NI­A­GARA WINE COUN­TRY

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Canada’s Sonoma Valley of the north

Kruger Na­tional Park is truly the best place to spot the Big 5, the Lit­tle 5 and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Dur­ing our 10 day trip, we had the most re­mark­able sight­ings. We spot­ted more leop­ards than I have seen in years. This in­cluded a fe­male sleep­ing un­der a tree while her cub played in a nearby. We also had the priv­i­lege of watch­ing an­other fe­male eat her kill in a tree while sur­rounded by scav­eng­ing hye­nas on the ground be­low. One morn­ing, we ar­rived just as a pride of lions at­tempted their last hunt at a wa­ter­ing hole be­fore rest­ing for the day. We watched as a herd of ele­phants grazed and their young ones played. Our sight­ing in­cluded rhino, buf­falo, hip­pos, gi­raffes, chee­tah and much more. Each of the lux­ury lodges of­fers twice-daily game drive in their sa­fari ve­hi­cles. Al­though sight­ings are not guar­an­teed the ex­pert guides and track­ers en­sured that we were treated to the most ex­tra­or­di­nary wildlife scenes. Days are spent in the time-hon­ored tra­di­tion of an African sa­fari – early morn­ing game drives are fol­lowed by a lazy day of rest, then an af­ter­noon game drive that segues into sunset drinks be­fore a night drive back to camp. And there is al­ways plenty of food that is just too tasty to de­cline.

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