What a fun time we all had today! We started off our second day in the beautiful game reserve by taking a morning drive out to begin some of our work cleaning up 2 invasive species of plants that are poisonous to the Water Buffalo and other animals that live on the reserve. But before we could get to the work site, we came across several interesting African animals. What a sight!
Once we got to the first work site, everyone got out their machetes and shovels and went to work! After an hour’s worth of sweat, juice and dancing, we had cleared our first area of lantana!
Next, we moved on to the biggest challenge of the morning: clearing a Fever Tree that had fallen in the middle of the road. Everyone got to swing a machete, chop on the tree, collect some firewood, and put all their strong muscles to work to clear this massive tree out of the way. Way to go group!
Marcia was brave enough to try a local Zulu delicacy: live Termites! Of course, she said they tasted like chicken. [/caption]
After we showed the Fever Tree who was boss, we took a short break for lunch before heading off to one of the most unique experiences while in the game park… The Cheetah Sanctuary!
In this sanctuary, several types of African cats are kept safe, rehabilitated, and even bred and released to help with repopulating several endangered species of cats. After feeding the African Wild Cats, Cheetahs, and Caracals (a.k.a. VAMPIRE CATS?!?) we jumped into the enclosure with the cheetahs to take a few quick and cheeky pics with the fastest mammal on Earth! We all looked so good. Many selfies were made.