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... helped us try make it happen at the end of our trip last year, but it wasn't to be. We tried again to fit it in when we visited Africa earlier this year, but again, it didn't work out. And this time it almost didn't happen, but we came to the decision that we just had to take a longer vacation to fit it in! So we are finally here, and the excitement levels hit the roof during the evenings dive planning meeting for our first days diving tomorrow. Sweet ...
Up bright and early at 5 AM. We ate breakfast, packed bag lunches and were off to canoe and game walk. After a quick ten minutes in the open air Land Rover we arrived at the riverbanks where we were given a quick briefing on how much space to leave the hippos floating in the river. As hippos are the most deadly creature to humans in Africa I was sure to pay close attention. We were also told how to cope with crocodiles and the procedure if one's ...
... morning and looked out of the window to see inyala and impala browsing on the grass.
A last visit to the Masinga hide again proved fruitful. Zebra and wildebeest and five wooly necked storks. We counted eighteen warthogs drinking and rolling in the mud. The weather was lovely and sunny and they were enjoying the mud and water immensely.
Leaving the park via the Mahlahla hide we watched as three warthogs moved threateningly towards a pair of Egyptian geese and their three ...
KZN Part II
Now it was time for the Wildlife Ranchers meeting. This was to be
held at the Nkwazi Lake Lodge, overlooking the Jozini Lake in the
Pongola Game Reserve, the owner of which was a prominent member of
the WRSA. Lucy and I got there a bit early so that we could have some
time to tweak her presentation and get some other work done. Let me
paint the scene for you as we finally entered the conference room, it
was fairly comical. About 50 ...
... who were digging-out the biggest rocks with crow-bars. It turned out they were doing this as punishment for something, so their supervising adult (with whipping stick) wasn't very amused. We got back to our base at Hawane just in time for the evening's thunder and lightening. Young Sibebe's chest is clearing and mouth ulcers are improved and he's eating again. His house mother is getting some calories back into ...
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