Part 2 of my “Out of Africa” Safari! Each December we fly into Johannesburg, spent a night or two, then drive the 5 hours into Hoedspruit which is the nearest town to the Jejane Game Reserve. My boyfriend’s family, the O’Brien’s, have a holiday home in the Bush. Now, before I confuse you with the different terminology, let me explain that the Bush and/or Game Reserve that I keep referring to is what we outsiders know as “safari.” If you are a native of Africa, you rarely use the term “safari.” These great wide open spaces, which still occupy a huge portion of Africa with their stunning wildlife, are referred to as “the bush” or “the game reserve.” Ok…now that we have that cleared up, I’ll tell you all about it!…
Jejane is a private nature reserve inside the Krueger National Park. The O’Brien’s bush lodge style home is a peaceful sanctuary surrounded by some of the world’s most captivating wildlife. The game drive vehicle (pictured below) is used for viewing animals when driving around the bush. The game drive vehicles are essentially reassembled trucks or jeeps with a dismantled roof, added seats, and covered with extra strong canvas to withstand the rough bush conditions. Of course, the game drives are my absolute favorite thing to do in the bush! Nothing better than having a cold drink in your hand in the hot African sun when you suddenly come upon a Lion and his Lioness having a lazy nap! Caution! – this is when you definitely DO NOT get out of your game drive vehicle as you will likely be eaten! Not kidding.
The days in the bush are spent eating gorgeous meals around the fire, drinking, game drives, napping, reading, drinking some more, spending time with loved ones, and…drinking haha! Again, if visiting Africa isn’t yet on your “bucket list”, it should be!
Another heartfelt thank you to the O’Brien family for taking care of me during this holiday. My trips to South Africa would never be the same without you. Much love xoxo Lacey.
Dress: Aila Blue
**Photography by Lacey Wall and Dean O’Brien**
Elephant breeding herd (look at the cute baby elephants!)
Game drive vehicle (no wild animals were present, I don’t think, during this shot!)
The front entrance of the O’Brien bush home:
Mountain range leading into the Bush:
The infamous tunnel that leads into the bush after crossing over the mountains:
Market Huts surround both sides of the tunnel and are filled with handmade African artifacts and gifts:
I will never tire of this view (it almost looks fake doesn’t it??!!). Animals grazing around this amazing bush tree: