Our final week has come to an end and we will soon be heading back home. This week has given us even more amazing memories to take back with us.
We had to wake up at 4am (and we thought we had to get up early to go to the Kruger National Park!) on Thursday for the early morning Elephant Back Safari at Camp Jabulani. We were all extremely excited, but not as excited as Jo, who had been looking forward to the event since she first booked her trip to HESC. Being on the back of an elephant is an amazing feeling in itself, and then to have the added bonus of being able to take in one’s the surroundings from such a height. Wow! Watching the sunrise from such an incredible vantage point is an experience we will never forget.
On Friday we had a group of children visit us from Paulos Ngobeni primary school. They came to the Centre to learn about the cheetah and other animals. We showed them the adaptations of the cheetah and then took them on a walking tour through the Centre. We also played a number game with them, which we all enjoyed immensely. It was really fun to interact with these youngsters.
In the afternoon we got the opportunity to have a one-on-one session with a fully grown male cheetah named Burger. This was a truly amazing experience! Burger was on his best behaviour and purred throughout all of our turns in the enclosure. His leg even began twitching from the sheer enjoyment of having us scratch him behind his ear. Christo (curator) was on hand to document the occasion, and we all left with some awesome photos of an event we will never forget.
On Saturday Tabs and Karen took us on a scenic tour of the Panorama route. We visited the Echo Caves, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and Graskop. All of these places are breathtakingly beautiful and we got some wonderful photos. We also had the opportunity to visit the local flea markets, where bought some great gifts and souvenirs.
On our last day we went on a night game drive on Kapama Nature Reserve. The leopards had been spotted earlier in the day, so there was a good chance we’d get to see them. We arrived in the area to find a face peeking out of a shrub. It was our second sighting of a leopard in three weeks, and we all felt really lucky to have seen these notoriously elusive cats twice.
Greetings from Africa
Marina, Jo, Laura, Lizz & Niels