No lion, no witch…but we did find a wardrobe.


Have we really arrived?
With apologies to CS Lewis.

As our game drive vehicle entered the campsite, I thought
for a moment that I had stepped into the pages of the novel by C.S Lewis!

Why, because according to the sign we had arrived in
Narnia…albeit at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park.
Or so I thought…
But what led me to believe that?

Firstly the shape of the thatched roofs of the main lodge
building reminded me instantaneously of a witch’s hat. And when I mentioned
this fact to the ranger he agreed with me!

Although I did spend time searching for either the witch or
her transport, I found neither. Even if I had found the latter, I am not
certain that I could have convinced my wonderful wife to play the role of the

The next part of the title was more elusive.
We spent two days searching for a pride of lions whose spoor
seemed to cause both our ranger and tracker endless problems.
The excitement
levels in the vehicle were directly linked to ”They are here”! to “ They are
close”! and eventually faded altogether when both Jason and Emmanuel agreed
that the pride had eluded our best attempts to locate them.

Eventually we did find the last part of the title.
And as it turned out the easiest one to locate…a wardrobe
does not require tracking skills!
And where did we eventually locate the last piece of the

In the bathroom at the Tinyeleti  Treehouse where we spent a wonderful evening
dining out and sleeping under the stars.
Well not quite under the stars as the
enormous bed was surrounded by a mosquito net.

If we had been able to step though the wardrobe, this is what we would have seen.

However it was at this point that I realized that the whole
exercise had been pointless.
Because I had actually misread the name of the camp…it was
not Narnia but NARINA…

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