Schotia Private Game Reserve is located about a 40-minute drive from Addo.
While Addo cost ZAR150 for each one of us, Schotia was ZAR650 for each! No wonder it's called "Private Game Reserve". This cost included refreshment, dinner and a special 4x4 called "Landy" which was driven and navigated by a ranger/guide.
The photo below shows (from left) Christian, Patricia, Reuben and me with our Landy behind us.

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Schotia was smaller than Addo in terms of the area. Therefore, our chance to encounter animals in Schotia was higher than that of Addo.
We saw many antelopes, zebras, a few roaming giraffes, and two beautiful white rhinos here.

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I was happy to see more animals in Schotia than in Addo, but there was one species missing and yet to be seen - lions.
Our ranger/guide kept driving the Landy as he was trying to locate the exact whereabouts of lions by cooperating with other Schotia rangers.

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Finally, we tracked down a herd of lions resting on a hill. They looked majestic, especially the male one with distinctive fur around his neck. Sadly but luckily, they all looked indifferent to us.

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The dinner as shown in the photo below was provided after sunset with lots of meat, a few veggies, bread and nice stew. This was apparently a typical South African meal and I really enjoyed it.

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Shortly after our dinner, we went for a night safari. It was completely dark with only the headlights of our Landy on. Not knowing what we might encounter on our way was a little creepy but exciting at the same time. And after 10 minutes of driving in the dark we found some gathering in the bush.

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It was the same herd of lions that we had encountered earlier in the afternoon.

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This time they were having dinner - some sort of meat, possibly a kudu. I was a bit skeptical about whether these lions hunted it on their own or Schotia's rangers placed it here for this whole show....?

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All in all, I really enjoyed the safaris at Schotia.
Although it was a little pricey, witnessing two big rhinos and a herd of lions paid off. It was almost 23pm when we got back to our hostel in PE. Thanks to Reuben, Patricia and Christian for their great company!

Now J-Bay is calling me.


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