Saturday and Sunday – Welcome to St Lucia!

Saturday morning started with us heading out to collect the motion sensor camera. Unfortunately for Jessa, Mark and Bill they were on my truck and in my attempt to avoid the spiky acacia trees so that they wouldn’t get spiked, I managed to get our truck stuck in a mud hole that is normally enjoyed by a herd of buffalo! We were very stuck and the four of us had to some how get us out!!!

After collecting sticks and choping some of the nearby trees we managed it, but we were all covered in mud and smelling a lot like a herd of buffalo ourselves! Welcome to Africa! Funnily enough though, they all seemed to enjoy the experience and it is definitely not one they will forget in a hurry!

What team work!

What team work!

Have a look at the perfect muddy hand prints - shows the effort put in!

Have a look at the perfect muddy hand prints – shows the effort put in!

After returning to the camp we obviously all needed to shower again before we could leave and head to St Lucia! Then we loaded our bags and stopped at Zamimpilo market so that the volunteers could shop for some curios. It is a 24 hour market that is run by the women from the local villages nearby. Everyone seemend to by something and some of them even tried the fresh locally grown pineapples, which are delicious.

Once we arrived in St Lucia, we settled into our accommodation and then the group had a bit of free time to explore the small coastal town off St Lucia, before we headed out to one of the restaurants for a tasty meal.

On Sunday the volunteers had the opportunity to go on a horse back safari in the game reserve. They all thoroughly enjoyed it, although some were not so keen on the trotting option! A little bumpy, I believe.

In the afternoon we went on the St Lucia Estuary boat cruise to see if we could find some hippos and crocodiles. St Lucia is well known for the hippos we have walking through town at night so we wanted to try and see some of them during the day in the water. There are about 900 living in the estuary and Lake St Lucia so we had a pretty good chance. The weather was stunning, sunny and warm but with a slight breeze to keep us cool.

Danni, Peixi, Jemma and Dan relaxing on the boat.

Danni, Peixi, Jemma and Dan relaxing on the boat.

Jess, Grace, Katie, Georgia, Lexie and Caitlin soaking up the atmosphere

Jess, Grace, Katie, Georgia, Lexie Caitlin and Jessa soaking up the atmosphere

Everyone was very excited when we saw the hippos and many of the group were surprised how close we actually got to them…

Bill and Jessa with a large pod of hippos in the background.

Bill and Jessa with a large pod of hippos in the background.

The hippos heading off to town for the evening.

The hippos heading off to town for the evening.

We also saw a few crocodiles, a couple of African Fish Eagles and a Giant Kingfisher.

It was a wondertful trip and a beautiful sunset to finish of a rather busy day. Monday was fast approaching which meant the work was starting again with breakfast at 7am and a day at the creche site getting stuck into some serious manual labour!

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