Starting off the week at the beautiful beach of Kleinemonde, with its smashing swells, stunning sunsets, and rolling sand dunes, we knew were in for a good time. These sand dunes were to become the highlight of our night there. After a quick scouting the afternoon before it was decided that the oppurtunity to do some sand-boarding was just too good to miss. Who cares that we didn’t have a proper board, the improvised boggie-board and cooking tray would do just fine. So off we set just after the crack of dawn (well maybe not quite so early). A quick run up the steepest hill, ready oneself on the board, and just fly down, occasionally leaving the board behind. Going down forwards, backwards, standing, sitting, lying down, with two on a board, we tried it all, and failed a fair few times as well, as the videos of the wipe-outs more than prove.
Back at Ulovane events progressed in a more usual fashion, with our last sleep out of the course taking place mid-week. Making a return to the magnificent caves on Eliweni ridge, we were all glad to have found a site so special on a reserve that has come to feel like part of our own huge backyard. To top off the evening we managed to catch a long sighting of two reclusive brown hyaenas as they poked their heads out of their dens just before the evening hunt. These surprisingly large animals easily captivated us, in a way that the lions and the elephant also do. You’re not quite sure if you’re actually taking a look at this rare species, or if its not all a bit of a mirage as Africa pulls another trick out its bag.
All in all it was another wonderful week, with some other crazy things, such as two sprinting bushpigs one late afternoon, and the herd of elephants all casually mingling amongst themselves as we observed unnoticed, that I haven’t been able to get to in this update. Though I’m sure you’ll trust me when I say it was once again totally different from the 7 before it.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy! – Eileen Caddy