Mala Mala does evening game drives and it so totally worth doing. Animals tend to be lazy during the heat of the african day (wouldn't you be, if you were allowed to?) so the best time to go out is early morning or late evening. That's when things start to get interesting with the predetors stating to hunt.
Dress Code: Long sleeves and trousers, mainly to stop the bugs biting!
Listen to Africa – At night, while sitting around your braai (BBQ) or sipping sundowners on the stoep (patio) of your chalet or bungalow, spend some time just listening to the sounds of the wild.
As darkness falls, and the smells of cooking waft through the air, the hyenas draw closer to the campsite. You will recognise them by their distinctive “whoop” noise.
Despite the fences that encircle the campsites, it is advised you stay in/near your chalets or bungalows after dark. Some bungalows/chalets are situated near enough to the fence to provide some entertainment once night falls:
If you are feeling brave, I invite you to do what my mum does: shine your torch - from the safety and comfort of your stoep - into the darkness that lies beyond the fence. You will be amazed at the amount of glowing eyes that reflect back at you!
While we were sitting in the bar area of Mopani, enjoying a bottle of South African wine as we watched the sun go down, we struck up a conversation with five white South African guys from Jo'burg who were on a weekend getaway. They asked us to join them later in their accommodations for a little party, so we agreed. When we arrived at about 9 PM there was a great chorous of greetings as the party was already in full swing with beer and wine flowing copiously! The 'Big 5', as they called themselves, had a great BBQ (braii) underway and I was soon treated to a delicious 'boervos' sausage, it had been a long time since I had tasted one of those spicey delights! Over the course of the evening, we had great talks back and forth about many issues, including the latest political developments in South Africa. It was close to 2 AM before we managed to find our way back to our humble abode! This night, meeting and talking to these average guys, was one of the highlights of our entire trip!
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Yes, exactly, what else you can expect? Up there was our local pub, and after long day of driving and animal watching it was brilliant place to take it easy and relax with few drinks.
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