Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Game Drive

I had the privilege to go on a game drive with guests over the weekend; as Executive Chef I do not get to go on game drives nearly as often as I would like to. Shortly after leaving the lodge we found ourselves in the middle of a breeding herd of elephants; good news for those of us who love cute, cuddly and awkward baby elephants! We saw the three 3-week old calves and to watch their interaction with the rest of the herd and how protective all the females were, was beyond amazing.

As we continued with our drive, the general game viewing was excellent; Red Hartebeest, Zebra, Warthogs and Ostriches to mention but a few. We also saw a Golden Orb Web Spider. It’s not the largest of its species, but makes the largest and strongest web. It gets its name from the golden colour of its web.
We stopped for sun-downers at a section named Valley View. It is a quiet peaceful location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The views of the surrounding valley from this idyllic location were stunning and photographs do not do it any justice.

On our way back to the lodge we saw a herd of African Buffaloes. They were happily grazing and after noticing us they ambled away out of sight without any concern. The game drive left me with a renewed passion and love for the bush.Come spend time at RiverBend Lodge and experience the natural beauty and exquisite game of the Addo Elephant National Park.

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