As Amelia could not accompany me on last years trip we returned to Motswari for 5 nights.
As always we travelled by KLM arriving in the late evening but as I had a 6 hour drive we booked in the hotel at the airport to get a couple of hours sleep. This was done for 2 reasons – the fatigue of the flight and the emptiness of the roads in the early morning so I could get out of Jo’burg with the minimum of distractions.
We collected the car and we were on our way by 4:30 in the morning and despite a difficulty leaving the airport the journey was uneventful to the Timbavati Gate.
I had allowed 2 hours to go from the Timbavati Gate to Motswari from previous experience as we would want to photograph the animals and birds we found along the road. We were not disappointed as no sooner had we gone through he gate than we saw a family of Vervet monkeys who were a little shy. The speed limit on the road is 50kph which was good as you could look to the roadside. There were the usual Lilac Breasted Roller and Hornbills. During this drive we also saw Tortoise, Elephants, Giraffes and Warthogs.
On arrival at Motswari we were greeted with a refreshing drink and shown to our chalet before having lunch and our first game drive.
The routine for the next 5 days would be the same with the wake up call at 05:00 before having coffee in readiness for the first game drive. We would return to the Lodge for breakfast followed by free time until Lunch time (buffet style) the afternoon game drive and then Supper in the Boma (open air enclosure) before going to bed.
On the last day at Motswari we decide to go for the morning game drive and pack afterwards before leaving at 11:00 to drive back to Jo’burg before catching the late night flight home. Apart from taking the wrong turn in Belfast the journey was fine.