One of the views from our room. The animals you can see near the deck are Impala – like medium sized antelopes. We took some beautiful photos of them which I’ll put in a separate blog post soon.

Well it’s been a while since I posted and so much has happened to me since then…best thing was that I left NSP Hospital Sydney (after almost 3 weeks there) and we’re now home in Canberra. The weather in Canberra (often cold in winter) has been lovely – no fog in the mornings + ☀️ is out and even as I write this, the sun is streaming through our apartment and lifting the spirits. A good time to get back to blogging….

The feature photo is from Inyati Private Game Reserve (very close to Kruger National Park, South Africa) – from our bungalow we had lovely views in all directions…mostly looking toward the river. Metres from our room was this huge deck…we would stroll down to the deck with our coffee when we returned from an early morning safari. In the evening, this space was often filled with monkeys and baboons so we stayed closer to our room when outdoors. Baboons can be a bit aggressive although as long as you don’t feed them, they usually keep their distance.


The animal on the RHS that looks like a big monkey is actually a Baboon (more on Baboons later). On the LHS is a Warthog – a big one!

Photo below: most early morning/evening safaris started with this view of the river and hippos! This photo was taken from our vehicle but it’s only a few minutes from the Inyati lodge. It was an exhilarating way to start the day!



The shared dining space/bar at Inyati. It is open but raised and the animals have learned not to come up into this space – except on dusk when some cheeky baboons and monkeys break those rules.  Fortunately, there are heavy glass doors into some shared indoor spaces…including the bar area.

copypasteimage-53Our dinner, on 3 of the 5 nights we were at Inyati, was an outdoor affair with tables around a huge bonfire. The food was delicious – they can cater for vegetarians as well. I’m not a vegetarian but I’m never keen on just a large plate of meat (apparently common at some of the other game reserves in Africa); so I was pleased when I saw the range of vegetable and salad dishes on offer.



Below: A map for the children – can you find South Africa? Go to Google Maps and find Kruger National Park (North of Sth Africa). The photos on this blog post are from that region.