Our Poor Mans Game Drive

Stuck for something to do this Sunday we decided to go on our local Poor Mans Game drive. We drove from Port Alfred heading towards East London on the R72 in the Eastern Cape for approximately 20 mins and just before reaching Fish River there is a left hand turning into Kapp Reserve. The turning is signposted. 

The road is a dirt track but on a dry day is easily done in a normal car. The road takes you through a gate and across a cattle grid and straight into the reserve. Following the dirt track you will wind your way through the Kapp Reserve and will soon be upon views over the valley and Fish River. Keeping our eyes peeled we look out for game. On the way you pass a picnic point and also the start of a 3 hour canoe trail. We continued up the dirt track and soon spotted some giraffe sitting down in the bush but quite easy to spot. There were quite a few giraffe and a number of zebra all mingling together. I dont think I had ever seen giraffe sitting down in the wild so it was quite a treat. They were quite close to the track and getting photos was easy. Then as we turned the corner a number of zebra passed right across the road infront of us. Naturally they stopped and stared at us before continuing on their way. 

We continued slowly on our way and then spotted a herd of buck all gathered under the bush feeding. There was an excellent mix of males and females and their babies. They werent too bothered by us and allowed us to get some lovely photos. So why is this a Poor Mans Game Drive - well for starters its free as long as you turn back before you hit the main entrance into the reserve. It was lovely and quiet and we enjoyed a good hour or so checking out the animals. 

Ok so its not the Big 5 but if you are just looking to amuse yourself its really good fun. On the way back we passed the giraffe again this time up and about and feeding on the bush. All in all a well spent afternoon. For a Big 5 Game Reserve experience why not check out our Game Reserve Accommodation. Click here for all your other South Africa Accommodation needs.
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