Botlierskop has abundant wildlife such as giraffes, rhinos, lions, elephants, zebras, and more. Most of the more popular game of the park are rescued from various areas, like, the circus. Luckily these animals can roam around freely in the park, and they have to scavenge for their own food.
As our game drive continued, we spotted the giraffe babies, who still rise above the vehicle. As we took pictures, the mother arrived and blocked the road for us. She was unwilling to walk faster or move for our truck. But eventually, the mother was distracted by food and started to eat the leaves from a nearby tree.
It was almost time to head out of the vehicle for a short bushwalk. Unfortunately, rain started to pour down on us, and we were unable to do the walk. However, we stayed dry and extended our game drive through the park. Because of this, we ran into the three lions. We first spotted the two females laying in the grass as the rainfall progressed. Eventually, the male popped his head up as well.
Our first safari experience was almost over before someone spotted the elephant family from our vehicle. The gentle giants roamed around looking for food as the smaller elephant ran after his family. Satisfied that we saw most of the animals in the park, we headed back to the main building, where the rhinos were waiting for us.
Three rhinos roamed around the building, and they came quite close. But it was time to head to our accommodation in the Ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. As you go over the mountain pass, the lush green grass of the Garden Route changes into the dry semi-dessert of the Klein Karoo. As we entered the Klein Karoo, ostriches started to pop-up out of nowhere. There are many farms along the route that breed ostriches for their meat, eggs, and feathers.