Friday, 20 February 2015

Mkhuze {part 1}

We spent the night in Mkuze game reserve, and the next morning set off for a hide. Mum and dad were already there and V, Malcolm and I left a little bit later and got there after them. The parking lot was full, and we'd never been to this hide before. We headed down a path towards the hide. I remarked at how surprised I was that the path was so bushy, but we followed the footprints. It was a windy morning, and suddenly the footprints faded out, and the sand was smooth. Except for some rather large cat paw prints over the freshly wind-swept sand. We decided then that we were probably on the wrong path, and quickly turned around and headed back to the parking lot! Now that we were properly awake, we noticed another path, this one in the right direction to the hide! 


Unfortunately, there wasn't much happening at the water hole, and with so many people there it wasn't so great anyway. So we piled back into the cars and went for a drive instead, where we then saw a bit more!



Later that morning, Malcolm's parents arrived. After settling in a tiny bit, we were off again for a drive. This time we spotted a Rhino which was really great!






Of course, what's a trip to the game reserve without car trouble? We were in a bit of a rush to get back to the camp, and were driving on rather rocky roads... the result: One popped tire. Fortunately, Malcolm's dad had brought radios with, so we had better communication between cars and I could ask mum and dad to stop! Malcolm and his Dad changed the tire at lightning speed, and then we were off again.



We got back to camp on time, and then headed back out to go for a guided walk.


Our guide, Patrick, made sure we understood that we were heading into the wild, and then we set off into the bush. It was seriously hot, and every now and again Patrick would stop in a patch of shade and show us certain leaves or bark and explain their traditional uses.


Fairly early on we crossed the Mkuze river over a long suspension bridge. Fortunately it's been recently renovated so it was a lot more stable than the previous one! 





We walked down to the dried river bed (a little squelchy...) to see some eagles.



An exhausted and sweaty family photo.




At the furthest point of the walk we went up onto a boardwalk and had a beautiful view into the trees.




Then it was time to head back to the game vehicle and drive back to camp.






And, to end a really long, exciting, hot day, it ending it with a braai and family-time was just perfect.


*** All watermarked photos are taken by my dad.*** 
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7 comments:

  1. How amazing! The pictures are wonderful!

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  2. What an amazing adventure!!! I long to do this someday!

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  3. WOW! You got some seriously amazing shots of animals in the wild.

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  4. what a fun adventure, and such gorgeous photographs - gah, i wish i could leave this minneapolis winter and come join <3

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  5. My dad took the pictures, so I'm pretty much equally in awe of them :)

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  6. It was! I wana go baaaaack!

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