Here’s your first tip – no matter how tired you are NEVER miss a game drive!
On the last morning of our stay I decided not to do the game drive to give me the time to pack at leisure and enjoy my beautiful room – both of which I achieved but to the detriment of missing an amazing experience. When my friends came back and showed me the photos of their encounter with a pride of lions on the hunt I was more than a little annoyed to see what I had missed.
Anyway, I was most intrigued to come to LH to see if it lived up to its promo and I have to say that it did more than that, it exceeded my expectations and by a long way. My friends tell me that my expectations are too high, hence I am continually disappointed by things but that cannot be said for LH, their attention to detail was second-to-none and their service impeccable. This extended from mealtimes with delicious food and big smiles to a steaming hot bath awaiting my return from a chilly evening game drive.
The cocktails or hot chocolate awaiting our return back from the game drives was also a nice touch. I can‘t fault our guides Raymond and June, whose extensive knowledge and tracking skills were a real boon to ensure we never missed an opportunity, as my photos will attest. I still can‘t believe how up close and personal we were with the animals and that we saw so many of them! I was also amazed at how unperturbed they were by our presence, going about their business like mating or devouring a kill, seemingly oblivious to us being there.
Another wonderful experience was the visit to a neighbouring village and the Jeremiah Créche where we distributed presents to the children that we had brought from our respective corners of the globe. It was lovely to see their faces light up with excitement over simple things like lollipops. They sang us a song and generally behaved like children vying for our attention and the next present – it was great!
My only regret is that we only had three nights at LH, it wasn‘t enough! My friends, Angie and Rosanna, and I are already talking about when we can come back again but this time for longer.
Finally, I would just like to thank Duncan and his very capable team again for the wonderful time we had at Leopard Hills. We can‘t wait to come again!
PS. Hannes – can you please tell me what lens you use for you very close up shots and what the best manual setting is for low light situations.