We spent a fabulous week at Black Rhino in early January. Two families with an assortment of friends filled adjoining villas where we were hosted by outstanding rangers, Hannes and Anneri. These lovely people couldn’t do enough to make our stay pleasant and were more than willing to go the extra mile – quite literally! We clocked up a Black Rhino record in terms of kilometres covered on game drives over our stay!
Unfortunately, there was not much game on Black Rhino at the time of our visit and, at times, the roads were fairly inaccessible due to rainy conditions. Consequently we opted to head through the corridor into the Pilanesberg portion on most drives. However, on each journey through the corridor, we had wonderful sightings, including serval, lion and a good hour spent amidst a massive breeding herd making its way through the valley. The joy of sightings in the corridor is that they are completely private as the general public does not have access to this area.
Visiting in January was special as there were so many baby animals around. We spent some time watching a leopard with her two off-spring sunning themselves on a rocky out crop and a healthy lion pride with four delightful cubs posed for us as if at a shoot for a calendar! We were entranced. Under Hannes’ able direction, we also increased our knowledge of birds, adding a new dimension to our bush experience.
Accommodation at Black Rhino is first class. Eight people are comfortably accommodated in the beautifully appointed villas – twelve if there are children who can use the loft areas - and there is more than enough space in the well-designed living area. Our evenings were spent gathered around the boma fire, reminiscing on the day’s sitings or embroiled in extensive snooker competitions at the pool table. The only negative in our villa was that the jacuzzi heater was not working and we were sad to miss out on that. Despite being January, it was too chilly to jacuzzi in unheated water.
We loved every minute of our stay. The general consensus was that it was just too short! Had we been there longer, we would have taken more time to simply relax in our villa. We were so concerned that we would miss out on potential sightings if we did not go on all possible game drives. Fortunately, Hannes was as “game” as we were to spend as much time as possible out in the bush!
Submitted by Beverley Surmon, who rented Lodges 21 & 22 Black Rhino Game Reserve