At Botlieskrop, the guests are treated to 2 safaris per day, each for 3 hours. The first is the early 6am safari (a great time to see the lions before the heat comes and they just want to sleep), and the second is at 3pm. One of the nice options that is given to guests is that they can trade a safari for a 1 hour horseback ride amongst the animals, or a 1 hour spa treatment per guest. On Christmas Eve, we eagerly took part in the horseback riding. I had only ridden a horse once before, when I was about the kids age, and that was at Fairmont Hot Springs (not sure if they still offer that). Michelle was also young the only time she was on a horse at Stanley Park in Vancouver. It was the very first time for Eskedar and Bereket, and they couldn't wait to try it.
In Africa, it is considered one of the "Big 5". The other four being: African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, African Lion, and African Leopard.
Of the five animals listed above, Botlieskorp is home to three of them. There are only White Rhinos it this game reserve, as the Black Rhinos live in a more arid environment (like the Karoo area we were in previously). As well, there are no Leopards in this reserve.
Males tend to be much larger than females, and vocalize more. The males also have large horns, with 2 1/2 twists. Our guide Nico said that the male Kudo was known as "the ghost", as they are hard to find/see on the reserve. We got lucky on one of our safaris and got a quick look at him before he ran away.
Females and young males have ten or more stripes on their sides.
Lastly, a photo we love that Bereket took of a horse
Of all the countries we have been to so far, it is safe to say we found South Africa the most "familiar." The topography was very similar to what we have seen in Canada, English is spoken (at least as a second language) by almost everyone, and the food is very much like what we are used to, as well. I think all of these things contributed to our feeling very relaxed here, and enjoyed it very much. Below are some pictures of the Marula Lodge we are staying at (just so we can be completists and have photos from everywhere we have laid our heads).