Thursday Doors – Arriving at Tau Game Lodge #Africa #giraffe #wildebeeste #elephants

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My husband, youngest son, and I went on a four-day adventure from Saturday to Tuesday. It was a long weekend here in South Africa and we decided to make the most of it. Our road trip included a visit to a small town called Groot Marico which is the primary setting for the short stories written by South Africa’s most famous short story writer, Herman Charles Bosman. Groot Marico has a literacy centre in his honour with a replica of the original farm school where he taught. From Groot Marico, we went on to Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. This proved to be the most amazing place for animal sightings we have visited to date. For those of you who have an interest in such things, there is also a spa you can visit. I spent 7 1/2 hours a day on game drives and 3 hours eating so there wasn’t time for a spa visit.

I am starting backwards with our trip and featuring Tau Game Lodge first. My reason is that I want to record some YT video’s of Bosman’s poetry and a short story to share when I feature Groot Marico and I haven’t started with that project yet.

Entrance to the Tau Game Lodge concession

We arrived to early to check-in to our rooms, so we sat at our table on the platform above the waterhole and watched the animals.

View through the door out to the viewing platform

The watering hole was teaming with animals. The following pictures are my attempt at taking artistic pictures (thank you for the idea, Rebecca Budd).

A giraffe framed by the branches of a tree
An elephant with two giraffe behind it. The giraffe’s long necks are crossing over which I thought was rather interesting.
Elephants drinking and submerging in the water
A herd of Wildebeeste drinking – not as artistic but what an experience!

This is my video of a giraffe drinking. It is a very awkward undertaking for giraffes.

This is a short clip of the Wildebeeste coming to drink at the watering hole:

This is a short video of an elephant bathing. It went right under the water which was pretty amazing to watch:

71 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Arriving at Tau Game Lodge #Africa #giraffe #wildebeeste #elephants

  1. I’ve been checking for your post all morning, Robbie. What a wonderful adventure. Amazing that you can sit on the viewing platform and all the animals come to you. And I think you did a great job with the “artistic” photography. The photo of the giraffe framed by green is stunning. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. 😀

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    1. HI Diana, I am never very timeous with my posts [hides face with hands]. I was in the office yesterday morning. I am so pleased you liked my attempt at arty pictures. I had a little fun taking these ones. It was a hot day on the Sunday we arrived and the animals all came to drink and swim. We were so lucky as the next to days were much cooler so we didn’t get nearly as many sightings from the platform. There is more to come over the next few weeks. I am still revealing in the memories of this trip.

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  2. Wow! What an incredible experience, Robbie! This is something my husband and I would love to do some day. Your photos are wonderful, how the animals are framed within the trees, along with the giraffe’s necks being crossed. Thank you for sharing this amazing adventure. ❤️

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