I honestly don’t know if this day could’ve been any more exciting. Get ready for some epic adventures for the day!
First, we began our day alongside the sun, brushing our teeth to a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains. We had to know that it meant it was going to be quite the day. After that, we ate a small breakfast and split into groups. Splitting into groups helps us split up the numbers that way both groups do one particular activity in the morning and then they swap in the afternoon.
Group A includes: Tori, Grace, Taylor, Tarin, Madison, Gabby, Arin, Colleen, Stacey and Kate.
Group B includes: Abby, Jourdan, Morgan, Sasha, Karan, Kayla, Kelly, Mia and Ricky.
This morning, Group A came out on a walk with our guide Rudy and myself where we took a leisurely walk through the bush to look at the wildlife. What is great about walking as opposed to driving around the park is that you get to see all the little things you wouldn’t normally see from a car. You can check out the different animal dung, the footprints, the types of trees, birds, small insects and animals and really get immersed into the nature. We strolled along learning about the events of the pervious night and listening to the sounds of the vocal wildlife around us. It was very serene and peaceful.
Group B went out on one of the game drive vehicles with another one of our amazing guides, Oomps. He’s been with us for a couple weeks now, and he is one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet! We love him! The game drive allowed them to see all the big and hairy creatures they all came to see! They got right up next to some zebras, impala, nyala and even found some hyena tracks. They followed the tracks all the way until they found a fresh kill the hyenas had made and got a scents of what a fresh kill really looks and smells like. Did you see what I did there? It was a very great morning for both groups!
We had a proper full and hot meal upon our return, and I’m pretty sure we scarfed it down quicker than those hyenas ate their meal this morning. 😉 Who could ask for better though? Two breakfasts? Heck yeah!! Our break before lunch consisted of some intense and fun team building activities. These help us get to know each other better, start building trust and help in our communication and bonding as a group.
We started them off with a very large trust fall where we lined up in two lines facing each other and linked arms while one person stood on top of a table and fell back into the group’s linked arms. It was very nerve wracking for most of us because we really had to trust that they would catch us. One by one we all nervously got up there, stated a few characteristics about ourselves and then did our trust fall. I was so incredibly proud of everyone for participating because we could tell how hard it may have been for some. I think some even conquered their fears today with that!!
The next activity was to successfully transport each person through a gap in the trees. However, the person being lifted couldn’t touch the trees or support themselves with anything other than their fellow friends’ body parts. This required some collaboration, planning, strategy and sheer luck. Again, each person was lifted over the trees with a trial and error strategy. They managed to complete it in less than 20 minutes, which is a huge success!
After that, we took a break and chose to play a sit down game this time. This one, however, may have been equally as frustrating though because it challenged them to think about what the trick of the game was. It turned out to be extremely entertaining, and we played all the way up to lunch.
After our bellies were full and we were ready to go again, we went out for another activity. This time, we walked near the lodge looking for little oval shaped holes. We stuck blades of grass into them, and called it scorpion fishing! Yes, you heard me right. We went scorpion fishing today. The scorpions hold on to the blade of grass thinking it might be their next meal, but instead we try and pull them out to hold them. Some were successful in getting them out of the hole, and most of us got a chance to hold little baby ones and a larger one! Guaranteed, that is going on their resumes now.
We split up again after that and Group B went on the walk this time while Group A got to go on the drive. On the walk, we walked along some of the same areas and came upon some black rhino dung that was just outside our campsite. Whoaaaa. That was crazy to think a rhino was walking around nearby last night while we were asleep!! Then, we sat on the water bank hoping to see some animals come down for a drink. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see any, but it was nice sitting there and listening to everything around us for a while.
The other group had one of the most exciting game drives this afternoon! They came back raving about what they saw. You’ll never believe it! They came upon groups of giraffes walking along, a herd of zebras with a little baby and black rhinos!! It was a mama rhino with her young calf. It is unbelievable that they even got a glance at them because they usually try and avoid being that much out in the open. I definitely think that drive is going to be a highlight of the entire trip, and it’s only day two!! Woweeee! They are on cloud nine right now, and it bet it’s only going to get better from here.
Tonight, Group A will jump back into the vehicle and go out on a night drive. I hope we see some good things tonight!
That was a large update, but I hope you enjoyed it all! More to come tomorrow as always!!