Today was meant to be our first day off in two weeks’ time, which meant a full day to do whatever we like. The majority decided to head in to Hoedspruit for a change of scenery, to stock up on things and to just get away for a while. All were ready to go and pack the cars to take off. Unfortunately as we picked up our wallets and cash we realized that there’d been a break in and thousands of rand had been taken out of our wallets.
Stuck with the cops
The money was gone and so was the day off, as we had to wait for the cops to come and do their magic…
Therefore the day turned from a pleasant day off, to an ordeal filled with police investigations while we attuned ourselves into lectures instead of sipping on cold lagers from the tap in a sun-drenched Hoedspruit.
It wasn’t all happy faces in the lecture room, but these things happen and we just got on with the day and normal procedures.
Driving in the bush
A few days ago we started to change the drives a bit, where we the students took place as drivers, to practice handling the big and powerful monsters – the safari jeeps.
It’s quite a difference driving one of them bad boys, compared to a regular car. Comparing the drive here with a Sunday drive through Stockholm? Yeah it is very different!
Don’t drive too fast as you’ll might miss the game. Think about the passengers…Is it the proper speed for them? Make it as smooth as possible – lowest gear going down those bumpy hills. Keep an eye out for animals, birds and trees and once you’ve spotted them, make sure to stop in the right position for the perfect camera shot. And of course safety…What if there’s an elephant lurking about just around the next turn?
A bit different than the Stockholm traffic
It was my turn to take the driver seat, grabbing hold of the heavy steering wheel, and take it for a spin in the bush. With the hot afternoon late summer soon slowly moving closer to the horizon I pulled out of camp to guide the rest towards a good game drive.
It took a while to get used to the car, the gearbox and power, but I’m quite satisfied, spotting a whole herd of impalas that allowed us to enjoy their grazing at close range, four giraffes that also were pretty relaxed about our presence and some kudus.
No major errors to report in terms of the driving and it proved to be a better end of the day than the way it all started as we spotted two well fed female lions resting in the evening breeze by the river.
It cost us a bit but…it was a good day after all!
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