Last month, hubby and I headed off to Madikwe for a week in the bush – just the two of us! It would never have been possible if it wasn’t for my parents who moved into our house and assumed all responsibility without batting an eyelid (although I did write an extensive list). We’ll be forever grateful!
We love the bush and thought it would be good to explore somewhere we’ve never been, so we chose Madikwe. When booking our accommodation, it was overwhelming at the amount of lodges there are, but one really stood out for us – Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge – because it is the first lodge in SA to be wholly owned and managed by the nearby community. I’d highly recommend staying there if you’re looking to go to Madikwe anytime soon…
There’s something about the bush that just slows down your thoughts, stills your mind, lets you breathe in every special moment as if it’s going to last forever. Our daily ritual went a little something like this…
6am Wake up call, coffee and rusks
6.30am Game drive – the best part of the day. Watching the sun rise, this huge red glowing ball (from all the dust) was just magical. We spotted SO many animals, and Elliott our guide made sure we got as close as possible, sometimes too close for my liking. I’ve never seen so many elephants, and they’re my absolute best. Game drives lasted at least three hours and always included a coffee break with the most delicious buttermilk muffins you’ve ever tasted. Seriously. I’m definitely feeling the effects of all those muffins now 🙁
9.30am Breakfast on the deck – one morning a troop of baboons decided to have breakfast with us, and totally ransacked the buffet table. Never a dull moment.
10am – 2pm Relax – read, sleep, lie in the sun
2pm Lunch on the deck (we ate and we ate!)
3pm Game drive – the second best part of the day and this time we watched the sun set and we drank Amarula and ate biltong and chips.
6.30/7pm Supper on the deck.
8pm Lights out!
Can you imagine the serenity?!
As I type this, drowning in deadlines, it feels like a distant memory. But, it’s a good memory and I can’t wait to get back to the bush… it’s a special place that I cannot describe. All I can say is you have to experience it for yourself if you haven’t already.