After a long night of driving, it was great waking up in our Baboon proof, 5 star room, complete with trap doors. Everyone was able to get a warm shower and a relaxing breakfast, before heading out on a safari.
The safari was the highlight of the day. We saw tons of animals ranging from zebras to lions and hippos to warthogs. And to complete the safari, we got to visit the movie set of The Lion King. We saw Pride Rock, the great stampede, and Timon and Pumba’s watering hole.
We arrived back at camp after this amazing safari, to a warm and fresh lunch. We ate quick, gathered our gear and still had enough time for a hike. My hiking group consisted of Charlie, Farrad, Mitch, Dawn, Doctor and myself.
Our goal was to walk an hour to the information building and back. Although reality hit in, and it only took us 15 minutes to walk there. The information building was a disappointment, so we left quickly and headed to the rendezvous location. On the way there, we came across an aviary and swimming pool. Being ahead of schedule as we were, we took a break. Dawn wrote in her journal and Mitch went and watched the birds. For the four remaining guys, we decided to strip to our boxers and go for a swim.
The water was freezing cold, but our bodies quickly numbed the feelings. We swam for what felt like two hours, but was only really a half hour because of the icy water.
We met up with the rest of the group, soaking wet. We grabbed our towels, dried off and piled into the vans. We headed off in the sun set to Johannesburg.
By Andrew Hart