On Safari In Sabi Sands, South Africa

Leopard at Sabi Sands reserve in South Africa

This week we’re on safari in South Africa. Back in 2009, four of us travelled to Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It is a private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park and is particularly known for its leopards.

There we saw a herd of elephants hiding from the sun under a small group of trees, a cheetah slink its way across the grasslands and drank a G&T in what could have been a scene from Out of Africa. We also watched a rather amorous lion, saw the top bit of a hippo sticking out of a pool of mud and took more pictures of antelope than anyone could ever need.

It remains the only time I’ve been on safari and we were lucky enough to spot the so-called Big 5 – the lion, the African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino – during our three-night stay. The leopards though were my highlight and I snapped this pic just before my camera battery ran out. (Note: Always take two cameras, one of mine died half way through the trip, most likely from overuse.)

But my dad managed to spot something slightly more unusual. While watching the cheetah, he¬†suddenly elbowed me in the ribs, pointed at a neighbouring safari vehicle and whispered: “Pssst. Don’t look now, but I think that’s England cricketer Ian Botham.”

And as the England cricket team were indeed in South Africa at the time, I suspect he was probably right.

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