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Catching Up…Pilanesberg (Feb), Klein Karoo (March) and The Okavango (April) 2017

Always good game on view at Pilanesberg Centre

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK AND GAME RESERVE.  In Northwest province next to Sun City and only two hours by road from Johannesburg you can find The Big Five here plus hundreds of birds.

A 'crash' of white rhinos wallowing

A wildebeest enjoying a mud bath

These baboons swung over the fence to have a quick drink at our plunge pool at Kwa Maritane Lodge

The most familiar sighting of a zebra...

If you think the bush is just about Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, think again and come to the Cape.

SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE is just three hours from Cape Town and at 54 000ha is the fourth largest private game reserve in South Africa. Expect lots of game (including one of the only free-roaming prides of white lions in the world), but it is the breathtaking scenery that will thrill you.

The view from your lovely suite at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Dawn in Sanbona on the never-ending panorama of mountains, rocky gorges, steep valleys, thickets and forests

A close-up-and-personal encounter from our open game vehicle

A lioness rests after a successful eland hunt

Rare sighting of a brown hyena at Sanbona

Super-stylish and comfortable Sanbona suite

Female cheetah

MADI-MADI KAROO SAFARI LODGE just outside Oudtshoorn must surely lay claim to being one of the most hidden, unknown and tranquil places in South Africa.

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge

Fellow guests at Madi-Madi - a family of meerkats

Gorgeous scenery, rare plants, special birds and tranquillity in the Klein Karoo in the Cape

THE OKAVANGO DELTA is one of the great natural wonders of the world. This unique inland delta spreads out fan-shaped into northwestern Botswana bringing the waters of the Okavango River from the Angolan highlands. The result is a winding and wandering complex of papyrus-fringed channels, still lakes home to hippos and crocodiles, and deep waterlily-studded pools. It's teeming with game, birds and stunning scenery and is truly one of the last great natural wilderness areas left on earth.

An Okavango sunset

The Okavango from the air

Wilderness Safaris' King's Pool Camp in the Linyanti Concession

Wild dogs at Wilderness Safaris' Chitabe Lebala Lodge. The legendary wild dog hunt in David Attenborough's Planet Earth 1 was filmed just 2km from here.

This male black-maned lion had just crossed the Linyanti River from Namibia into Botswana at King's Pool Camp.

The view from a suite at Wilderness Safaris' King's Pool Camp


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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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