Sabi Sands, South Africa – Lions and Elephants and Leopards Oh My!

The Sabi Sands Preserve in Kruger National Park.

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The Sabi Sands are a unfenced portion of the National Park that is privately protected and has some of the most intact animal populations. Including this 7 week old critically endangered White Rhino.

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Our lodge Arenthusa was as close to a literal oasis as you can get. It’s fantastic 4-star service in the middle of nowhere. 3 meals, 2 game drives, high tea, a full bar, a perfect 3-4 day adventure.

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Safari is a whole different travel experience. We had a private room, with a bush patio and private pool.

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You get insanely close to huge wild animals and they don’t even flinch. Leopards stalking prey, wild dogs hunting as a pack, elephants bathing.

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Gotta stop. Herd of elephants are crossing the road.

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My favorite quote from the explorer Livingstone. “Cape buffalo always look at you, like you owe them money.”

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Oh and in between your stopping for a bush cup of coffee or starlight dinner on the open plains or a bush breakfast complete with mimosa’s!

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Basically it’s bad*ss. Lots of our pictures were taken by cell phone, because you’re that close. See the leopards?

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Sadly, the National Park is in a significant draught. The watering hole on the resort had dried up and the 14 hippos living there moved. For us that meant our well pumped private plunge pool was one of the most accessible drinking spots and elephants were constantly drinking from it. Unfortunately, never while we were there. As I write this, Cape Town for the same reasons is facing a water crisis so bad Day 0 of no water is less than 2 months away. Do a rain dance for South Africa.

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