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4 Amazing Things to Do at Wildlife Safari Lodges in South Africa
You thought that wildlife safari lodges are all about sitting on deck chairs overlooking water holes and taking pictures. Maybe you had the idea that wildlife safari lodges are just places where you enjoy luxury accommodation and go on open vehicle games drives. Though these activities certainly form part of amazing experiences at private game lodges, there is more to do.
If you visit our lodge at the foot of the Waterberg Mountain range, only 200 km from Johannesburg, you get to enjoy several leisure activities, some of which are only offered at our lodge, whilst others you can also enjoy at other wildlife safari lodges.
Being an observer from a deck has its romantic moments, but if you truly want to experience the African bush, you have to get your bush walking shoes on. When you go on a guided walk, you experience everything up close. Birds and small animals, which normally go unnoticed while on an open vehicle game drive, become part of your journey. Think about the rare golden mole, only to be found in the Limpopo Bushveld. Then there is the grandiose Kudu that is certainly even more impressive when you view it while on foot than it is from the vehicle. Many more such unique sightings form part of your guided walk.
Fortunately, there are no horror stories here, only sightings of animals that are normally too shy to make an appearance during the daytime. The night drives are unique experiences. You get to be on a wildlife safari at a private lodge, and thus have the safety of the vehicle. This assurance makes it possible to enjoy every sighting to the fullest. You can expect to see animals, including the brown hyena, the caracal, African Wild cat, and even serval. Not to be concerned. We do have lions in the reserve, but these majestic kings of the wild are kept in a separate enclosure.
If you are a birder, you can appreciate what it means if we say that over 400 species of African birds are to be found in the region. If you are lucky, you may even spot the brown snake eagle or perhaps the lizard buzzard. This is the type of safari that is suited for the keen observer and is always a popular activity with guests at wildlife safari lodges. When you stay with us, you have the opportunity to visit the Nylsvley Reserve where over 100 waterfowl species can be spotted.
Not many wildlife safari lodges offer the opportunity to visit archaeological sites, and as such, when you have the opportunity to do so, enjoy every moment of the excursion. Fortunately, when you stay in our luxury wildlife safari lodge, you can visit some of the oldest sites on the continent. The lodge is located within an area rich in the history of the hunter-gatherer. Visit caves where you will be amazed with the range of cave paintings, explore the bead making sites, and even see a rain-controlling site up close. If you are an avid historian, a visit to the Witkop archaeological site is recommended. It is an Anglo-Boer War site with a rich and interesting story.
Not many wildlife safari lodges offer all the activities. Most offer one or two of the above types, but at Zwahili, we offer the above and more, including relaxing spa treatments and culinary feasts.