My Dream Vacation: A Game ReservePublished July 7, 2010
Perhaps I'm too picky, but finding that perfect vacation spot has become quite a challenge. However, yesterday morning, I fell in love with a place I'd been researching online and it's time for me to set plans in motion. I suppose my holiday idea started with the Pumba Game Reserve's rescue of three orphaned wild cat cubs, two months ago. Saved were two caracals and a baby lion. The reserve is located in St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. According to the reserve's website, the lion cub's mother was "inadvertently captured by a game relocation team." Two of the mother lion's cubs died, but after a request from the capture team for the remaining cub's rescue, Sheba was relocated to the reserve's Rehabilitation's Center. Two days later, a huntsman called the reserve to make them aware that a pack of dogs had killed a female Caracal, leaving two baby cubs orphaned, holed up in their den. The two cubs were adopted and became excellent companions for the baby lioness. Pumba named the two Caracal kits Jack and Jill, reporting that all of the cubs were responding to care and thriving. Happily, Reserve Rehabilitation Center staff is confident these cubs will be ready for reintroduction to the wild in the future. Get the latest news about Pumba by visiting their Facebook page. So what does this heartwarming rescue story have to do with my dream vacation? There also happens to be a luxury, 4-star hotel a stone's throw from the 'Blue Flagged' Hobie Beach, in South Africa--famous for its mouth-watering cuisine and magnificent accommodations. What's more, the very hotel that has piqued my interest is concerned with nature and wildlife conservation and offers day safaris to Pumba Game Reserve--a perfect fit with my passion for big cats and other African wildlife. Now the only thing left to make this fantasy a reality is to find the financial resources to make my dream come true. Of course that is the greatest fantasy of all! What type of vacation appeals to you? Leave a comment and share. Photo via.