I was up at the crack of dawn for the Meerkat Safari. Half asleep I doddered towards the lookout lounge, and straight into the Nyala bull from the night before!
After a quick crisp drive we arrived at the burrows. While waiting for the Meerkats to emerge we saw quite a few Springboks go by.
Luckily we didn’t wait too long, sometimes it can take over an hour for the Meerkats to make an appearance, but we only waited a few minutes.
This is the first little guy who was brave enough to pop his head out…
After a little while a few more heads popped out. Aren’t they adorable?
The meerkats soak up the morning sun before they head out for the day. In this burrow there is a pregnant female so only some of the the mob came out, while the others stayed with her. You may have noticed how Meerkats use their tails as a stand to stay upright, they actually have a special joint for just that purpose.
This one little guy was so funny, grooming himself with his leg straight up in the air, and then all of a sudden up went the other one!
They venture further and further out, and then they’re off for the day. We left before they got too far out because we didn’t want to disturb them with the noise of the vehicle.
I rushed back from the safari to grab my family for a quick breakfast before our Elephant feeding. I had a feeling that this was going to be the highlight of the trip for the kids. Not to mention how excited I was to do it!
This stunner, named Malaika meaning “Angel”, is the matriach. The other two are bulls and their names are Bulelo meaning “Thank you” and Jabari meaning “Powerful”. Bulelo is the older, bigger bull and Jabari is the youngest, and naughtiest!
We fed the elephants, giving them food in their mouths, and holding it up so they could take it with their trunks. We rubbed their gooey tongues, and even got hugs! There isn’t really a way to describe how wonderful getting a hug from an elephant is. Being around them is both humbling and awe-inspiring. I could of done it all day! Trust me when I say you do not want to miss out on this incredible experience…
These gentle giants wrap their trunks around you just tight enough, their power unmistakenly restrained. Ryan was lifted just slightly off the ground by this bull’s affectionate hug.
The kids couldn’t get enough, they were all over the elephants, who didn’t seem to mind in the slightest…
I loved every second of my time at Buffelsdrift! Hopefully we’ll be back soon to experience even more. Besides what we did, they also have other elephant experiences, a stargazing tour, a sunset safari and an on-site spa!
In case you missed it:
Previous stop: Lunch and a tour at Safari Ostrich Farm!
Next stop: Karusa for Lunch!
Thank you to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge for having us. Opinions expressed are my own, as always.
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