Garry & Denise - Africa 2017 travel blog


White rhino and baby


The old lion

Mpogo the house cat

Honey badger

Brekkie at 7 then off to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Park. First an informative talk about the reasons animals come to the park. Often wild animals animals are trapped by farmers to get rid of them but the park is educating them to work with the animals instead of against them.

The park is divided into two sections. One section is not open for the public because the animals have a good chance to be rehabilitated and released into one of the many game parks, but if they get used to seeing humans too often they will become easy targets for poachers. The other section is for animals that can't be rehabilitated enough to be released so we can interact with these. Some were injured, some may have been confiscated from private ownership, or some are destroying livestock so the farmer requests that it be removed and rehomed in a conservation park, instead of shooting them. It seems to be a great system.

Back to our lodge for another delicious lunch by Henry. A couple of hours of R&R on our deck, then off we go again.

Tshukudu is a private family owned game reserve where we were greeted by the family cat....a beautiful cheetah called Mpogo. She is tame around the house but they don't feed her, she has to for hunt for herself. I hope she doesn't get lazy one day and decide one of the guests children could be an easy option! I noticed they have a fenced playground, not sure if it is to keep the children in or Mpogo out.

This park has serious safari vehicles... huge truck things that race around the "farm" like their on a highway. Nothing is an obstacle, except the animals. Saw white rhino, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodile, buffalo, kudo, impala, jackal, springbok and one beautiful old male lion. He is 19 years old which is quite a good age for a lion in the wild. We heard him roar at us.... what a sound!

We have definately seen "The Big 5".

Back home for dinner and meet some new guests. Early night for us as we have to pack to leave katekani tomorrow.

Thanks to our hosts, Char (manager), Nicu (hyperactive guide), Henry (cook and barman) and Margaret (assistant to everyone).

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