Sitting here in front of the screen again after a few days away from all sorts of communication. Trying to cool down with a Black Label, fresh out of the shower, with the sun setting behind me, trying to see what I’m writing on here.
Two nights camping in the bush
Came back this afternoon, having spent two nights out in the bush – camping, eating, sleeping and all the rest that comes with it under the open African starlit sky.
It’s been a real treat, though I must admit that the basic luxury of a shower and a toilet was quite a comfort to come back to.
Yes, the fact that you don’t “have” to take a shower every single day is not that bad, but after two full nights out in the bush, with walks around 10 km in blistering sun…You really do look forward to that shower!
How to set up camp
The basics and fundamental points of doing camping safaris was where we started before setting out on the walk towards our camping site.
- Make sure to have enough water.
- How and where do we store the food to keep it fresh?
- Where’s the wind?
A failure to any of these areas and the whole situation can turn bad.
Stinking hot walk
We packed the cars that took all the supply to the site and then we set off under the hot midday sun that seem to refuse to allow winter to get a chance here.
It was a stinking hot walk, but a damn good one, with a distance around 10 km. The sweat was really dripping when we arrived to camp about 2,5 hours later. I really wanted an ice-cold beer and a shower just there and then…But it was time to have a late lunch and then set off for an afternoon game drive with dinner to follow which needed to attend to. Biltong potjiekos was on the menu and it was pure bliss.
Living under the stars
Just sitting there under the stars, in front of the camp fire, with a good meal…I’ve experienced much worse!
We took turns during the night to take patrol and make sure that no dangerous visitors came close to camp and the sleeping students. Two people, one girl, one guy, for one hour each, from nine till five in the morning. This was the procedure for the full two nights, filled with activities and adventure.
It takes time to adjust to sleeping on the ground, to handle the endless snoring from people, but it doesn’t take long to drift away into the starlit sky, this endless haven of eternal light and life, with the sounds of the African night in the background.
It really is an amazing experience that I wouldn’t want to be without. Besides perhaps the snoring from fellow campers…
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