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Feature lodge: Rhino River Lodge

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Rhino River Lodge and to once more experience the awe of the African Bush. The joint expertise of our 2 knowledgeable rangers Bongani and Halla resulted in one of my best safari experiences!

There was more than one highlight during our safari and over and above the black rhinos which, we initially spotted, we came across the African Wild Dog on our first morning game drive.

The African Wild Dogs are also referred to as African hunting dogs or painted wolves. They are an endangered species, intelligent and sociable, and integral to the eco system of the bush. We observed them for some time interacting with each other. Wild dogs are one of the most effective predators in the world and use teamwork and cooperation to bring down their prey. It was truly a wonderful sighting.

We also came across a herd of elephants on day two and we were fortunate to hang out with them for a while. It was wonderful to see the dynamics between the family members and the respect they have for the matriarch. One elephant decided that he was not going to move out of our way when we attempted to leave the sighting. He was a magnificent specimen with large tusks, and one could feel his power and presence. Eventually after 20 minutes he moved over to join the rest of the herd who were nearby allowing us to continue-on our way.

And the sightings did not stop there!

On the same day we spotted a lioness and her 3 cubs drinking in a nearby river and we spent some time observing the banter between the cubs. Our ranger had been informed that there was a male lion near-by, so we left the lioness and her cubs who had started to head down the road in the opposite direction.

We drove to the area and arrived in time to see the powerful male lion traverse up the hill and cross the road in-front of our vehicle.

What a special way to enjoy this time off and experience the African bush, delicious cuisine, and the warm hospitality of the staff at Rhino River Lodge.

Written by Sue

All photographs used in this blog are by Rhino River Lodge

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