Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mziki Safari Lodge.North West Province


Guests are warmly greeted when they arrive at Mziki Safari Lodge.
Most of the drive is on a toll free highway, the lodge is an easy 2 hour drive
 from either Johannesburg or Pretoria.
The final part of the journey is on a gravel road that leads to the Lodge main entrance.
Welcoming drinks and paperwork!
The two items that new arrivals will receive at any lodge.
Expertly handled by the staff, this is done quickly
so that visitors can be taken to their accommodation.

This large airy room was to be my home for the duration of my stay.
It is one of four rooms attached to the main lodge building.

and this is the view that I enjoyed...
 The swimming pool and the waterhole
that is not too far from the boundary fence.

The other accommodation offered is in the form of these thatched chalets.
Also they are found on one section of the property,
they are spaced far enough apart of offer the occupants a level of privacy.

A male Ostrich struts his stuff...if somewhat disdainful of the camera.
This reserve is home to both male and females,
a species not seen in many other reserves in the area.

An African Spoonbill wades in the water
while a Water Monitor basks in the morning sunshine.

A majestic male Kudu, posing in the open.
An unusual occurrence
as these antelope much prefer thickets 
were they are less vulnerable to predators.

An interesting discovery inside a pile of Wildebeest dung.
This iridescent green beauty is a Dung Beetle.

Not too far away from the sighting, our guide, Geyser, 
found predator scat, probably Jackal.
Unlike with the herbivores, where the dung can be picked up by hand,
where carnivores are involved,
it is better not to touch.
He took time to inform, educate and entertain the guests
with facts about both the animal and the possible contents of the scat.

The oldest joke in the field guide handbook...
"What is that ahead"?
"Its a Zebra crossing"...
And sometimes the guests will laugh.

A Hamerkop takes flight...
This large and somewhat ungainly bird gets its name from the shape of its head.
It can usually be found along the river banks, searching for fish or frogs.

There is nothing better that the aroma
 of meat that has been prepared over an open fire.
Dinner, African style.

And who says that you cannot have a fine dining experience at a braai?
A beautifully plated dessert to end off a wonderful meal.
Well done to all the staff that were involved.

From L to R:
Byron, Executive Chef Kego and Geyser.
 The lodge team that have the comfort and enjoyment of their guests as a priority.
Be it on a drive with either Byron or Geyser,
or sitting down to a meal lovingly prepared by Kego and her staff.

And what better way to end off an exciting day in the African bush.
A spectacular sunset...never the same twice.

To find out more about the lodge and what it offers,
visit their website:



 

The latest addition to my sponsors list...
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
For more information
and to find out current pricing,
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My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

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When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

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This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
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A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
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