The festive season started early with a combined educational visit to Simbavati Safari Lodges in the Timbavati Game Reserve, Camp Jabulani in Kapama Game Reserve, and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
We had four supporting agents from Personal Africa, Welcome Tours, Safari Vacations and Akilanga join Sue and Mari (marketing manager for Camp Jabulani and HESC) on a wonderful African bush experience.
The first night we stayed at Simbavati River Lodge, and was great to see the new look and feel of the refurbished interiors which were absolutely lovely. We were also surprised by how green the vegetation was and that the dams were filled up again… the bush felt abuzz and alive after the much needed rains!
We were spoiled with a spa treatment at Simbavati River Lodge, before we were whisked away to the unique and romantic Simbavati Hilltop Lodge. The dam wall has now been completely rebuilt so we were welcomed to a view overlooking the river below, graced by thirsty elephants… wow, what a sight!
After a wonderful stay which included watching a Leopard stalking a baby impala (who luckily got away), we left for our Camp Jabulani Experience in Kapama Game Reserve.
It is always a pleasure to see the smiley face of Shadrick, one of the butlers of Camp Jabulani, he has been with Camp Jabulani for many years. We were shown to our suites, (and some got to experience the Zindoga Villa), and then off we went to catch the moment when the Camp Jabulani Herd decide to take their daily “cool down” in the nearby dam. We were all mesmerized by watching them all be so natural and at peace in and near the water.
We decided that it would be wonderful opportunity for our agents who have support the lodge for so long to experience a magical elephant back safari, before they are phased out, and we are so glad we did. We had an agent or two in tears at the end, they understand just how special and emotional the experience actually is, and how loved and at peace the elephant herd is at Camp Jabulani. But they are so excited for the way forward of the lodge and reassured that they will always have the support and love of the family and team at Camp Jabulani for the rest of their lives.
After a luxurious sleep, we set off to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and it was awesome to see how well the Rhino’s are doing.
Thanks to all the ladies that joined us, in sharing this short but wonderful visit to Simbavati,
Camp Jabulani and HESC.
We are looking forward to many more adventures.