A Stay At RockFig

After touching down at Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit – an easy one-hour flight from Joburg – there was no doubt we were in safari country. The short transfer to RockFig Safari Lodge segued into a mini game drive as we entered Timbavati, and in no time we’d spotted some antelope. Being greeted cheerily by the entire staff complement as we pulled up in front of the stone-and-thatch guest area lifted our spirits even further.

Our bags were whisked away as glasses of refreshing iced tea materialised in our hands, and we drank it gratefully as the lodge manager gave us a quick tour. Then it was a short walk along a succulent-lined path to our room, which had everything we could have wished for, including our favourite drinks in the minibar fridge.

After freshening up we discovered a light buffet awaiting us back on the pool deck. Too lazy even to swim, we simply idled around after lunch, enjoying the view.

The afternoon tea trolley appeared, along with our ranger, and soon we were leaving the lodge on a fully equipped safari vehicle. Time spent with elephants (and punctuated with a sundowner stop) had us surprisingly hungry again, so it was back to the lodge for dinner in the boma as stars rotated above us.

Beguiling aromas drew us...

… to the main area the next morning, where we found a breakfast spread fit for royalty. Happy for the chance to work off a little of the feast, we decided on a second bush walk, where we came across hyaenas squabbling over the remains of the leopard’s meal.

The summer temperatures proved no match for the ice-cream sandwiches that appeared at teatime, back at base, and prompted a discussion as to whether our tracker or the chef was the greater magician.

We were adjusting to the rhythms of safari, but when our afternoon game drive ended with a lantern-lit bush dinner cooked over a roaring fire we were simply blown away. Although seemingly decadent out here in the wilds, having a choice of South African wines wasn’t at all out of place at this veritable banquet.

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