Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Last weekend we all went to the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Gumpi and me, you and your Mom and Dad, Greg and Sharon and Sharon's parents Rita and Dennis. Its the first time we have all been away together and it was great fun!
The Umfolozi Game reserve is the oldest game park Africa and it used to be the favourite hunting ground of the Zulu kings, especially Shaka. The Hluhluwe/Umfolozi park was established in 1895, mainly to protect the rhinoceros which had become endangered.
280km is a long way for a little one like you to sit still in a car so Mom and Dad left very early, straight after you woke up. They attached the portable dvd player to the back of the driver's seat and you were able to watch Barney - your favourite dvd - on the road.
We stopped at Hilltop for a toilet break and had a little picnic in the car park, you sitting on a beach mat to have your juice and a muffin. Although it was cool when we left Durban in the morning, it was getting really hot in the reserve - ending up at 31.5oC in the afternoon.
Soon after leaving Hilltop, you started to get really tired so Mom and Dad went on ahead to reach Mpila Camp at Umfolozi and get you down for your nap. We carried on more slowly, stopping every now and then when we spotted game.
We stayed in the new thatched, A frame huts in the camp. You and your Mom and Dad in No.1, we were in No.4 and Greg and Sharon in number 6. Rita and Dennis in No.9. After lunch, the others went off game spotting again and you, Mom and I explored the camp, the curio shop and playground. As we were walking back to our huts, about a dozen Zebra came walking through the camp, right past our hut.