The trip started with the alarm clock going off at 4 am on Monday morning as our flight was due to depart Cape Town at 6 am to Lanseria Airport. Approximately 2 hours later we landed in Lanseria and after collecting our luggage, we quickly picked up our rental car and excitedly started our +- 2-hour journey to Sun City. Upon arrival, we grabbed a quick bite to eat before unpacking the camera gear and heading off to the nearest gate of Pilanesberg National Park as we could not wait to lose ourselves in the magic of the wild bush.
As avid birders, we had great expectations of adding a few lifers (birders keep a list of new bird sightings), the other items on our wishlist were, amongst others – leopard, lion, giraffe, hyena and hippo. As we have never seen a leopard in the wild before, so our hopes were high as there had been a fair amount of sightings the week before our arrival. At this point, I would like to share something we learnt over the years and that is that you must rather enjoy every creature you spot and not just focus on a specific animal/s. If you have limited focus you will not appreciate what nature is sharing with you and will most probably not have an enjoyable time… take it slow and enjoy!