Thursday 9th January

This morning we headed out after breakfast to collect the motion sensor camera to see what wildlife we had managed to capture on our camera trap and there were some pretty cool photos!

Giraffe on the camera trap.

Giraffe on the camera trap.

Blue wildebeest at the dame - caught on our motion sensor camera

Blue wildebeest at the dame – caught on our motion sensor camera

After this we all got into our game viewers and headed to a near by Elephant Interaction programme. This is a wonderful experience with a great educational talk teaching all about the African Elephant. Everyone had a wonderful time and loved putting their arms in the elephant’s mouth! I mean, who wouldn’t want to be covered in elephant slobber! It’s not something that happens everyday.

Georgia and Katie checking out the inside of Rambo's mouth!

Georgia and Katie checking out the inside of Rambo’s mouth!

Bill and Mark thoroughly enjoying the experience!

Bill and Mark thoroughly enjoying the experience!

Afterwards we headed back to camp for a delicious, filling lunch ready for the afternoon’s activities of chopping chromolena and going on a game drive round the park to see if we could find our disease free buffalo again.

My group headed off in search of the buffalo first and we got lucky. We came across a herd of 36 – 41 buffalo. They are a mean looking bunch when they are all staring you out, but it was an amazing sight to see and great that we were close enough to record some data regarding the gender split and the number of young that are currently around.

Next we headed to the chromolena site to tackle some more of these terribly invasive alien plants and see if we could free a few indigenous trees from their smothering. The group did a fantastic job and we did indeed free a beautiful fever tree.

Bill, Georgia, Katie, Jessa and Kimberly tackling the chromolena!

Bill, Georgia, Katie, Jessa and Kimberly tackling the chromolena!

Jessa and Kimberly very pleased with their root removing skills!

Jessa and Kimberly very pleased with their root removing skills!

By the end of this activity everyone was extremely hot and sticky, but very satisfied with the work they had done, and ready for a refreshing shower and an early night.

Jessa, Georgia, Kimberly, Caitlin, Katie, Lexie and Bill

Jessa, Georgia, Kimberly, Caitlin, Katie, Lexie and Bill

We were off to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi gamer reserve the next morning, bright and early and by that I mean, we had to leave at 03.45! A shock to everyone’s system!

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