Amazing nights sleep, the best I have had since I left England! Here in SA the temperature, although still humid is thankfully dramatically less than MOZ.
Today we had use if the Landrover and were off to drive into St Lucia national park for a Safari. After stopping at a supermarket and arming ourself with water, bread, ham and other basics we set off.
There were hardly no other cars at the entrance to the reserve which was promising. We were heading up to Cape Vidal which was at the North if the park, this was a nice tarmac road. However, there were tracks leading off deeper into the thick reserve, this was the fun bit. This was the real safari I wanted. We were desperately looking for leopard, although when driving through the thick forest areas you could quite easily see how they are elite stealth experts.
We made it to Cape Vidal for a late lunch. armed with our supplies we headed for the beach, and after a swim in the sea (23/4 deg) which was so nice after being in 30 deg water up North. Meant you could actually cool down.
Cape Vidal was a beautiful place which was slightly spoilt by the numbers at the beach although nothing like europe beach numbers. (Except Scottish beaches maybe..)
Was nice to be able to relax without worrying about bus times or how we were going to get back thanks to that lively Landrover. It was now my turn to drive!! Watch out!
We headed right out into the reserve, exactly the reason I came here instead of Kruger. At one point we had a troop of baboons crossing in front of us, some of which were huge, warthog joining them then water buffalo, zebra, wilder-beast impala, kudu within 100m! This was one of those amazing moments that you won't ever forget, made extra special by driving a Landy!
So in total we saw, hippo, wilder-beast, kudu, water buffalo, warthog, baboons, 'blue balled' monkeys (local term), bush buck, impala, monitor lizard, zebra, eagles, hawks, huge cranes and even a dung-beetle rolling his pride an joy! We didn't see rhino which are seen here, but maybe tomorrow.. I was pleased as punch, because to me safari is not what you see, it's how you see it, and I saw it perfectly.
That evening we headed to town and ate some amazing seafood, whilst trying to remember I'm traveling for a year, "just tap water please".