RiRi’s wild time in SA – at full price

2013-10-20 14:00

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Rihanna needed no umbrella while frolicking with elephants and lions under sunny South African skies this week.

The 25-year-old pop star’s Joburg and Cape Town concerts hardly elicited rave reviews, but she seemed unperturbed during a visit to the Aquila Game Reserve in the southern Karoo.

The singer and her entourage of 30 arrived at the luxury and private game reserve on Thursday morning after her concert at the Cape Town Stadium the evening before.

The songbird and her posse – including her mother, Monica Braithwaite – viewed South Africa’s big five on a R1 200-per-person safari game drive.

RiRi, in skintight jeans with signature leopard-print-framed sunglasses, made time to stroke an elephant and to pose for pictures next to the towering beast.

She also dashed around Karoo Koppies on a quad bike before a dinner of beef sirloin, lamb curry and traditional snoek with apricot and coriander.

The reserve’s owner Searl Derman said the singer insisted on paying full price.

“She was very adventurous and a lot of fun. She clearly loved the quad bike tour.”

Derman said Rihanna seemed moved by their Saving Private Rhino antipoaching campaign and stocked up on several T-shirts bearing the slogan.

She bought other souvenirs, including a safari jacket.

During her Cape Town stay, RiRi overnighted at the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel’s opulent presidential suite. The suite features an ornate bath flanked by white orchids, next to floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking a rear view of Table Mountain and the sea.

While in town, she also visited the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront and slipped into a pastel-coloured Chanel bikini while shark-cage diving off the coast at Gansbaai, near Hermanus.

Meanwhile, fans left Rihanna’s Cape Town concert with mixed feelings on Wednesday evening.

Winston Klaasen (22) said the show was “totes amazing” but questioned the singer’s wardrobe choice.

“She was wearing the same outfit right through?…?no man! Surely she can afford more costumes,” said Klaasen.

In other nations on her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna wore several costumes by the world’s foremost fashion designers, including Riccardo Tisci of luxury French label Givenchy.

It is unclear why she didn’t do the same while performing in South Africa. But thousands of her fans were thrilled despite talk of the singer’s lip-synching ways.

Towards the end of her Cape Town show, even security guards were swaying and singing along to hit singles like We Found Love in a Hopeless Place.

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