I am very excited to be heading off on my first Thornybush & Sabi Sands Photo Safari. This is my final safari of the year and while I start formulating this blog, I find myself reflecting on what has truly been an incredible first year with Wild Eye. I am very fortunate to do what I do and to work with some incredible individuals.
This safari was an idea I had when I started with Wild Eye. This year has flown by and I cannot believe this safari is now just a few days away! Earlier in the year I visited the two lodges and reserves where this safari is taking place and was absolutely blown away by my experience. My thoughts for this safari was to explore the two of the most prolific game viewing areas in the North Eastern Section of South Africa in the Greater Kruger National Park.
The duration of this safari is 8 nights/9 days, the first 4 nights will be spent at Tangala in Thornybush and the Second 4 nights we will be staying at Nkorho which is situated in the Northern parts of the Sabi Sands.
Thornybush was a closed system reserve, which meant that the reserve was completely fenced off from the neighboring reserves and the Kruger National Park, but in August 2017 the fences were dropped. This allows the animals to move freely between Reserves and creates more land for the wildlife. This is very exciting news, not just for Thornybush, but for conservation. Thornybush is a beautiful Reserve with a variety on offer, it is very densely vegetated in some areas with pockets of large waterholes offering for some great bird photography along with plenty of activity late afternoon as animals such as elephants, buffalo and an abundance of general game come down to the waters edge to quench their thirst.
Nkorho, as mentioned above, is situated in the Northern parts of the Sabi Sands and offers huge value as a safari destination. The area is extremely diverse and is world renowned for its cat and predator viewing. This really is one of the best ways to explore the area and although the two reserves are closed together, they are completely different. Combining the two reserves was a no brainer and I am sure it is going to offer myself and my guests some incredible game viewing.
We are now in November, which means that it is our summer. Temperatures in this area of South Africa generally gets nice and toasty from now until the beginning of April. It is also the start of our rainy season. Majority of the rain that falls in this region is through thunderstorms. The normal routine is as follows: The days get warmer and warmer each day and from mid afternoon the clouds start to build up, until one afternoon, the sky opens up and there is a PROPER thunderstorm, which I have to admit, is one of my favorite things to experience when out in the bush(ok not necessarily on game drive but at camp) the colours in the sky, the smell of the rain just before it reaches you and of coarse, the sounds of thunder rolling over the terrain is enough to leave one in aw. All the migratory birds are also back and in the swing of things, so to say there is a lot going on at this time in the bush is an understatement.
I love summer in the bush, especially after some rain. The reason? The bush jumps to life. Yes, winter is a great time of year as well but there is just something about the summer months that is just incredible, the vibrant colors, the beginning of the impala lambing season, in general – there is just and injection of excitement and vibrancy to the bush that is energizing and very special to be a part of.
Would you like a sneak peak at what my guests and I are in for? take a look at my trip report from earlier in the year here.
With this safari, there is so much to look forward to! I cannot wait for the safari to begin and if you would like, you can follow along and see what myself and my guests get up to and see while out on safari as I will share regular update on my Instagram.
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