Monday, December 14, 2009

South Africa, Day 5 (part 2)

The story so far:

After awaking in a quiet and dark room, it was marvelous to be able to relax, write, and read at my leisure. After a rushed week so far, it was refreshing and rejuvenating and prepared me for the next safari, which started around 4:30pm.

The evening safari was highlighted by a gorgeous sunset with storms forming on the horizon and lightning flashing in the distance. There is nothing more beautiful in the world than the sight of an African sunset seen from the bushveld. Words cannot do it justice, and the pictures only tell part of the story. As we neared the end of the safari, the rain started coming down and we had to don ponchos for the final sprint back to the lodge. The rain didn’t keep it up for very long, and did not affect any roads the next day, so it was just another adventure to add to the memory bank.

It was quite windy, so there is a lot of wind noise in the video. I apologize in advance and recommend you adjust the volume accordingly.

After the safari, the lodge had a special dinner with multiple courses and a wine tasting/pairing. Since all of us guests now knew each other from the safaris, we all sat together at one table, which was very entertaining – especially as the night wore on and the wine glasses were repeatedly refilled. Everyone got along swimmingly, it was fascinating hearing the different life experiences and views, and we laughed late into the evening.

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