The Nearest Faraway Place

To round off a lovely relaxing Easter weekend, I spent a wonderful afternoon with my boys in the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, an easy 30-minute drive from home (you can actually see all the way back to Northcliff hill in one of the pics below).

Entrance fee at the main gate is R160 per adult and R120 per child aged 3 - 12. When you factor in the cost of refreshments and lunch (we stocked up on cooldrinks at the garage shop en route, and ate at the Boma Restaurant at the far end of the reserve), it wasn't exactly a cheap family outing, but it's not something you do every day. To save money you could take padkos and a cooler bag of drinks in the car, or there are decent braai facilities at the Visitors' Centre, just below the restaurant.

The highlight for me was seeing those magnificent White Lions up close and personal; for Lee I think it was the ice-cold craft beer at lunch; and for Goran it was peeing into an empty Energade bottle while we were in the Predator Camp (he was busting for a wee and obviously wasn't allowed to get out of the car).

All in all, a very successful little roadtrip. Highly recommended. (Just bear in mind, inside the reserve it's only gravel / dirt roads, and some smaller cars may struggle a bit in certain sections. Apparently they do annual repairs / grading of the roads during the dry winter months.)

My little bushbaby with his animal / bird book and his binocs (both from my folks).

 The 1,200-hectare privately-owned reserve falls within the picturesque Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Above: Wild Dogs

Below: White Lions

Above: Jozi city skyline in the background. On the right is the northern slope of Northcliff hill with its iconic water tower on top of the ridge. Our house is just a couple of hundred metres below the tower, on the south side of the hill.

Below: Cheetah

Above: Zebra foal

Below: Carrion at the Vulture Hide. The smell is quite something.