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MEET THE TEAM - Janelle Thirsk

Why I love safaris

As I live in a busy city, I love the idea of being able to take the time out and go on safari. Now it is even more special to spend the time there with my young family. I love the feeling of being in the bush with all of the natural environment and the surprise of what you could see on a drive or a walk. Waking up extra early in the hope to spot that last Big 5 animal that I am so desperate to see. The great thing about the safari is that you never know what you are going to get, swimming yawning hippos, flirting aggressive lions, or just a tall giraffe eating from the top of a very tall tree. Evenings in the boma listening to stories, or amarula hot chocolate on your morning game drive break, and the food….. which is always delicious. Safaris are a great way to unwind and to explore and untouched part of the world! Nature at its best.

My Best Sighting

My absolute favourite sighting was seeing an elephant wading in the water in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. He was massive and yet so demure and quiet. I could’ve sat there and watched him for hours.

Another great sighting of mine was in the Sabi Sand whilst at Ulusaba and we searched for a mommy leopard and her 4 baby cubs. After 1.5 hours we found them and the cubs were so curious with us, almost playful from a distance. It was incredible! Mommy leopard watched on as her cubs played together. It was a great end to the game drive ending with drinks watching the sunset.

Areas/Reserves visited:

South Africa

Kruger National Park, Timbavati Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger Concessions, Manyeleti Game Reserve, Klaserie Game Reserve; Balule Game Reserve, Welgevonden Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Garden Route Game Reserves. Kwazulu Natal, Garden Route, Cape Town and of course the winelands.


Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans, Selinda, Linyanti, Savute Marsh, Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park, Selinda Spillway.


Male, La Digue, Praslin

Janelle 1
Janelle Lions
Janelle Drinks