4am should not exist…unless you’re going track to Rhinos. It was dark and cold and our blankets joined us in the safari vehicle! It was around a 2 hour drive to the Rhino game park and once we arrived it was time for an early breakfast. The surrounding area was full of beautifully misty mountain ranges and stunning lakes.
We were excited to start and we met our guide Cinclair who would take us around the park and help us track Rhinos both in the car and on foot, using radio telemetry. The safari car took us off-road and we were all hanging out the sides trying to catch a glimpse of a Rhino. Before long however, some wild giraffes blocked our way and we were forced to wait and watch…how terrible! Haha! Using the telemetry equipment and following the increasing beebs as we got closer, we headed out on foot across the plains and into the tall grass and shrubs. Silence was key we could all hear our own breath and stomping shoes. Cinclair would go ahead and signal us forward and signal us to get down. There, sitting or lying in the grass, we caught our first ever glimpse of a wild Rhino. It was actually 3! A male, female and baby. It is indescribable to say the least, and to even try and express the sheer joy and adrenaline we all felt is difficult. And the photos absolutely don’t do it justice.
We explored some more of the park and tracked two more rhinos! We also saw zebras, wild dogs, warthogs, tortoises, moneys, impalas, inyalas and kudus…it was amazing! And it was only 10am! But we were starving and it was back to the lodge. The lodge itself was beautiful and just to let you know at home we all want to move in! A lunch with a view was perfect.
After lunch it was back out on the trail for Rhinos and this time, after quite a lengthy drive we found two more and we got the closest we have got all day…another adrenaline rush and we all couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces on the way home. It was definitely a place we didn’t want to leave, but the memories and photos will be with us forever 🙂
The ride home was definitely more subdued and many a nap was had. But I shall give credit where credit is due, after a 4am on time wake up, I was impressed with every single volunteer today and already we can’t wait for tomorrow! Onwards to new adventures.