CRECHE BLOG – Dig, Hippo, Zulu

Day 2 at the Creche has proved to be a big one!

Ridley emptying out the wheelbarrow

Ridley emptying out the wheelbarrow

Splitting up the group again we left Charlie, Hannah, Megan and Kayla this time at the first Creche to make the bricks needed for the soup kitchen. While they were working hard the rest of us were working hard on two projects. Half the group was mixing cement and helping to build the soup kitchen walls. While the others began work on digging out a foundation for a large water catchment behind the Creche.

I'm not sure if I'm more scared for McKenzie or the Pick-axe

I’m not sure if I’m more scared for McKenzie or the Pick-axe

Monica and Hannah mixing cement

Monica and Hannah mixing cement

It was hard work in the sun, but with many of the local kids around even on a Sunday there was always a smiling face to boost the energy levels.

McKenzie entertaining in the sandpit

McKenzie entertaining in the sandpit

Digging group after hours of tough work

Digging group after hours of tough work

After a long days work we were straight into our next activity the Hippo and Croc cruise down the river!

Though a few of us had spied a hippo last night this would be a chance to see them in their natural habitat and in far larger numbers. As we made our way down the river we learnt about the surrounding environment, the trees and behaviour habits of the Crocs and Rhinos.

Just a little Crocodile

Just a little Crocodile

Over 20 sleeping Hippos

Over 20 sleeping Hippos

After only 10mins we couldn’t believe our luck when we came across over 20 Hippos out of the water. This only happens during Winter as they like to get out and lie in the sun, it was an amazing sight to see how huge they are and the way they position themselves to protect the younger Hippos.

Jess, McKenzie and a couple of Hippos!

Jess, McKenzie and a couple of Hippos!

Hannah and Lacy with the Hippos

Hannah and Lacy with the Hippos

Crocs on the shore

Crocs on the shore

As we continued down the river we came across even more hippos grouped together. Over the entire cruise we saw well over 50 Hippos, they are such fascinating animals that seem to defy belief. While they may look overweight and cute they are one of Africa’s most dangerous animals and can run faster than Usain Bolt on land!

Heading back to our accommodation for dinner we then had a Zulu language lesson so as to better understand the culture and talk to the local people and Creche kids.

Zulu Lesson

Zulu Lesson

Learning Zulu pronounciations

Learning Zulu pronunciations

We all got given our very own Zulu names which was a lot of fun but challenging to learn the pronunciations.

After we learnt the basic greetings and conversation starters we were then treated to an evening of Zulu dance and singing.

Zulu Dancing

Zulu Dancing

Zulu Dancers

Zulu Dancers

The way the Zulu dancers can move is incredible and they seem to have limitless energy and charisma as they sing and throw their bodies around to the drum beats.

After watching the moves they all decided it was time for us to get up and join them as well as throw in our own dance moves. It made for some very ‘interesting’ moves but a lot of fun.

Learning the Zulu moves

Learning the Zulu moves

Paige getting her Zulu stomp on

Paige getting her Zulu stomp on

Group Photo with the Zulu dancers

Group Photo with the Zulu dancers

A brilliant day all round!

 

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