We're out of the bush!
Johannesburg Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
January 28th, 2010 – by: HBurden
Wow what an incredible few days! After flying from the USA, an incredibly long journey involving flying from the west coast and then a 15 hour flight from the east coast we arrived at our game lodge. Our game lodge Tshukudu was amazing. They have 4 cheetahs that live on premises and they let you pet them. We got our welcome drink and then took a picture with one that was lounging on the verandah. Our ranger's name was Jaco and he did a wonderful job showing us the animals and teaching us about their psychology. Our first drive we saw zebra, giraffe, impala and got close to a bull elephant in must. He charged the rover and trumpeted a warning. I think we all needed new pants after that :) The second night ended with a bang as a much needed but intense thunderstorm rolled over the bush. I have never before been in the heart of such a primitive storm. The thunder was deep, defeaning and neverending. We survived the night in our thatched rondewel, but a baby squirell nesting in the roof wasn't so lucky. Our ranger took him in and got him stabilized and will now raise him up to be an adult squirrel. What hearts of gold the people here have! The lodge was incredibly friendly and we all felt part of a wonderful family. It's the little things like celebrating a guests birthday with surprise champagne out by the hippo watering hole. I love the lodge and would love to come back. Now we're at our intermediate stopover in Johannesburg, waiting to take an overnight train to Cape Town. The Melville Turret guest house is in a wonderful spot here in the city although it's streets have armed security patrolling the streets every block and all the homes are surrounded by high walled fences topped with spikes, razor wire and electricity. I feel fairly safe but you must watch out every moment. We had dinner last night not far from here at Lucky Bean on 7th. Delicious steak and yummy cocktails. On to the next adventure!
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