Former guests Graham and Gina Jackson recently stayed with us. They crafted these beautiful words to paint a picture of their experience at Arathusa.
South Africa with its land so vast,
Miles round the Kruger we have passed
Villages and many a humble home
On the drive to Arathusa with its bush to roam.
Toyota Land Cruiser, Cedric’s choice of beast
Crossing tracks, north, south, west and east
Norman seeks out the animals wherever they are
Our group of six have travelled from afar.
Safety in numbers, for survival is key
Roaming together all staying free
Warthog, giraffe join zebra crossing walk
We admire in silence, not a time to talk.
Deep in the bush trees are stirred
Heavy trampling of an elephant herd
Enormous animals they’ve come to play
Up to our vehicle then back on their way.
Leopards are spotted, the most feline cat
Mum, Dad and cub, a rare sight is that
Takes our breath away looking up into the tree
Sharing their dinner, this family of three.
Limping buffalo makes a sad sight
She won’t give up her life without a fight
As Hyenas taunt their intended kill
She leaves the water to escape over the hill!
Patrolling their territory, these lions prowl
While young cubs play and practice their growl
A coalition of lions forming this pride
Privileged seen together rewarding early morning ride.
Afternoon time soon comes around for final game drive,
As we seek out the Rhino our last of the Big five
Despite best efforts our search is in vain
No worries, perhaps we’ll come back again.
Out here, Mother Nature is King
As new beginnings the seasons bring
The circle of life, designed to preserve
Please look after these animals, it’s what they deserve.
Graham and Gina Jackson
- The Styx cubs and the Birmingham males, by ranger Cedric Dold
- Hyena feast at Arathusa, by ranger Rein Kock