The Noels in SA and Namibia 2018 travel blog

Checking into Chisomo Lodge

Our tent camp at Karongwe Chisomo Lodge

Banana tree, very odd!

Inside our tents at Chisomo Lodge

more of inside our tents at Karongwe Chisomo Lodge

Buffet area at Chisomo, check out the "Christmas tree"

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Hippopotamus (not easy to spell)

little teeny weeny baby Monkey

baby Monkey

baby Monkey

Mister Baboon


momma and baby Vervet Monkey

momma and baby Vervet Monkey

I spy with my little eye something that is ... blue ......

Red Hornbills



Val's Leopard, as Rick calls it ...

Today's itinerary

Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. After, the researcher will join us on our evening wildlife safari drive. For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for wildlife viewing. Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Carnivore Conservation Experience

Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent's team will give a talk about cheetahs in South Africa and the important research CMP is doing. We will also discuss conservation within parks and reserves in South Africa and National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. You will then be accompanied by the researcher on a wildlife safari drive to give you more insight into cheetahs and other carnivores.

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