We went to South Africa to experience the thrill meeting wildlife eye-to-eye. And our expectations where fully met! In the Kruger National Park we were exploring, as well as in the Greater Kruger area and namely the Parsons Nature Reserve, where we literary lived surrounded by wildlife! In a one-of-a-kind place: the Maninghi Lodge 🙂
The Maninghi Lodge is a very big house that we had for ourselves! And… the chameleon, and monkeys, and crocodiles, and hippos, and elephants, and… you name it! It is located in the most scenically wonderful place – on the bank of the Olifants River. Across it, you can watch the ongoing and never-ending spectacle of wild animals coming to graze and water. Late June, we spent there three nights and truly, truly we wished there were more! 🙂
Everybody were very happy here: we, the adults, found wonderful pals in Vicky, Paul and Francois, the most hospitable people who run the place – we spent many hours talking and talking about Africa, wildlife and… life! 🙂 And the kids had their wonderful adventures with the chameleon and monkeys visiting us. As said, the house is spacious, very well maintained, with great terrace and outdoor dinner room with bonfire place and a pool – the most wonderful place to eat for the view of the river is amazing.
FOOD TIP In the Maninghi Lodge, you can either go self-catering or – we heartily recommend this – arrange for food being prepared by Vicky & Co. The breakfasts and dinners we had were most delicious, and what is to be underlined – prepared exactly to the liking of everybody individually – how wonderful of you, Vicky! (two of us were vegetarian, so Paul even got soya sausages for the breakfast – in the middle of the bush! 😉 the kids loved the pancakes with fruits and different toppings, and vegetable omelettes, and finding out that our kids love pizza, Vicky cooked us pizzas that would match those from Napoli:) Also the African cuisine is wow!
We also enjoyed greatly the game drives with Paul. The guides are super-expert on wildlife and can show you amazing things with live commentary 🙂 We spotted really really great many animals in the Parsons Reserve around as well as on the premises themselves (day visits of elephants, bushbacks, impalas and monkeys and night visits by hippos and crocodiles). And the stay at Maninghi is ABSOLUTELY SAFE! We felt very safe for Paul, Vicky and Francois were always around with advise and assistance (the house is yours, but they stay on the premises all the time, sleeping in the professional camp just by the house).