This Guess the Hotel: Out of Africa edition is of a safari tented camp, where zebras roam freely around the camp, and buffalos and other wildlife are often seen by the nearby watering hole.
On our drive from the air strip, we saw several herds of African elephants, including some baby elephants. One large female even came within a couple feet of our jeep and looked right at us! Talk about an exciting welcome 🙂
We went off-road, to within a few feet of some lions, relaxing after an apparently large meal.
Just a few minutes later, we were lucky enough to see 3 more lions, siblings of about 3 years old, also resting under a tree to escape the midday heat:
Good thing all these lions were digesting their last meal and not hungry, otherwise this Thomson's gazelle might have been in trouble, as they are common lion prey:
We also saw a Tawny Eagle:
The camp has just 9 tents, so it's truly an intimate experience, and we saw only one other couple while having our lunch. Lunch is on a lovely deck, with a good view of the watering hole:
The tents are 1920s in style, with oriental rugs, lanterns, a clawfoot bathtub, and outdoor shower.
There's even a paint set on the desk, in case the artistic urge strikes:
Lunch was simple, which is what you want in the heat of the day, and delicious. I loved the chilled butternut squash carrot soup so much I'd like the recipe, and both my son's pasta and my vegetable tempura with sweet chili mayo were delicious. All wines and spirits (except French champagne) are also included in the daily rate, and I enjoyed some well balanced South African Sauvignon Blanc with my lunch.
Can you guess the safari lodge and which country it's in?
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