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The Many Sounds of the African Bush – Africa Community Service

Dear family and friends of Community Service Africa,

First up upon arrival in Johannesburg (after we stretched our legs and had a delicious lunch) was a trip to soccer city and the apartheid museum. Seeing a world cup stadium site was amazing! We were able to see the players’ change rooms and the VIP suite, we got to sit in the stands and we were even lucky enough to step out onto the pitch where the championship game was played – shhhhhhh….don’t tell the manager.

Next we were off to the Apartheid Museum where we all had the opportunity to learn about Nelson Mandela’s journey and role in ending apartheid. The museum offered us a look into important historical events in South Africa which gave us insight into the culture as we begin our travels.

The next morning, we were off to the  Kruger area! After a fun filled game of pictionary telephone, Sam and Danielle told us some perplexing riddles.  Melissa and Kate kept an eye out for African wildlife but it wasn’t until we arrived at our Lodge that we spotted animals and were even greeted by warthogs and impala!  That night, along with Babysitter (the momma warthog at the lodge) we enjoyed a campfire and played games in the thatched-roof dining area. We kept our eyes out for the leopard that supposedly likes to visit our Lodge and fell asleep listening to cheetahs howling as well as the many other sounds of the African bush.

Yesterday, we had a day of high ropes and white water rafting. New heroes emerged in the group after the high ropes activity–Meaghan and Sam, who dared to go first; Alex, who navigated the suspended cable with impressive speed; and Jess, who overcame her fear of heights and made it to the very end.

After a delicious lasagna lunch, we grabbed the river rafts and headed out onto to the Sabie River with our guides Oscar and 54.  The afternoon was beautiful and we enjoyed the water and the sun as we conquered rapids.  Kate, Jenny, Jess and Gabe were the first to head down the river, Ally and Remi were mysteriously always traveling backwards and sideways (anyway but straight). Splash wars ensued, iguanas were seen–all in all a great day!

Until the next update, Afri-later!

The Westcoast Blogger