Welcome to all friends and family following our amazing team over the next two weeks!
My name is Dan and I am lucky enough to be our group leader here in South Africa, I will be posting a blog every day filled with photo of all the amazing work we are doing here at the Creche, Gamepark and everything else exciting we get up to.
Yesterday everyone arrived into King Shaka airport in Durban and headed into the city to meet each other. All were in various states of tiredness and jetlag but extremely excited to meet each other and finally be here in Africa.
We had a traditional Braii (South African BBQ) and got to try the delicious local cuisine. After dinner everyone was definitely ready for bed to catch up on sleep.
This morning after breakfast we left for St Lucia and picked up Victor from the airport on the way who’s flight had been delayed. Over the course of the journey up to St Lucia we all got to know each other as we played ‘Two truths and a Lie” and chatted about all the differences between our home countries of USA, Canada, England, China, Romania and NZ. It’s so awesome to have a group made up of people from all around the world looking to make a difference.
After lunch we went for a walk around St Lucia and its beautiful scenery.
Walking along the fantastic boardwalk at the end of the St Lucia estuary we spotted our first Hippos of the trip, 5 of them spread out stretching in the sun and sitting in the water.
From the end of the Estuary we arrived at the gorgeous St Lucia beach.
After spending plenty of time taking photos and playing around we began our walk back into town as the sun began to set.
It was a beautiful day for a walk and showed off some of the stunning scenery surrounding us here in a base of St Lucia.
We then had a traditional dinner of Boerewors and Pap (South African sausage and a Maize based dish) and sat round playing cards for the evening. Just as we thought the day couldn’t get any better we then had this amazing surprise…..
A Hippo had come into our frontyard and was only a few metres away from us. No one could believe their eyes as we got to watch this giant animal sit there and eat the grass. It certainly lets you know that you are now in Africa!
I couldn’t have scripted a better end to our fantastic first day.
Everyone is now in bed getting a good night sleep before our first day working at the Creche tomorrow morning.
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