Big game abounds and roams freely throughout this pristine part of the ancient African continent. The diverse habitat is home to spectacular wildlife including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animal species indigenous to the area.
I can tell you, it seemed effortless to spot the Big 5 in the day. I guess, this is what makes the Sabi Sabi experience so memorable. Day and night safaris in open Land Rovers, led by highly trained Game Rangers and qualified Trackers, follow the animals on and off-road, deep into the heart of the wild African Bushveld.
Suddenly he turns off the road and starts moving between the trees, before pointing out elephants enjoying another tree! Here we are, ready with our cameras to click away. And the wild dogs appear after a ravishing drive above the official 40 km/hour. We giggled all the way of excitement most probably.
Finally, Richard drives off and finds an open area. He and the tracker climb off the vehicle and invite you down to stretch your legs. Within minutes a nice G&T is poured and you enjoy your sundowners while looking out over the African sunset.
What made it memorable was all the details given by our ranger while you stop and look at the different trees, flowers and birds. You find out all about their survival mechanisms, medicinal and traditional uses which leaves you with a sense of humility as you begin to understand the complexity of life.
Heading back to the lodge, a surprise boma set up awaits for our final dinner under the stars surrounded by the sound of the bush. The hyenas are still there to greet us good night on our way to our private suite to recover from such a thrilling day.
… Sabi Sabi, we will be back in June!
By Fleur Kimmich & Cécile Castoldi
Read Part One : Let’s step into the the magical bush