Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Askari Game Lodge and Spa. The closest Big 5 experience to Johannesburg.

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It has been a while since I last visited this property.
This time round, I was here to do research
for an upcoming TV series.
I am certain that the room interiors will not be featured,
so I thought that I would show you
what you "won't see on TV".
Even though it is supposedly a single room,
there is more than enough space for two people.
The only piece of furniture that it was "lacking" was a desk.
That being said, it had been a long day and the bed beckoned immediately,
so no work needed to be done.

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I really enjoy relaxing in one of these,
however, with the drought situation as well as water restrictions,
I felt that having a shower was the better option.

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The view from my verandah.
THIS is part of why I love Africa.

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Inside the Plumari Heritage Museum.
They have a selection of restored coaches second to none.
There are several in the grounds as well,
but unfortunately, those on the outside are not in great condition.

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Dresses are a new addition.
I wonder if any of the mens clothing has survived?

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More of the coaches that are on display.
Each has an information board that will give you facts(trivia)
about the particular vehicle.

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Some of the tools used in coach building.
Considering the terrain that they traversed,
I am amazed at how they survived given the rather sparse tool kit

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I discovered this "stash" of books under the staircase
in the main lodge building.

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But it was time to take to the track less travelled
and see how many of the Big 5 we could find.
The reserve does not have resident leopards,
but there are individuals that traverse the property occasionally.

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My colleague photographing buffalo from a safe distance
and seated inside the game drive vehicle.

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You do not want to get too close to THIS while on foot.

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Or for that matter a mother hippo with a calf!
Would you believe that hippo can run at a speed of more than 25kph...
Not even Usain Bolt would be able to out-sprint that.

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Some of the bird life at the "Hippo Dam"
A Black Headed Heron keeps an eye on the competition.

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A Giant Kingfisher keeping an eye open for a possible meal.

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As the sun was setting, the birds were settling down for the night
This African Darter was basking in the last rays of the afternoon.

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An animal designed by a committee.
This lone Blue Wildebeest watches as we drive past

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Zebra are possibly my favourite plains game species to photograph.
Their patterns are like human fingerprints,
no two are alike.

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International tourists LOVE giraffe.
I am not sure why, but they seem to want to turn the Big 5
into the Big 6 by adding these beautiful animals to their"must see" list


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Meals are eaten in this building...
and what meals they are!

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This was my dinner.
Beautifully prepared by Chef  Wanda,
it boasted a Champaign Sorbet as a palate cleanser.
My main course was an Ostrich fillet with sweet potato and seasonal vegetables.
Not a morsel remained on my plate.
I figured that I had to eat ALL the vegetables in order to have dessert.

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For more information on what they offer,
visit: www.askarilodge.co.za

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