Day 15, Year 6 Off to Hluhluwe-iMfolozo
Date: Monday, November 8, 2010
Weather: Sunny, Winds NE 15-20
Location: Tuzi Gazi Marina, Richards Bay, South Africa

Anticipation . . . Tomorrow morning we take off on our first ‘safari’ type adventure. The weather is not cooperating as heavy rains are forecast for tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday, so we have made some last minute changes to our travel plans. We were going to spend tomorrow visiting historical sites between here and the Hluhluwe (remember to pronounce the ‘h’ as ‘sh’)-iMfolozi Game Park, but since we can visit those sites anytime we have decided to head straight to the park, spend the hours before the rains come in the afternoon driving from the north of the park to the south, and then exit the park to spend the night in the bush camp where we have reservations. The bush camp is a historical site with a wonderful museum, so if the rains come down in the afternoon, we will just drive out of the park early and spend time in the museum. It looks like Wednesday will be a rainy day in the park, but everyone tells us the animals love the rain and that the roads are all passable, so we will just have a rainy safari day. We stay in the park on Wednesday night and Thursday night, and we should have sunny weather on Thursday and Friday morning for our last park explorations. When visiting a big game park, you stay in your car and drive around looking for the animals. There are specified places where there are blinds set up. At these places, you get out of the car and sit in the blind waiting for the animals to show up. We will be spending lots of time in our little rental car but it should be worth it.

I do not think that I will be able to send another log until Friday evening when we return. I am taking my computer and will write the logs, but there is no internet where we are staying. We know one of the park camps does have internet, and if we happen to be in that area and can send a log that would be great. Otherwise, don’t worry if you don’t hear from us. It won’t be because a lion got us, it’s just that we will be in wild country with no internet.