In November last year my daughter and I attended a very special Wedding in Glen Afric South Africa.

We caught a plane to Johannesburg and then had a car collect us for the 2 hour drive to Glen Afric. I had been to South Africa before so I knew to be cautious and not to have our windows down when driving because of the risk of car jacking. We drove through the outskirts of Johannesburg and then onto a freeway to Glen Afric where we went through a couple of small townships with gated communities and villages with lots of roadside stalls seeing anything from furniture and couches, chickens, pigs, food, bbq,etc.

I must admit, I was glad when we finally arrived at The Lodge.

The Wedding was of my daughter’s best friend (and my daughter from another mother) who comes from London and married her sweetheart from South Africa.
Most of the guests stayed at The Glen Afric Lodge in Hartbeespoort and we all witnessed a unique and amazingly different wedding.

The bridal party as well as the guests were transported to the ceremony in game drive vehicles.

The scene for the ceremony was out in the reserve under big trees with white chairs and rose petals complete with Zebras, Giraffes, Impalas, Wilder beasts, and Warthogs just on the grass behind the bride and groom. There were even 9 little baby warthogs who were very playful and nearly stole the show.

After the ceremony we were transported to the African huts for the reception whilst the bride and groom went off to walk with the elephants and have photos taken. When it was time for the bride and groom to meet up with us, they were following in by 3 big amazing elephants.

I’d have to say it was one of the most stunning and unique experiences I have ever had.

The first night we were in Glen Afric a baby zebra was born and so we were one of the first to see it the next morning. Each morning we had the mother zebra and her baby hanging around the Lodge together with other zebras, monkeys, donkeys and one cheeky ostrich that kept sticking its head in the doors of the accommodation. We had to make sure we kept our doors closed.

I went out every morning at sunrise and spent a couple of hours photographing these wild animals. I managed to get some photos of the mother and baby zebra in some beautiful pink morning glow of the sunrise. The monkeys were very hard to photograph as they were quite skittish and very fast.

On the last morning when I got up to photograph the zebra’s, there was also a Giraffe sitting on the ground with them. I was annoyed that I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get a photo of it sitting, as you don’t get to see this very often. I did however get to spend a lot of time just following it around.

I was able to get up close with the animals a couple times although I did appreciate that they are wild animals and gave them that respect.

It was an such an incredible experience, just me and these wild animals every morning.

After 5 days in Glen Afric and witnessing a stunning wedding , we said our goodbyes to the Bride and Groom and the other guests, then my daughter and I headed off to the Pilanesberg National Park situated between the Kalahari and Lowveld and about 2 hours north east of Glen Afric.

We stayed 2 nights at the 5 star Shepard Tree Lodge and it was very nice. Beautiful accommodation and lovely food , we felt quite spoilt for a couple of days!!.

Whilst at Pilanesberg, we did 4 Game Drives. Although we didn’t get to see all the animals we had hoped for, we did get to see Black and White Rhinos, Black back Jackal, Impalas, Wilder Beasts, Waterbuck, Hippos, Springbok, Buffalo, Tessebe, Kudu, Baboons, Elephants, Giraffes and lots of birds.

We had 2 ‘up close and personal’ encounters with elephants which was amazing. On one of the encounters an elephant walked straight past the side of the vehicle where I was sitting, I could have reached out and touched him. He did give me a side look as he passed and was one of the biggest bull elephants I had had the pleasure of being close to.

I definitely love being out with African animals in the wild and can’t wait to get back there one day.

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