We were up at 5 to start our morning game drive. What a way to spend your birthday!

This morning, we saw black rhino (very rare – this was the first in the open sighting our guide had seen in three years); elephants, giraffes and cheetah – all in one morning! Awesome.

Shamwari Safari - Lion - King of the Bush
Shamwari Safari – Lion – King of the Bush

Shamwari had baked a birthday cake for Tim – a black gateau complete with liquorice all sorts – which he polished off before the evening game drive.

This morning had been good, but it got much better on the evening game drive. We spent an hour – just the two of us with three guides – watching lions. Such a privilege.

We ended the night with a braai around the outside fire pit with our guides and another birthday cake was wheeled out to a chorus of “Happy Birthday”. Special.

New experience – tasting kudu – very lean and tasty.

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