As darkness descended upon us last night we needed to split ourselves up into two groups as we will be alternating the activities during the day . The easiest and fairest way to do this was to split our camp up into two halves so the right half which consisted of 5 x 2 person tents and the left half also consisting of 5 x 2 person tents , making two teams of 10 .
So….. Group A :- Cori , Ariana , Kali , Nicole , Lara . Kassandra , Lydia , Claire , Brett and Sam
Team Leader Ben
Group B :- Connor , Shaylee , Haylee , Karla , Maddie , Sheila , Jesse , Shawn , Amanda , Nicole
Team Leader Tara
We will come up with our respective team names during the week as it will need to be a group decision
We started off the day nice and early being woken up by Berti ( one of our guides ) at about 5:40am and zombie moans were heard around the camp lol .. but it was our first day of activities and we all really excited to get stuck in and get started We headed down to the lodge for breakfast at around 6:30am for a light bite of cereal , fruit and yoghurt .
Group A headed out first on the game drive which even started out to be eventful as our vehicle had a flat battery so we pulled together as a team and push started it with our guide Oomps . It was a bit of chilly morning especially with the wind chill and not much game life was around but as soon as it started to warm up during the morning we were blessed with some really nice sightings of Zebra , Nyala , Impala , Blue Wildebeest , Warthog , Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill ( bird ) and a Brown Hooded Kingfisher not forgetting to mention the Adult Giraffe with her 4 youngsters !! What an amazing sight !!
Group B’s morning consisted of an initial walkabout along the bush. We went gallivanting off into the distance looking for the tiny wildlife you can’t see from a car. It was so interesting learning about the creepy crawlies, the tracks, the dung and listening to the sounds out in the park early this morning. We learned a lot about the area and even got to see some cool things up close. We also found a zebra scull! We had a little competition and welcome to South Africa, but I’ll let Ben explain it later! Sheila was our lovely winner! At the very end, we all found little holes in the ground that housed burrowing scorpions. Some of us were brave enough to hold one, and it was a wild feeling. It was kind of like a tickle/itch and he just ran over our hands with no problem. Man, is nature neat!!
At our second breakfast we were treated to eggs , bacon , sausage and beans .. 😮 heaven and just what we all needed !! After filling ourselves up we decided to play some team building games with Kevin ( our main guide looking after us for the week ) . For this we split up into our separate teams again and began the challenges . A lot of fun was had by all and all seemed to work great within our respective teams with lots of laughs also … as sometimes we had to get very up close and personal with each other haha .
We ended up doing 3 activities and there now seems to be some rivalry between us to see who competes the best lol in the end Tara’s team took the spoils 2-1
At about 3 o’clock after spending the early part of the afternoon playing games to build our relationships we split up into our respective teams again to head out for our afternoon activities which we have swopped from the morning , so it was the turn of Group A to head out on the bush walk with Kevin .
First port of call was to walk down into the bush from the lodge to have our induction into how to behave and act while on our walks and we were then tested by Kevin to gauge our observational skills which we all kind of failed at the first few times but it was only because he tricked us .. eventually we all caught on and had a good laugh about it . As we walked through the bush in single file and as quiet as possible so as to not disturb any wildlife that might be around we kept our eyes and ears open . The aim of the bush walks is to experience the smaller things around the park , insects , trees , plants and animal tracks etc , also trying to work out what has happened in certain areas if something has been disturbed or broken .
We were all full of questions with a thirst for knowledge as it is amazing being out here amidst the African bush .. We learnt about the uses of different tree and plant species , saw some game in the distance , heard Impala’s rutting and even found a Scorpion which was a little agitated so we couldn’t hold him unfortunately . As we were nearing the end of our wonderful hike KEVIN decided it was a good idea to show us a little game .. what was that game you ask … WHO COULD SPIT IMPALA POO THE FURTHEST !!
Needles to say at first we were all a little perturbed by this haha but what the hell , why not while were here . after the first few attempts some of us started to get the hang of it with Lydia taking the lead with only Team Leader Ben to go who smashed it by an extra 2 metres .. only to be disqualified for stepping on the line .. Well Done Lydia !! Poo Spit Champ of Group A !! :p
This afternoon Group B went on a safari drive. Along the way we were able to spot some native African animals we’ve been longing to see. We saw everything from giraffes, to zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, crested guinea fowl, kudu, impala and nyala. Most importantly though, we found a little inchworm friend we named Alfred! The games we played, the mispronunciations of zulu words, the jabs at the Canadians versus Americans and the day long jokes provoked so many laughs our cheeks are hurting. Tonight we’re having a bad joke competition, so I can’t imagine that will be any fun.
As the sun set it was time to head back to the lodge ready for dinner at 7 and then to start the nightly activities!
Scooby and Shaggy- Ben and Tara