Well, we made it to South Africa. After collecting out bags at the Johannesburg airport and meeting our guide for the next two weeks we boarded the waiting buses. At this point I have to acknowledge these four ladies:
Rosely, Rowena, Alice, and Foster. These four planned everything for us. Rosely and Foster (sisters and Foster is our nephew’s M-I-L) took care to planning and organizing things in the stater. Alice and Rowena worked with them on the African part. What a lovely group.
Anyway, when we entered the buses on each seat was a itinerary detailing what we would be doing each of the days we were in Africa.
Of course, because of delays we were already off schedule. Oh well. I was looking forward to checking in somewhere and grabbing a hot shower. This was not to be. We had a 40 minute ride to the Shepherd’s Tree Lodge in Pilanesburg where we would spend the next three days. We ha time to get checked in, take our bags to our rooms, and head back down for our first safari.
Here are a few pictures from the lobby and deck.
While standing on the deck this was not an unusual sight.
These ladies (they were all female) walked right below the deck. You can see that they even came close to the dining room.
We got out keys and it was off to our rooms. Not too shabby.
Each room had its own patio. The last picture, the one with the stone wall, is actually an outside shower and yes, it is outside. The only thing was that it was too cold in the morning and evening to go out and take one and we weren’t in dour rooms during the day. I did, however, get one in just for the feel of showering outside. Neat!
Here’s a picture of Kathy enjoying one of the chairs on the deck.
In the dining hall, we had our own table set for set for 27.
Just a sample of the kind of food we were server. Come on, if you have been reading my blogs for any length of time did you honestly expect me not to post food pictures?
It was now time for our first safari, we were scheduled for four while we were there. However, this is getting lengthy so I will stop here and devote next week to the safari and other things that happened at the lodge.
Just to give you a preview: