We can successfully say we have seen 4 of the BIG 5 and it would not have been possible if it weren’t for the amazing tour via Viva Safaris! First and foremost, we’d like to give a BIG thanks to Viva Safaris for accommodating us in the best way. The trip starts by getting picked up at your hotel in Johannasburg (super convienant, and yes they were on time). From there, you’re driven to the Tresimina Lodge in Kruegar park. It’s about 5 hour drive, and you stop for lunch along the way. Upon arrival, the friendly staff welcomes you to your own private Chalet. Each bed in covered with a mosquito net, but fortunatly we didnt get bit once. Once you get settled in, you are scheuled for a sunset drive in a 4 by 4 open landcruiser. Right away we saw a few massive African elephants, as well as lots of impalas. To see the elephants in the wild was very exciting. We even heard a baby elephant call out for her mom several times. After watching the striking African Sunset, darkness falls and you get to cruz around with a powerful spotlight looking for all the nocturnal animals and listen to all the incredible noises!
When we didn’t think it could get better then this, we were taken to a candle light dinner in the middle of the wide-open park. We had amazing African food, good company, and left with a satisfied belly.
Morning came, they provided breakfast and we were on our way to see the BIG 5! My most favorite and exciting day of the Safari trip! We were out there all day and saw so many amazing animals. You are in an open landcruiser so you can get amazing photographs of all the wild life! ( I would reccommend bring binoculars) You would think driving for that long in the hot heat would be exhausting, but it was the most invigorating outing. I felt like I was on an endless “I spy” game. It was awesome! Sadly enough, we only had one day of exploring the whole Kruger Park. I could’ve easily had another day of this.
After the Safari, we were brought to our adorable tree house just outside of the park. We had it to ourselves with a shower inside. It was quite awesome to be in the wild, in a tree house. I mean it looks as good as it sounds! We were warned about an early wake up call of monkeys trying to break in and steal your belongings, mostly food. Luckily, we didn’t see any until we reached the pavillion for breakfast. They were everywhere and of course we loved them! We couldn’t snap enough pictures of the little thieves.
Early morning before sunrise went on a quick hour bush walk through the park. This was more relaxed, educational, and you could see things you wouldn’t ever noticed if you were in the jeep. Lets just say you were one with nature for a moment. It was very interesting to learn about the trees, ants, bugs, etc. Basically, I was just imagining cuddling some lion cubs! After the bush walk we then headed over to our last breakfast.
When we departed Kruger Park we thought it was the end of our journey. NOPE, to our surprise we were brought to an incredible place called Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels. This placed offered magnificent views and my mouth was in awe the entire time as there are lots of photo-opps here! (check out pictures below to get blown away,)
We loved this 3 day, 2 night excursion. All the people we met and the animals we encountered. Not to mention the amazing staff that was provided every day. If we were to do it again, we would opt for an extra day or two. It’s just too incredible.
Thank you again VIVA SAFARIS! WE LOVE YOU SOUTH AFRICA, I can’t say it enough!
Catch ya later,
P.S. If you don’t, now you know the BIG 5- Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Cape Buffalo, Elephants…oh my