Lodged in my heart

Words cannot describe what you see, learn and feel when you go on a safari in Africa. It is an experience that makes you humble and puts right you where you belong – in perspective. As human beings we tend to forget that we are not the only species living on planet Earth. Just because we have the means to alter nature, it does not mean that nature is at our mercy. It isn’t. It’s powerful, it’s beautiful, it’s untamed. And in a place like Africa you realize its grandness and its beauty at the fullest. Have a look at the pictures and you will understand what I’m talking about. Enjoy.

 Two giraffes munching on a tree. It strikes you when you realize that those giants live entirely off leaves. Veggie burger, Miss G?

There is nothing cuter than a baby animal – this little zebra is still quite furry all over. 
You just want to stroke her back…

Female cheetah with a cub. Looking very composed but in fact she’s very wary and would probably go wild if approached by a human.

 Elephants in the wild are truly gigantic. 
They walk through anything that stands in their way – bush or tree alike.

The sunsets in Africa are spectacular.
I’m having a late afternoon chat with our ranger Jenni, while sipping rooibos tea.
Very safari-posh-style.

We stayed at Wild Ivory Eco Lodge in Limpopo province in South Africa. It is a fully sustainable lodge, running solely on solar power (you can charge your phone but hairdryer is a no go), catering for up to 4 couples in simple but beautiful tents. It is unfenced, so animals can (and they will) pay you a visit when you stay there. On our first day an elephant came to say hello and while doing that, drank water out of the pool. Oh, well, just a tiny tiny sip… We were so lucky to be the only couple staying at the time and got a super VIP treatment – game drives adjusted to our timings (though you really don’t want to stay in bed when there is all the nature waiting out there for you), private (and yummy!) dinners by starlight, peace and quiet. Our hosts Jenni and Jaco were wonderful – so knowledgeable and friendly, so dedicated to their job. If you like no-fuss, simple, eco-friendly, close to nature places (with no casino, spa or disco dancing) the Wild Ivory Lodge is the place to go. I can’t recommend it enough…

The wonderful Wild Ivory Eco Lodge team

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