As we planned our South Africa road trip the prospect of a safari adventure shot to the top of our bucket list. Kruger and Sabi Sands emerged as the winners for our first safari and the experience was even more magnificent than we ever imagined. Over two days we were treated to some magical safari moments: the famed Big 5 of the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard and rhinoceros graced us with appearances together with the majestic cheetah and many, many more. The animals captured our imaginations and our hearts: here’s 30 of our best sightings from our four game drives in Sabi Sands that will make you fall in love with safari!
1 | A mother’s watchful eye: leopard and cub chilling in the trees
2 | A herd of Elephants approaching at dawn
3 | Even a lion needs a hug sometimes!
4 | The anticipation of an early morning game drive
5 | Incredible sunrises lighting up the morning sky!
6 | The unwavering focus of a leopard cub
7 | The dung beetle hard at work
8 | Vultures surveying the landscape ready to swoop in
9 | Always watching: a leopard at a watering hole
10 | One of Africa’s most deadly: the water buffalo
11 | The lofty giraffe
12 | Can you spot the hippos?
13 | The fastest land animal, the majestic cheetah
14 | Staring straight into the eyes of an elephant
15 | A cheetah relaxing after a kill
16 | Always the opportunist: a hyena is never too far away
17 | Animal spotting from the truck
18 | Warthogs loitering in the mud
19 | The beautiful zebra
20 | A leopard minding its kill high above the waiting hyenas
21 | A rhino slumber party
22 | A water monitor emerging from the stream
23 | Leopards: the most beautiful animals on the planet
24 | Slowly but surely the tortoise travels along
25 | Mongoose or meerkat? It was a mongoose!
26 | A leopard preening itself in the trees
27 | Elephants emerge in the morning mist
28 | Even the king of the jungle needs its beauty asleep
29 | The cheetah taking some chill out time
30 | Sun downers and unforgettable sunsets
Where we stayed: our safari lodgings!
We stayed in the Inyati Game Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger. It was the perfect luxury safari retreat for us with luxury accommodation, good food, drinks and company and an amazing chance of sighting the big 5. Check out our Inyati adventures here!