Protea Hotel Empangeni
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... on the roads as usual. Went into Shakland, John, but it seemed pretty closed up. Nothing going on there. There is a huge gap here between those walking miles and those in fast Mercedes driving like maniacs. A lot of corruption. And then yesterday we went to this enormous mall in Durban and finally saw evidence of a growing African middle class. But unfortunately there aren't enough of them. So here we are in Wendy's Guest House in Mtubatuba, a comfortable typically African ...
... of about 6 feet.
It was a fun safari. We did not see any lions, leopards, giraffes or elephants. I think to see many of the animals an overnight safari would be the best bet.
We then were ready to head back to the ship. We dined at the late seating and it was a very sparse dining room. Many people are on overnights.
Tomorrow we will be in Durban, South Africa.
Until next ...
... need to go pee and there was no way I was getting out of that tent in the dark with lion close by, so I didn't allow my curiosity to get the better of me! Rick doesn't sleep. He shuts his eyes, but is always fully alert in the bush. He added wood to the fire every 2 hours through the night and sat up keeping watch, returning to his tent to rest in between, apparently wearing nothing but his gun belt! He had already circled camp before we got up and reported back that new ...
... sightings, followed by a mum and baby white rhino. As we drive around the Sontuli Loop we spot a shadow on the road in front, we both react, Leopard! She is about 15m away, so we drive slowly toward her, but she hurries off into the thick bushes. She stops and watches us for a few minutes, but the density of the forest doesn't allow for a good view and the last we see is her beautiful spotted coat disappear deeper. Leopard are notoriously hard to see, so we feel ...
... is a monster! Fully equipped with self battery starter, self inflating air pressure kit for the tyres, inflatable sand bed, to lift the car out of deep sand if we get stuck, 2 spare tyres, and all the screws, nuts, bolts and wrenches one could think of! After a 30 minute intro on how to use all this stuff (I hope Jon was listening cause he lost me 29 minutes ago!), we are ready to leave and start our self-drive adventure. I am super excited ...