South Africa – Trip 2 – Le weekend [14-16 Nov]

A little birdy told me...
A little birdy told me…

Everyone loves Friday… Yay! And Fridays in Munsieville are fun, because there is often some sport activity organised in the afternoon. Well, that was the plan until a meeting supposed to finish early ran over and only finished at 15.30… So instead we played a few games outside the embassy before making a beeline for home sweet home and the weekend ahead 🙂

On the menu, sack race, ‘book on your head’ race (is there a name for this???) and other quite simple yet fun activities.

Sack racing, Munsieville style
Sack racing, Munsieville style

Sbongile, DK and Elaine were amongst the participants for the sack race… it definitely brings the competitive side of people and despite a few trips and falls [resulting in some very minor injuries that were dealt with promptly with the first aid kit – just so you know!], it was all good fun!!!!

A balancing act
A balancing act

I took part in the ‘book on your head’ contest against Ma’m Saffiera and a few others – I have to say that whilst I was one of the better ones when we did it as part of the Festive games a few years ago, I was no match for Saffiera who clearly either has a very flat head (I checked, this is not the case… 😉 or has had some training in her younger years carrying things on her head… The latter seem to be the reason why no one even came close to challenging her in this contest…. I just had to admit defeat gracefully and take a selfie [as you do…] with the worthy winner!!! 🙂

The winner (and me) selfie
The winner (and me) selfie

After that it was time to go home and enjoy dinner at the Rabbit Hole with Raymond, Eksteen, Mara and Max [Eksteen and Mara’s son… sooo cute!]… The food there is amazing and the company was very good too!!! Good Friday all around!

After a good Friday came a great weekend… Why? Because I was going back to the Shepherds Tree Game Lodge for another stay in the amazing Pilanersberg Natural Game Reserve 🙂 triple Yay!!! I loved it last time… and I couldn’t wait to go back!!! I knew where I was going this time, as I had been there once before [also because Eksteen had helped me enter the coordinates for the lodge in my Sat Nav… I didn’t realise there were several format for coordinates… typical blonde moment there… doh!] and the drive was much more pleasant!

When I got there, it was as if I’d never left, most of the staff remembered me and was super attentive and nice. I have to say that some of the guests were treating the staff just as staff attending to their every need but they are people too, just like everyone else, so I tried to be friendly, to smile, to say hi, to ask how they were and what they had planned for their days off… In return I got TLC [Tender Love and Care… just in case you don’t know what TLC stands for…] of the warm and super friendly kind… ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself…’ stating the obvious once again but it really does work! I was even lucky enough to have Chane as my game drive driver again this time – all drivers are very nice of course… but she was ‘my’ driver last time and I nearly specifically asked to be in her car… but as if it was fate, it just happened!!! Yay! 😉

Zebra protrait
Zebra protrait

I thought that I might enjoy the game drives slightly less than last time because I had already been on a couple of game drives last time but I got just as excited getting in the car as the first time, maybe even more as I knew what I was about to witness… nature in all its splendour!

'Unicorn' lady rhino & friend
‘Unicorn’ lady rhino & friend

And I was not disappointed, we got so close to the elephants we could almost feel their breath [technically it’s the elephants who got close to us… impressive creatures!!!]. We also saw giraffes and white rhinos, your standard impalas and wildebeests, clearly posing for the camera… and a zebra crossing 🙂 haha! Literally though… zebras crossing the road!

Mummy & baby giraffe
Mummy & baby giraffe

November is a great time to go, because you see the babies… And that baby elephant was soooo cute…. so was the baby giraffe… although they are quite big babies really…. if you compare it to humans!

Spot the cute baby elephant
Spot the cute baby elephant

I must not forget to mention that we saw a leopard as it was having dinner under a tree. Well bits of leopard really, bits of head, back and tail as it was munching on its lifeless prey…. Impressive noises, I have included the picture for you to play ‘spot the bits of leopard’ game…

Spot the leopard
Spot the leopard

We had good weather for most of the afternoon/evening game drive, warm and sunny with some menacing clouds in the distance… Until the menacing clouds weren’t so much in the distance as much as right on top of us… and as if the world was just about to end, we got monsoon type rain [those massive drops of rain that make drizzle look like a joke…] and impressive thunderstorms making a lightning show of the clouds… Breathtaking spectacle… if it wasn’t for the fact that we were getting wet even with our rain ponchos… We had to laugh really!!!! The minute we got back to the hotel, it stopped raining… of course!

After dinner I went back to my room and spent some time on the bedroom chaise longue, in the dark, looking at the stars… the sky wasn’t quite as clear as last time but it was still beautiful scenery!!! Then I went to bed, because thanks to the fact that it is now summer… we had to get up at 4.30am… not 5.30am… for the morning game drive. Bonne nuit les petits… 🙂

Aaaaahhhhh baby Impala
Aaaaahhhhh baby Impala

It was soooo hard to get up… but I did…. and it was nice to see the sun rise whilst driving around the game reserve. We were a little unlucky with ‘being in the right place at the right time’ but still managed to see a baby impala which was only a few days old… cute! It was nice to get back, get some breakfast and spend some time sunbathing by the pool. The pool water was still cold but I went in regardless, I had to really! And shortly after that, we had a special guest joining us at the hotel… see if you can spot said ‘guest’ in the picture below….

Special guest :)
Special guest 🙂

We were really having all the fun but it was time to check out and get back to Krugersdorp… I did promise myself to go back, for more than one night next time and the lovely reception staff made me promise I wouldn’t be coming alone this time (or they’d come with me!!!!). Sweet really….

The weather was still nice in Krugersdorp so I made the most of the sunshine there. I also started mentally planning my next trip to South Africa: 4-5 days in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, 2-3 days in Munsieville [how could I not!], drive the Garden route and end in Cape Town…. Perfect! Qui m’aime me suive!!! 🙂

The end….. of a great weekend….

Oh and also, if anyone has a job for a tswana speaking sports commentator, please let me know and I’ll put them in touch with OB… I couldn’t understand a word of what he was saying but all the intonations were there and boy can he speak fast whilst still conveying all the excitement and emotions of the game…. 🙂

Sports commentator OB
Sports commentator OB

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