we're nearing the weekend, people! and while it might snow early next week, we're gonna see 60s on friday and saturday. weeeeeeeeee!
today's post features easily my favorite part of our africa trip back in november (which, full disclaimer, will elicit the most photos). a few days into the trip, we packed up our bags and trekked 4.5 hours to madikwe game reserve, right near the botswana border. we were greeted at the tau lodge (the whole reserve has something like 30 different lodges...it's huge!) with warm towels, friendly faces and our guide for the stay, jesse!
our first of four game drives (essentially a safari where you go on a drive to find game...makes sense, right?) was that first afternoon and we met a couple, tom and faye, that would become part of our group. they were absolutely lovely and fit right in with the rest of us.
i knew we would see animals on a safari, but what surprised me the most was the sheer amount of them at every turn. during our first drive and the subsequent others, seeing zebras, giraffes, elephants and others became commonplace - which is just crazy to think about! check these guys out:
since the last photo features jesse's arm, i want to take minute to express just how wonderful he was during our stay. he is fairly new to this reserve, but had so much passion and genuine drive to make the guests happy. i can't tell you how many times he asked if we wanted to go see something and then would immediately get a fiery look in his eye to go find it. the title of this post actually comes from something he said often when going off on adventures. he was so awesome and completely made the trip.
anyway, onto more animal pics!
^ this is the setup for sundowner time, the fancy term for south african happy hour, during the evening drive. jesse packed all the essentials: cocktails, mixers and snacks. it was the best way to recap the day and everything we saw and get to know everyone in the group. we also stopped and had coffee and biscuits during the morning drives. let's see...coffee in the morning, happy hour at night. it's like they know me!
cannot wait to go back someday! cheers to new friends, incredible scenery and an unforgettable few days at tau!