Right now, under Level Three lockdown, South Africa’s SA’s game lodges are eerily quiet. No bustling preparations for candlelit dinners in a dry riverbed. No sipping of whisky around a gently crackling fire as guests recall sightings. No energetic teams of guides, trackers, chefs and hosts who make the SA safari such an exceptional experience.

Just before the lockdown in March, I was one of a lucky few who visited Shumbalala Game Lodge (https://www.shumbalala.co.za/) in Limpopo’s Thornybush Nature Reserve. For three sublime days we were disconnected from the coming storm, and from the braying, politicking chaos that continues to upend our world.

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