CVQO Westminster Award 2018 South Africa trip blog - Day 10 William Bond - Sherbourne School CCF

An early start today at 4:30, crisp and colder than most expected with many regretting their choice of just two layers. After preparing some basic snacks and hot drinks for the day, we set off in two trucks with open tops down the road to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

This journey was almost colder than the ‘mud island’ (Tommy’s nickname for the UK) but we soon warmed up and the real fun began.

Despite the early start it was a relatively relaxing day with our aim being to see lots of animals, especially the famous big five. We stopped for breakfast and then, after our eyes became accustomed to the morning sunlight we started to spot a host of truly amazing animals. First came the wildebeest then the impala and the nylala, buffalo and finally some elephant before stopping for a braai (bbq).

After lunch we had even more success spotting animals – we saw plenty of white rhinos which are truly amazing to see, weighing a hefty two tonnes, but even more fascinating was seeing three wild dogs and a glimpse of a lioness, both of which are a rare sight to see.

We finished the day with another delicious braai and an indaba to discuss what we had experienced. An amazing day overall which everyone loved and we are all looking forward to tomorrow.

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