Jabulani = Happiness

(Apologies for the delay in the blog upload)

This morning is was breakfast as normal, then heading out to the buffalo holding pens. These are used for the buffalo who are brought to the sanctuary and are being acclimatised to the area, and to ensure they are healthy. Our task today was to clear at least 1m of grasses and plants from the perimeter of the enclosure to make sure if there is a fire the pens are safe. The sun came out and it was hot working out in the African sun wielding around our spades and using good ol fashion elbow grease. Within a few hours we were able to clear the entire perimeter and with the dirt and sweat to prove it we headed back to camp!

Working hard...

Working hard…

Or hardly working??

Or hardly working??

Straight from camp we headed out to an elephant interaction centre. Everyone had been waiting in anticipation for this moment, actually getting the opportunity to interact and touch these amazingly HUGE animals. The elephants here actually crave human interaction as they were brought up with people and have formed very strong bonds with their human handlers. Their names are Rambo (the male), Rachel (the female) and Jabulani, meaning happiness in the (the young one – only 4 years old). The photos really don’t portray truly how big these elephants are!

On arrival back to the camp it was time for lunch then straight back into working, chopping down and removing the noxious plants. It was tough hot work but the volunteers were on a mission! Now that we all had the technique down pat it was much easier and efficient. Only once we had finished did we then head back to camp for a must deserved rest and dinner.

This evening we took a night drive into the game park to see what was out there at night. What we saw was amazing and even exhilarating. Shining the torches into the bushes to search for those gleaming lights is a skill you quickly perfect. We saw two spotted jennet, a python, zebras, antelope, impala and best of all we saw a cheetah! A wild cheetah! It was patrolling its territory on the other side of the fence…we were so close and it just kept on patrolling as we followed alongside it. Absolutely breathtaking!
Tomorrow we are heading to the town of St Lucia to work at the crèche. No one wants to leave but we are all excited for the next adventure!
Until tomorrow
~ Jess

Hanging by the fire

Hanging by the fire

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