In September 2014, we went to South Africa. We were staying in a luxurious lodge in a reserve called Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill, situated in Vaalwater, three hours north of Johannesburg. The trip was a riding holiday, where you took part in horseback safaris. Being on horseback enables you to get very close to wildlife without starling it. We stayed in Ant's Hill for a week.
Read all about my trip below.
South Africa 2014 Blog Posts
Blog posts displayed in chronological order.
After around 24 hours of flying and airport stopovers, followed by a 3 hour minibus journey, we finally arrived in South Africa! We flew from Manchester to Dubai, had some amazing sushi at the airport, and then flew to Johannesburg. I felt dreadful but was so excited to be in South Africa... Read more.
MONDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2014
The next day we were up early. Breakfast was delivered to our lodge which was lovely. After breakfast, I got ready for my first horseback safari. When we arrived at the main lodge, the horses were tacked-up ready. The horses roam free across the reserve and are caught early in the mornings... Read more.
TUESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2014
That afternoon, after my first horseback safari, we decided to go on a game drive. We jumped into the open-backed four-by-four and headed out into the bush. It wasn't long until we saw a family of giraffes striding elegantly through the long yellow grass. They stopped to look at us but were mostly relaxed as they... Read more.
TUESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2014
On my second day in South Africa, I woke up feeling a little sick - likely sleep-deprived. Therefore I couldn't take part in the morning ride. I had a nice lie in and casually woke up and ate breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, I was taking part in a ride. After assessing my riding skills the previous day... Read more.
WEDNESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2014
I decided that in the afternoons I would take part in a riding safari but the mornings were time to relax and that's just what I did. On the morning of our third day, we decided to explore a little on foot. We hadn't really walked around our lodge and had only stuck to the path leading up to it. So, we climbed down from our... Read more.
THURSDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2014
Over the course of the week, I started to fall in love with my horse, Kilimanjaro. He was just so lovely and fun to ride. I also love his colouring. He must have some Appaloosa in his bloodline. I rode him every afternoon for the working week, Friday being my last day with him. If only I could have taken him home with me... Read more.
SATURDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2014
On Saturday evening, we were all invited to spend sundowners at Ant's Nest - the other resort in the reserve. It was around an hour's drive through the bush to get there. On the way we saw an array of wildlife including: zebras, impalas, waterbuck and sable antelope. At one point, our vehicle had to come to a halt... Read more.
SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2014
On our last day, we relaxed in our lodge, chilling by the pool and admiring the views. We left on 8th September, embarking on a long trip home. We had a 7 hour flight to Dubai and then after 2 hour break in Dubai, another 6 hour flight back to England. I only wished that I could take Kilimanjaro home with me... Read more.
TUESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2014