Thursday, 15 October 2015

Kids on safari at Limpopo-Lipadi :-)

There is a Namibian proverb that says "Learning expands great souls", and that is exactly what happen when you take your kids on safari!
We were visiting Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve, in the Tuli Block of Botswana in September 2015, a family affair with a 5-year old, a 3-year old, and two 6-month old babies (all girls!!).
The trip started amazingly well, with a close-up leopard sighting after entering the gate.  The next excitement came in the form of a flat tyre close to the lodge entrance - luckily the girls saw it all as one big adventure!

Game drives were an absolute pleasure with the two toddlers, as they soaked up all the smells, sounds and sights of the African bush.  They touched elephant dung, picked up kudu horns and even showed interest in learning the difference between hyena and leopard tracks! Dad even bought them binoculars...

Sightings weren't to bad either, as they had 3 leopard sightings, numerous elephants, African Wild Cat, Brown and Spotted Hyena to name just a few.  A baby giraffe was on the little one's wish list - and Limpopo-Lipadi delivered as usual.  After each game drive we would reflect on the game drive and the two girls would name their favourite sighting, and then ticked of all their sightings in the field guide.  To get a complete trip report regarding our sightings, look at my previous blog post or follow the link:
One of the highlights of the week was spending time at Hippo Pools close to camp, where there is a huge sand bank in the Limpopo River at the moment because of the low water level.  Because of the vast open space and the sandy riverbed, the kids enjoyed freedom in one of the most beautiful spots on the reserve, and we took the opportunity to take some family photos as well.
This visit was special to say the least.  To watch the kids soak up every piece of information is so special, and I am sure this experience will expand their souls, and make them better persons in the long run.

Oh, and if you thought that there is nothing to do for the kids between game drives, you are making a big mistake! After finishing the muesli box, we transformed it into a bird feeder (although no bird made use of it, the anticipation of a bird feeding in our own home made feeder was exciting enough).
Another activity was playing in the mud, and spending hours at the swimming pool!

If you would like to find out more about Limpopo-Lipadi, feel free to visit their  website
It is certainly one of my favourite places in the world!

Anton and Renate


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