I know, I know we have been back from South Africa for over a month and I am just now posting the safari pictures.
After our few days in Johannesburg we drove about 6 hours north to Pilanesberg National Park (disclaimer: for the normal traveler it will take 2 hours, but we like stops). We stayed at Buffalo Thorn Lodge in the Black Rhino Game Reserve and I must say, other than the wedding of course, it was the highlight of our trip!
We got up at 5:00 am every morning for a 5 hour game drive, then relaxed by the pool until it was time for our evening game drive.
According to our game driver, were were EXTREMELY lucky to see all that we did and that our next trip will most likely suck because it will never be that good again! Kind of a downer but still cool!
Here are a few pictures of our 6 hour journey, the lodge and the animals.
Brandon got "iced", google it...
Grocery stores are so much fun in foreign countries! We went overboard but don't worry the dollar goes pretty far over there!
15 passenger van, no air conditioner, long drive....
The first of the "Big Five" (called the Big Five because they are the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt)
Big 5- White Rhino
Big 5- Leopard
The most amazing outdoor shower to date.
We could see the animals from our pool deck
Big 5- Lion