|After breakfast the six of us staying at the Lodge met up with Ken and the other two couples that comprised our group. The day was overcast and a bit cool. The game reserve drive essentially consists of Ken driving us throughout the 4,400 acre reserve in search of wild animals native to the area. I have to admit, despite having traveled in recent years to the Holy Land, Italy, Greece and Turkey and the Philippines, this was interesting beyond words simply because you had no idea what you might encounter. The roads remind me of the logging roads we used to drive back from Foster Bar after a Rogue River float trip - rutted and uneven. In fact at one point, my rafting experience came in handy as our jeep literally began to tip over. We "high-sided" the vehicle, i.e., everyone shifted to the high side causing the jeep to right itself so we could keep moving.
Rather than trying to recount any sort of chronology, permit me to describe what we saw - up close and personal. We saw a dozen or more giraffes, a herd of Cape Buffalo, dozens of impala and nyala (the deer family residents of the reserve), hippopotamuses, several herds of zebra, velvet monkeys, and warthogs, but alas, no luck on the elusive herd of elephants. All in all, we had a great time. Ken worked hard trying to find wildlife and best of all the group hit it off well.
In that regard, as is often the case, along with the sights and sounds of a foreign land, the people you encounter can make or break the trip. This trip has already been a success.
I want to introduce you to Dave and Fredda Fisher and Jim and Linda Kizer of Littleton, Colorado. These couples, long-time friends, traveled to Zulu Nyala together. Like us, they are heading to Cape Town for four days then finishing their trip in the South African wine country.
Dave, 64, is an architect who owns his own firm. Dave now heads up an organization that donates medical equipment and supplies to those in need all over the world. Fredda works at Dave's firm a bit and helps manage staff personnel at the Presbyterian Church she and Dave have attended for several decades. Jim works for Sinclair Petroleum selling the company's oil and gas products to independent retailers and jobbers in Colorado and surrounding states. Linda has a consulting business that focuses on assisting dentists and oral surgeons in setting up their practices to be efficient and profitable. The Kizers and Fishers were heading for Cape Town and the Wine Country after leaving Zulu Nyala. We plan to meet up with them in Cape Town for dinner.
Tomorrow, Thursday, we have a full day trip to the Hluhluwe-Omfolozi National Park that covers 98,000 acres of the African bush.