Friday, May 8, 2015

Ice cream at Sabi Sabi in the Sabi Sands. And about looking for cheetah and black mamba.

At the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
in Sabi Sands, South Africa


Ice cream on safari at Sabi Sabi in the Sabi Sands, South Africa So the other day, in Africa, living a #Travelife, we set out with our ranger Michael for an afternoon game drive at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, one of the top game reserves in the world and winner of the highest accolade among safari game reserves for 2014.

The weather was just right, neither too hot nor too cold, and the foliage was still green enough to be attractive.

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ONE RECORD-BREAKING GAME DRIVE

The previous day, we'd had a truly amazing game drive of a day.

When Michael picked us up at the Sabi Sabi airstrip, we'd actually seen four out of the Big Five in the first 15 minutes, just driving out of the airstrip and towards our lodge.

How wonderful was that?


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AN AMAZING FIRST 15 MINUTES
AT SABI SABI


At the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
in Sabi Sands, South Africa

"We can actually go home now," I'd said to him, although of course I didn't mean it. 

We were at the Sabi Sands for world-class game viewing and some R&R away from the urban jungle.

So of course we did all the game drives with him, even if we'd seen so much already just on Day One at Sabi Sabi.


The Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa


A SWEET SURPRISE

But that afternoon, Michael turned to us as he was driving out of the lodge and said: "I've got a surprise for you guys."

At first, I thought it was a cheetah. Or a black mamba.

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I've seen cheetah before but I'm always happy to see cheetah again. As for the black mamba, which is a deadly snake, by the way, I've not seen one yet.

But Michael said: "It's something sweet."

Earth Lodge at Sabi Sabi

ICE CREAM IN THE BUSH

And sure enough, within a few minutes, we were driving up to an honest-to-goodness ice cream stand right in the middle of the bush.

There were rangers manning the stand and handing out vanilla ice cream in colourful cones.

That certainly sweetened things up, on just another wonderful afternoon in Africa, living a never-ending. and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.



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