Congratulations you have completed Level 4 and will be moving onto Level 3. Your unending commitment and dedication to help flatten the curve has earned you the right to hike and game drive. We were super excited about the news that Level 3 unlocked hiking and game-drives, so we said yes to adventure this weekend.
Alert Level 3 unlocks …
Hiking and game drives have become legal since the 1st of June 2020. You can go hiking between 06:00 and 18:00 and as long as you drive yourself in your own car. Hiking is allowed as long as it is done in compliance with existing guidelines and not in groups. While game drives are allowed under Alert Level 3, crossing any provincial boundary for purposes of leisure remains banned.
Below 0 temperatures didn’t keep us from hopping out of bed super early so that we could get on the road and make the most of our day. Togged from head to toe in winter gear, we hopped into the car with coffee in hand and made our way through to the Cradle of Human Kind.
We were so incredibly eager to leave the house that we forgot to have breakfast (a first for this household), but stopped at a garage to grab something. What used to be a quick pop into the garage shop turned into a slightly more cumbersome exercise. In all honesty, it wasn’t bad and I think that lock-down has taught us to be incredibly patient and tolerant.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Upon arrival at Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve we had to complete some documentation specific to Covid-19 requirements, had our temperatures taken and then made our way into the reserve. Seeing as we purchased our tickets online the process didn’t take very long. The staff seem to be well-trained and organised which made for a pleasurable experience.
Make sure to take
- Masks (No mask, no entry)
- Sanitiser even though the facility does have at the restaurant and bathrooms
- Pen to complete paperwork
- Enough water to drink seeing as you will be spending a longer period in your vehicle than usual
Then we were free to embark on our self-drive game drive. It was amazing to be out in nature again and to be so close to the incredible wildlife found in South Africa. Sightings were awesome and the animals were in top form.
At midday we made our way to the restaurant area to have lunch. Orders can be made when booking your tickets online, but we choose to order when we were ready to eat. While sit-down meals at the restaurant are not allowed, visitors may picnic on condition that they stay close to their cars and refrain from walking around. We placed our food order and returned to the vehicle where our food was brought to us..
After a quick lunch, we hopped back into the vehicle to make our way to the feeding session. On a Saturday at 1pm visitors can see the lions, cheetahs and wild dogs being fed.
It was a feeding frenzy
The queue to watch the animals feed was longer than usual but we are so grateful that we did get to watch all 3 feedings. This is always a highlight for us and we never seems to get enough of watching the animals devour their food.
Animals spotted on our game-drive
The weather was absolute perfection for a game drive and we were extremely fortunate to see so many animals up close. We saw a lot of birds but aren’t the best bird spotters so I don’t know all the names. Here is a list of the animals we could identify:
- White lions
- White rhino
- Cape buffalo
- Yellow mongoose
- Cape ground squirrel
- A pregnant hippo
- African wild dog
- Sable antelope
- Blue wildebeest
- Black wildebeest
- Red hartebeest
- Black-shouldered kite
Things we missed
- Feeding the giraffe but we did see her on our way out
- A visit to Bothongo Wonder Cave
- The cheetah talk and demo
- A visit to see the cubs
- The wildlife centre
- The reptile show
These things were missed as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and as a result the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve has amended fees for this period.
Level 3 unlocked hiking and game-drives, here are more options
We are an adventuring family and love exploring South Africa. For more about our travel adventures click HERE.
I strongly recommend that you call ahead or check the relevant websites to ensure you meet all the requirements for hiking and games-drives. Online bookings are a better option as many facilities prefer not to work with cash and this will also speed up the entrance process.
Other than that, I hope you use the opportunity to allow yourself some freedom to the outside world as lock-down in South Africa continues. After all, Level 3 unlocked hiking and game-drives so why not explore your province. Let me know in the comments if you have been on a game drive or hike and how your experience was. We would also love your recommendations on places to visit especially in other cities in South Africa.
Stay safe and happy adventuring lovelies