For our one year anniversary, my boyfriend took me on a romantic bush getaway to celebrate. The destination was a surprise, and I was told my part was show up and enjoy. He told me what types of outfits to bring and gave me a five-day forecast of this mysterious place. It crossed my mind to cross reference with all the towns on weather.com but I decided against that and just sat back for the ride. My crazy levels are still in acceptable ranges I proved.
He picked me up at eleven, and we headed North. He came with the destination pre-set so I couldn’t peep on where the final destination was. Two and half hours later we were at Mabula Private Game Lodge at the foot of the Waterberg mountain in Limpopo. After checking in we were handed over to the very warm hands of your designated game ranger, Greg dressed in typical ranger gear of khaki short, shirt and cap, and long blade where a gun would be for a cop. Immediately after getting on his safari car and our luggage transferred, we were introduced to our chef, Frankie. We were being shuttled to your lodging, a secluded luxury camp site with a total of five units, with its own kitchen and dining area, bar and a bona fide fire pool. This was called the Kwafubesi Tented Camps.
After meeting the rest of friendly staff and being shown our tent named Lion, we were made a simple lunch as we had missed the main lunch because of a late check in. And afterwards got ready for our first game drive. Food and game viewing all came inclusive, only drinks were an extra. Four of the five camps were occupies, one by a retired couple from Australia, the other by an Italian-French husband and South African wife, and the third by a couple from Pretoria who like us were on a weekend getaway.
The evening drive focused on lions. We saw them, but they were lying down some hundred metres away and would not be bothered, however there was tons of wildlife along the way.
We had pre-ordered sundown drinks which we enjoyed over a pond watching the sunset and getting to know the other three couples. A brave antelope stopped by for quick a drink of water as well, and we rolled off to the camp site for dinner.
Oxtail was served. Tricky to eat I will admit, there was lots of sound made by knives missing the meat and finding the plate instead. But the cheese cake dessert was stunning. And one by one Greg escorted everyone to their tents where I finally had my appointment with the most gorgeous bath I had ever seen. What followed was lots of chocolate, bubbly, and stargazing on our veranda.
The morning drive focused on the elephant search. We found an isolated and frustrated lone bull elephant that was going through some mood swings, and taking it out on the forest. A portion of the drive can be done on horse back but away from the areas where cats are and any large dangerous animals. It affords the chance to see the animals up close as they don’t run off as much.
I can no boldly claim I’ve been camping. Ha ha! This was such an amazing experience; it is perfect for romantic getaways from anniversaries to honeymooning. ♥