Sunrise, Sunset — Life in the South African Bush

| 4/13/2017 11:03:00 AM

Marilyn JonesSouth Africa has so much to offer, including its wonderful wildlife! I spent several days at Royal Malewane Lodge touring Thornybush Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Reserves are open to the national park, allowing access to a much wider area for animals like elephants, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, leopards, impalas, and several species of antelope and exotic birds.



My guide, Noelle van Muiden, and her tracker, Lawrence, traveled all over more than 35,000 acres in search of animals. “There are more than 60 types of mammals, more than 300 different birds, and approximately 150 different species of trees and shrubs,” Noelle explained as we bounced along in search of our next sighting.


Game drives take place early in the morning and late in the afternoon when the animals are most active and the light is perfect for photographing the glories of South Africa. By understanding animal movement and communicating with other guides, as well as Lawrence’s incredible sight and listening abilities, the pair usually had a plan when we climbed up into the truck and set out on an adventure.