Contrary to the belief of some Americans, South African roads are not the stomping ground of herds of lions and most school children don’t ride to school on the back of an elephant. Enjoy a taste of the life some tourists think South Africans have and pay R195 for a game drive and delicious buffet lunch at Mogale Country Lodge.
Situated right on the edge of the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve – a grassy wonderland of excitement for those in search of classically African animals – is the luxury Mogale Country Lodge. Though, when you’re looking for a game-drive, you’re not exactly concerned with the thread-count on the lodge’s table-cloths and when you’re looking for the perfect spot for staring some of Africa’s most famous beasts (almost) right in the eye, Krugersdorp Nature Reserve is the best you’re going to find. It is suggested that you don’t even attempt to stare any lions in the eye though, because while eye-contact might be important in business meetings, when you’re meeting a clawed and furry friend, it means something totally different.
That’s not to say that the game drive isn’t safe or that you’ll need one of the lions to sign an affidavit before you look at him. Accompanied by a driver and a guide that’s prepared for lions wielding paperwork or giraffe’s trying to say peekaboo from a closer proximity than the one indicated on the brochure, you’ll be safe as houses. With a variety of different grasslands, rocky outcrops and forests, the reserve sustains most of the game you’d imagine – buffalo, hippo, zebra and giraffe, along with numerous antelope. The lions are in a separate enclosure.
After a day of metaphorically frolicking with the wild life, you’ll return to the rustic and luxurious Mogale Country Lodge to tuck in to a buffet lunch. After all, gambolling with the antelopes (metaphorically, because walking around is a big one on their list of no-no’s) is bound to build up quite an appetite.Wild Fact: The Western Cappelafant, a breed of capybara indigenous to Northern Africa was discovered by two highschool students on a hike through the woods. Being guided only by a smudged map, they got lost and ended up in a previously unexplored part of the woods, which turned out to be the Cappelafant’s natural habitat.