South Africa Safari

Preparing camp & dinner

At last! Our first day of the Bundu Bus safari consisted of much travelling, but we finally arrived at the Malalane entrance in the late afternoon; eagerly anticipating viewing some wildlife despite the late hour. We took a slow ride towards our rest-camp, on the lookout for any sign of life in the bush.

Impala taken from our rest-camp
Being the rainy season, the vegetation was particularly green and dense, and made the sightings considerably more difficult. We had a fair share of luck, as we were extremely excited to see what was soon to become rather dull; the impala - we must have seen literally thousands over the 4 days! I think most of us were happy to arrive at our rest-camp; having a chance to freshen up and relax. Our campsite was right alongside the fence, and a troop of impala were grazing right on the other side oblivious to the intrigued tourists!

Baboob baby taking a ride
After unpacking and preparing our tents (which were surprisingly comfortable, with mattresses and sleeping bags provided) Nico set about making supper; I was pleased to see that he was preparing a traditional South African dish, cooked over a slow fire in a 3-legged dutch-oven type pot; called potjie-kos. The nature of this type of safari required (rather implied) that everyone lend a hand; and soon we were just waiting for the chicken potjie-kos to cook. The typical highveldt weather had other ideas for us, however, and soon a major thunderstorm was off-loading buckets of water on us.

Luckily the tents were waterproof; everyone jumped in and made the most of the occasion to get some shut-eye. Everyone except Nico, who carried his potjie to the kitchen area to continue cooking the meal on a gas burner. We awoke from our nap refreshed and famished; the chicken potjie was ready and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and conversation. It was the perfect occasion to learn more about our fellow tourists.