Trip Report: Thornybush and Manyaleti 15 June 2019 – 23 June 2019

This safari takes place in the north eastern section of South Africa in the Thornybush Game Reserve and the Manyaleti Game Reserve which are both part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this means that there are no fences between the reserves, which allows animals to move freely through the reserves.

This safari takes place in two different reserves, Thornybush and the Manyaleti. The reason I chose these two reserves, although they are close to one another, they are very diverse and very different to one another. Both Reserves are open to the greater Kruger National Park. Thornybush dropped its fences in August of 2017, this allows the Reserves to expand and creates more space for wildlife. The Manyaleti borders the Kruger and the Sabi Sands, which in itself is world renowned for its game viewing. I consider both these destinations as hidden gems of the area.

Our accommodation for the 8  nights is tented accommodation, which is an experience in itself. Being winter the tents were never to hot and what I really love about the tents, is being able to embrace the African bush. Being able to lie in bed at night and fall asleep to the sounds of distant lions calling, owls hooting and nothing but fresh air, is that not Africa?

We started our journey at OR Tambo International Airport, where we then started our 6 hour journey to Thornybush Game Reserve. On arrival, we were greeted by friendly faces and shown through the lodge that would be our home for the next 4 nights. The camp is absolutely beautiful and overlooks a waterhole, which over the coming days saw a variety of different species coming down to quench their thirst.

There is so much more to a safari than just the wildlife. To me, it is all the moments in between that really make the experience, it’s about meeting new people, getting to know them and sharing an experience together. From a photographic point of view, I love getting to know where each individual is at and enjoying the experience of seeing them grow and develop as the safari goes on.

I have put a few images together below, which I hope highlights showcase just what a great trip this was!


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