Today we loaded onto buses for an exciting journey inland so we could all go on a game drive. My group headed for an 11,500 hectares (28,000 acres) private reserve called Kariega. We went straight into game vehicles for our safari, and it wasn’t long before we saw some excellent game. We had sightings of small antelope, such as impala, nyala, and blesbuck, and larger game, such as giraffe, buffalo, and zebra. The highlight was a large bull elephant drinking at a small waterhole. It was a such a treat.

We went back to the lodge for a wonderful lunch and some entertainment before heading back to National Geographic Explorer.

That evening, cocktail hour was buzzing with tales of all our adventures and encounters with iconic African wildlife.