We are in the Thorny Bush Game Reserve near Kruger National Park, staying at Chapungu Lodge in a luxury tent which, I'm happy to report, turns out not to be an oxymoron.
This may be my very favorite of any place I've ever stayed, anywhere in the world. Each tent is set by itself for privacy in amongst the bush and has canvas sides on a log frame, wood floors, gorgeous furniture, air conditioning, HAIR DRYERS (!), sherry for evening, a lovely bathroom with double sinks...all the amenities and immaculate attention to detail. The staff is fabulous and the food splendid. We've been out on four game drives so far and have seen the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Also wildebeest, impala, hippo, zebra, giraffe...and the list goes on. All out in the open, some as close as five feet from our jeep, and not in a cage. It's remarkable and thrilling. When I get home I'll write more details and post some spectacular pictures.
Time for a nap now before our next drive.