After leaving the gorgeous seaside city of Cape Town (check out my last two posts!), my family took a plane to our first safari destination on the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. We arrived at the Simbavati River Lodge and were immediately greeted warmly by the staff. The accommodations were so luxurious, we even had a butler! *say what!*
The day bed outside of my tent overlooked the stunning Nhlaralumi River where giraffes were grazing on the far banks. Reading my copy of Shakele Seaton‘s book Floodgates while I watched the tower of giraffes (that’s what a group of giraffes are called!) was the most calming experience.
The lodge took the guests on game drives in the early mornings and evenings when the animals are most active to make sure we got the best chance of seeing them. Currently there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant)! Their website states that “The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of land owners concerned about the degradation of this once pristine wilderness area. Timbavati is dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species and is also involved in different research projects.”
My experience here was more than I could have hoped for. Seeing wild animals – sometimes even as close as an arm’s length away from your jeep! – was absolutely life changing. I wish we could have stayed even longer, but I know I will be back one day!
Top and Sandals: Topshop
Pants and Belt: Really old H&M