Road tripping – Travel & Things with David Batzofin

By September 14, 2018Ranger Diaries

Road tripping…An overview of my Kruger trip to Imbali, Hoyo Hoyo and Hamiltons.

Waking up to a view like this and being excited about what lies ahead. This is why I am so passionate 

about bush time and the experiences that accompany the trips. Day break…the cloud cover obscuring the usual inspirational African sunrise. The beginning of a spectacular four day trip that my wife and I spent at three camps in the Mluwati Concession in Kruger Park. This is my overview of the lodges. Individual postings of each lodge experience and the various game drive sightings will be published shortly.

Imbali Safari Lodge.
Where our adventure started.
“Imbali” means beautiful flower in Zulu.

From the inside looking out…
The long corridor leads to the front of the building where guests would be greeted and game drives depart.

This main reception area at Imbali Safari Lodge. Arriving guests are welcomed with home made lemonade (or said goodbye to with a handshake and a hug).
And it is here that the relevant paperwork is completed. If you have driven to the lodge, your car will be parked for you and your luggage whisked off to your accommodation.

For those who rely on connectivity with the outside world, this Lodge offers both cellphone reception as well as internet connectivity in the main building.

The main lounge area by day…
With the doors open the line between inside and out blurs. From here guests can look across the pool to the waterhole. (There were so many comings and goings there that it almost looked as if guests were watching a nature documentary!)

Another part of the lounge, gently lit for pre and post dinner relaxation. The muted colours and the lack of piped Musak make conversations between guests and staff a pleasure. Comparing experiences rather than staring at an electronic screen were moments to savour.

After a successful three hour game drive AND a delicious dinner… this was what we were looking forward to climbing into! A huge bed with the best linen was so conducive to sleep that I did not even open the novel that I had brought to read.

More waterhole activity…
Discipline is short and sharp with Baboons. Like most of the primate species, it is metered out by the senior animals… with much screaming from those being chastised.