It was a crisp summers morning, the perfect day for a full day Safari cycle experience up the West Coast just about 1.5 hours drive from The Mother City.
I was feeling excited about the day as it was my first time visiting the Buffelsfontein, which I had heard so much about.
Upon our arrival to the Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve we were greeted by the local park ranger who lead us to a table displaying different fresh juices and a choice of teas and coffee to get the day started. The reserve really had an “African Bush” feel to it and was very still and quiet.
We set off on on a sandy road with the safari jeep right behind us, keeping us safe from dangerous animals.
As we where cycling up a slight up-hill I noticed 2 massive shapes about 100 metres away in the distance. We continued cycling, oblivious to the fact they were a very unsettled pair of Rhinos. Clearly threatened and upset by our presence, they started to charge towards us. Seriously had my heart pumping. Finally, they looped back. *Exhale*
During a short water break we spotted some springbok, South Africa’s national animal, and then the day continued with more riding, taking sharp corners and getting some really fun down-hill action.
We then headed to the Cheetah enclosure and met our trusted game ranger, who lead us inside with no vehicle, no nothing. A Cheetah was chilling on a tree branch right beside the trail about 2m above our heads. It was truly a special experience to get so close to these big cats.
We then visited some Linx, and saving the best for last, the kings of the animal kingdom: The Lions.
This wrapped up our Buffelfontein Cycling experience and we set off down the road to !Khwa ttu Nature Reserve which preserves the San traditions and cultures and also has a sick mountain biking single track.
Speeding downhill we came across Zebra and before we knew it we where cycling amongst all types of wildlife.
We all tried their speciality Eland burgers for lunch and washed it down with a glass of sparkling wine.
What a Day!