Back home & pondering....... why tourists pay relatively small amounts for the dollar/pound/euro is so strong & think they have seen Africa ! No I am not anti tourists I think they are so valuable to us in South Africa but do they think the Africa experience is real life ?
Sabi Sabi is truly wonderful & fantastic but real life hmmm not sure about that. You go on "safari" at 6am after being woken by "your ranger/guide" and you are served hot coffee, tea & muffins on the deck watching a superbly placed waterhole. As you get into your trusted (open)landrover, there are blankets & hotwater bottles, the tracker sits upfront & your guide takes you to see the absolutely wonderful animals. The lion's moving to water, no problem you just follow off road - the experience is mind boggling. Elephants, leopard,buffalo,kudu,lion, etc etc to name a few, birds too many to recall. Then its a pit stop where you have hot coffee,tea or juice & back to your adventure. Back in camp (think 5 star all the way) you have a breakfast fit for a king or queen. Then its a walk with your ranger & a midmorning sleep to tide you over for lunch - a sumptious buffet (including crocodile, impala etc). Sleep for an hour then its high tea on the deck & off on safari at 4pm to enjoy the African sunset & sundowners in the bush. Back at 7.30pm for dinner & drinks.
Your suite is fantastic, inside & outside shower, bathroom (as big as my bedroom!!) the decor is stunning & its mind boggling.
Its just luxury through & through & while I REALLY loved it I was so aware of this was "not real life" maybe I am just too aware that life isn't like this. We were the only South Africans & the people in our group were New Zealanders & Aussies - the tri nations !! They were fantastic and then we had the Americans who were very funny but so unaware of real life ( no I am not anti Americans I enjoy their company.)
Anyone who lives overseas really must try it if you are heading our way its outstanding( our trip was a gift from my eldest son) & when I get the next offer I will grab it with both hands.
So to Mark, thank you boy for an experience of a lifetime it was just awesome.