time to assist you in spotting that elusive special animal that you have not yet seen. Every day in Kruger is a novel experience with the element of suspense and anticipation always exciting.

Day Six: Early morning game walk with an armed guard to explore the many animals that inhabit Marc’s. After breakfast, we travel to the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon. We return you to your hotel or JNB airport at around 17h00.

I’ll be staying another two nights in JNB with some friends I worked with in Saudi before returning to Dubai, in time for my birthday!! Still unsure what to do on my birthday. 

My camera is ready, I’ve got two batteries and varios lenses, and bought a lightweight monopod as well. I have got a selection of notebooks as well where I will be scribbling down notes when I’m there. Not sure if I’ll get to WordPress much at the lodge, but I will definitely be inundating you with photos when I get back.

Cheers,

Ger

32 thoughts on “By Request – My Upcoming Safari

  1. Looks like a very interesting and an animal-packed one. We were talking about doing something like this in Africa for next year’s international tour.

    • I would highly recommend it. And the beauty of, let’s say Kruger Park and the surrounding areas is that you can go very budgey and basic, all the way to 5 star luxury. The exchange rate on the South African Rand is good and on safaris, most of your costs are covered in terms of lodging, transport, and food.
      I would be happy to help you find a good trip. It’s kind of my passion.

      • I will hold on to your word then. I have been wanting to do this for quite some time. Got some luck recently to find a couple of like minded friends to commit to it for next year. Let us see. Keeping my fingers crossed.
        Have a good trip Ger and will be looking forward for the photographs and the reviews and reports.

      • The trip isn’t for 3 weeks still but I’ve growing more anxious each day.
        And seriously, I will help you look. This is my 4th one. I love them.

      • I start getting anxious 2 months before the trip. And I was indeed being very serious about contacting you on this. Because I remember reading how you loved your earlier ones and you rather work there as a guide 🙂 So I will definitely check with you on this.

      • I wouldn’t mind, but since that would be my first safari trip you might become more annoyed with me. Fair warning 🙂

      • I am the most laid back traveller you’ll meet. Ask questions, point out every little insect, plant, bird, whatever. I’ll be taking hundreds of photos of things I’ve taken hundreds of photos of before. lol.

  2. Inundate away! Marc’s Treehouse Lodge sounds interesting. Robinson Crusoe-ish?

    A safari has been on my bucket list for years; it’s just never risen into the rarified air where I act upon the possibility. Good on you for executing!

    • A safari was always my dream vacation.
      When I took the job in Saudi, my first vacation was a 28 day trek through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
      I’ve done South Africa another 2 times and this will be my third since that first trip 6 years ago.
      I never get tired of it. Nature and animals never disappoint.

      • While it was not your intent, I can’t help but key off your closing sentiment. Nature and animals never disappoint.

        While fellow humans do. Interesting and frustrating juxtaposition.

      • But I guess that helps keep life from being boring. And I remain faithful that more of my daily interactions will remain positive rather than negative. To me, that is a good day. Not sure if that makes me cynical or not?

  3. It sounds wonderful, and I for one will look forward to seeing your photographs and hearing all about it. I particularly like the ‘on foot’ part and the visit to the rehabilitation centre….

    • So do I. In Zimbabwe I was fortunate enough to do two 3 hour horseback safaris and loved it. It’s great seeing them from the open-sided cars, but there’s something about not being in a mechanized vehicle to get the blood pumping. I only wish I could take some of the photos and try my had and sketching them.

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