I have been meaning to type this out much sooner than this… however, I have really struggled getting back into a normal routine of work and life. I have felt exhausted and just overall not feeling well. But here this is.
Monday morning came bright and early. We left Amakoekoe at 4am. There we drove. And drove. And drove. It was quite a drive from Joburg to Kruger, but the scenery was beautiful and we did make pit stops. Anyone who knows me, knows I have a hard time with long drives! Anyway, we got to Kruger too early to check into our little houses, so we went for a little drive around the park. Our first safari! We were told to not expect a lot, due to the time of day, however, we drove around anyway. When we first got to the park, we stopped on the crocodile bridge for our first glimpse of wildlife. We saw crocodiles in the river and even got to see one jumping out of the water, trying to get food. Onward into the park, we began driving around. We actually got to see some wildlife! We saw giraffes, rhinos, and elephants!! I won’t lie, I got a little teary eyed when I saw my first elephant. It was incredible. After we were able to check into our houses, which were adorable!
As soon as we got into our house, Rose saw something scurry up the wall and was freaked out! I looked around and didn’t see anything. I thought she was crazy. I was laying down on my bed while she was cautiously looking around the room. I kept telling her she was seeing things, until I looked up to the ceiling and saw a furry head. It looked like a squirrel. He was very cute. Rose was not amused. We walked to lunch and then went to our first meeting, which was a meet and greet. Rose and I went to bed early and slept hard. We had to wake up early for safari.
Tuesday morning we woke up early to be ready to leave for safari at 6am. It was an elephant day! We got to see a young elephant pulling up a root in order to try and get some food. The land was so dry. It was very sad to see.
We also saw a lot of giraffes that day. It was amazing. We were crowding the windows trying to get the perfect picture. Each day, someone new got to sit in front. Everyone was happy to move around so that everyone could see. It was nice. After a long safari and having to change the start time of our conference, we finally got there. Our speakers were amazing and really lit a fire in my heart to learn as much as I can about sandplay.
On Thursday’s safari, we were able to see the big 5 [elephant, cape buffalo, lion, rhino, and leopard] in ONE DAY. Some people go on safari and don’t see the big five at all. We were so blessed to be able to see them all in one day.
Friday morning, when the alarm went off, I seriously considered not going on safari. I was tired. I wanted sleep. But I dragged my butt out of bed and into the shower. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t skip safari! That was the day that we saw hyena’s, wild dogs, and THOUSANDS of cape buffalo. They were crossing the street in front of us and did not stop coming. Eventually, we had to inch our way through the buffalo in order to continue on our safari. That was also the day that I got to see a baby elephant nursing on his momma! Omg!! Cesar switched spots with me in the van so I was able to take pictures and videos.
The safari’s were incredible. I could have watched the elephants for hours and hours. I didn’t ever want to stop. The conference was amazing too. The people I met will forever be a part of my life and I am so grateful.
I can’t wait to go back. I can’t wait to take the classes in California. I can’t wait to keep learning. This experience that scared me to death, turned out to be so incredible.