Ending this trip on a safari, may be the best way of preparing for the harsh reality of everyday life (5 more days til we return). Two weeks of non-stop pampering is enough to spoil any person. I'm currently on my first day at Kapama River Lodge, and they are definitely not about the pampers. Its rough and rugged... with a little bit of luxury.
To put this into perspective, picture if you will, grade school camping trips. These trips took you into the woods, where you stayed in wooden lodges, ate in communal dining halls, and slept on bunk beds. Now, add a world class chef, premium bar, swimming pool, spa, and a personal spa-like bathroom... (I swear, I'm not being pampered).
Getting to Kruger was a quick flight from Joburg to Hoedspruit. Flying over Kruger, you get a sense of the vast size of this place. Completely undeveloped, but signs of life everywhere. Tracy and I have gone out on one safari so far, and already we've encountered:
-A cheetah with its kill.
-A rhino sharing a meal with its daughter.
-A herd of Buffalo's
-And a family of elephants!
If you recall, in a previous blog entry, talked about an elephant's power and gentleness (at The Palace, lost city)? Well, forget the gentleness, I had a true taste of its power as it chased us away, while its family foraged for food. If you have never been chased by an angry elephant, then you haven't lived (I'm sweating, and my heart is still pumping hard)!!
At this point, it's time for dinner and bed. As usual, dinner was magnificent! I've put on, at least, an extra 100lbs over the last few weeks. We have a 5am wake up call, and 10am bush walk (I've been advised to be prepared to climb a tree if needed).
Hopefully, I'll live to tell the tale...
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