Part III: Manyane Resort

Life in the Chalet

In Pilanesberg we stayed in a Chalet at Manyane resort.  The Chalet slept eight and was pretty cozy- two bedrooms, a loft, a living room/kitchen with a sleeper sofa and two bathrooms. There were six of us.    I met Regan’s family for the first time and would be staying with them.  Thank god I loved them.  They were loud, irreverant, had no boundaries, light-hearted, and very sweet.  They immediately adopted me as one of their own.  They said I was pretty quiet during this part of the trip, but, I’m claiming jet lag. Continue reading

Part II: Lost in Translation

The morning started out exciting- because I was in a completely different country, albeit less exciting than the lion chase.  I knew we were going to Pilanesberg National Park, but I had no idea what we would be doing or what to expect.  I asked Regan for help. Continue reading

Part I: Pilanesberg National Park- The Chase

 January 3, 2009.

Our jeep veered right and tipped. We were half off-road, driving through the bush in Pilanesberg National Park. It was nearly pitch black out, the sky indigo fading to black. Bushes scraped metal and everyone on the right pulled in and ducked before the thorny branches from the acacias hit them. Our driver steered back onto the road and glared at the other jeep who forced us into the bush. We sped up and kept pace with another jeep run by the national park-our ally against the 3 private tour company jeeps who were very aggressive. Continue reading