So we have been living in South Africa and running our tented camp for a while now, well living her for over two and a half years and running the camp for approaching two years! So why after all this time am I starting to write a blog? Well finally a more settled routine has developed. I say more because even now it is far from settled!
Why did we chose to emigrate to South Africa?
We are English so why did we decide to move to South Africa? First and foremost we love the bush and we love African wildlife. Living here on the Ndlovumzi Nature reserve we are spoilt with both! Our reserve is 1000ha and only accessed via a 10 Km dirt road so it is peaceful, really peaceful far from the noise and disturbance we were used to living in the South East of England. Our house in the image below with the blue roof, whilst the tents are in the shade of the trees along the river!
Living in South Africa - Challenges
Living here is not without challenge, to convert our property from a slightly run down farm house into family house and a luxury tented camp has been far from plain sailing! One of our biggest challenges has without doubt been dodgy builders! It seems that this is a challenge for many people both locally and to a lesser degree across South Africa.
There are challenges to living in a fairly remote area, mainly shopping and the school run etc. It is certainly gutting if you get home after a visit to town only to discover you forgot to pick something up at the supermarket! You get used to planning your town visits with a near military precision. Especially as we are very particular at sourcing our provisions for a guests from a range of local suppliers, we get different meats from different butchers, fruit and veg from a range of suppliers so a shopping trip to get us and our guests for a few days take up most of one day. We often find ourselves providing catering options for guests who do not eat gluten or meat and sometimes vegans so our food shopping can be a very complex operation!
But above all we love being here, of course the weather beats England hands down and it is actually a privilege to live in such a wonderful location. One driver for living here was for our children to experience a different way of life. This has been a real success, the kids love the outdoor lifestyle, they embrace the wildlife and the way of life. Here they are often without an electronic device and we do not even have a tv in the house.
South Africa Safaris
Just yesterday I was with guests in the Kruger National Park, we were on a two day trip, the night before had ended on a real high with an awesome Rhino sighting, mum, dad and youngster literally on the road next to us. I though that would be the highlight of the 2 day safari but early on day 2 we had a sighting that I believe eclipsed the Rhinos and that was of a pack of Wild Dogs on a kill! This was extra special as 6 of the dogs were puppies born earlier this year so it was so awesome to see that the puppies are doing well
One of the most pleasing aspects with seeing these dogs though was when I messaged my wife to tell her my children who are 5 and 7 begged my wife to take them in the Kruger to see the dogs for themselves!
Being my first post this is a bit of an insight into living here, my next post will be looking at the packages we offer and introducing some of the guides we work with. We are developing a full range of guided tours and safaris so watch this space!