Thursday, May 29, 2014

A weekend in Hluhluwe / my last bush post for a while?

A while back, we went with a group of friends to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal for a long weekend. You may be thinking, "No, not more safari pictures." Sorry, yes, these are more safari pictures BUT: a) this was not a normal safari experience and b) we're moving in less than three weeks. Miami won't provide us with any African safaris, so I have to take advantage of this while I can.

We camped (like, proper tents with poles and zips) in the game reserve, in a little sectioned that was quarantined with some light fencing. That was it. Just beyond the fence could have been a lion, an elephant, or a zebra (which we did see right outside our camp) at any point. And the camp was next to a river that was home to a number of hippos which we did see. It was so very cool to be that "in nature"...and a little scary.

This was our view at the camp site. 

Our tents.

Our kitchen and "dining room".

The bathroom.

Our shower. And here's how it worked...

This thing is called a donkey. The red barrel is filled with water and a fire is started underneath the barrel to heat the water. Turn the tap and fill a bucket with the heated water.

Then take the bucket with heated water, lower the bucket in the above picture, and fill said bucket with heated water. Raise the above bucket back up to the top of the "shower" and turn the tap. Enjoy!

Despite the less than usual living conditions, we had such a fun weekend hanging out, seeing the wildlife, listening to stories from the park's lead conservationist (including the one where they found leopard tracks in their garden), and relaxing in the bush. Here a few more of some of my favourite photos, if you'd like to see.

I'm sure going to miss South Africa.


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