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Tourists want­ing the full­blown sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence will most of­ten stopover in Jo­han­nes­burg en route to the Kruger Na­tional Park or Madikwe Game Re­serve. How­ever, if your visit is more ur­ban fo­cused but you still want to see some wildlife then a trip to Glen Afric Coun­try Lodge is the an­swer.

An easy 40-minute drive from Jo­han­nes­burg, it’s in the Cra­dle of Hu­mankind and the Unesco-des­ig­nated Ma­galies­berg Bio­sphere. Glen Afric of­fers var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that en­able you to get up close and, in some cases touch and in­ter­act, with the wildlife. This in­cludes games drives, bush walks, bird­watch­ing, and ele­phant walks – an hour-anda-half walk through the bush with ele­phants, their han­dlers and guides.

Aside from ele­phants, you might also see lions, chee­tahs, wilde­beest, gi­raffes, hip­popota­mus, leop­ards, var­i­ous an­telopes, mon­keys and warthogs on a game drive. There are snakes, in­clud­ing the puff adder and the Mozam­bique spit­ting co­bra. The bird species are so many and var­ied it’s a dream for bird­watch­ers.

Glen Afric has a his­tory of as­sist­ing in an­i­mal res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion op­er­a­tions. It runs a vol­un­teer pro­gramme that at­tracts peo­ple from all over the world in­ter­ested in an­i­mal wel­fare.

You can ei­ther visit for a day or stay overnight. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is a mix of rooms in the lodge and sta­ble block, cot­tages and five bush tents with en­suite bath­rooms. The lodge has a res­tau­rant, bar, swim­ming pool and cu­rio shop. The tele­vi­sion se­ries Wild at Heart was filmed at Glen Afric and the home­stead built there specif­i­cally for the pro­gramme. Film set tours are also avail­able. gle­

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