Game drive thriller, the return of Priscilla ...
Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
27Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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It was another early start for our final game drive of our trip. We peered out of the tent at 5.20am and the truck lights were on – people were milling about the camp, head torch lights shining in all directions and fires already lit. It had been so cold in the night we both kept waking up and snuggling closer and closer trying to generate a bit of body heat. I didn't think that Africa could be as cold as this. Andrew told me that he had woken a few times and seen animal shadows outside – I hoped that they were just Zebra – I could cope with zebra – but buffalo and elephant were a whole other story. We unzipped the tent and found that there was a new ring of shit around our tent – this was beginning to get scary.
Kanyo had been up before everyone else – woken by another group at 3.30am – so he had kindly prepared the fruit for breakfast
The game drive itself was absolutely incredible and we got to see wildebeest, hippo, flamingos, warthog, buffalo, elephant, black rhino, hyena, zebra, eagles, gazelle, and then we came upon a huge pride of lions. At first we saw a lone young male lying alone and on the other side of the road two females – in front we then saw a female lay right in the middle of the road with countless others further on on the right
As we had to be back to meet the truck at 12 we had to make a move but it had possibly been our best game drive yet as the lions had practically been in touching distance – we could even hear them snarl. At the entrance to the park we had to wait for the driver to get his documentation back and whilst he was gone a baboon almost got in to our 4x4 and Emma was almost hysterical – Matt had to shriek at it to scare it off. A couple of minutes later a man got attacked in the car park too – and then another tried again to get in to our van – this time Andrew was on hand to scare it.
We met the truck at a lodge in town and had lunch and then set off to our final destination – Arusha. It was another long drive and we finally arrived at about 5pm. Pulling up, who should be waiting for us but Priscilla! Back from hospital in Nairobi – we were so pleased that we were going to be able to spend our last night with her – having the whole group back together – albeit without Robyn. It turned out that she had had to have surgery to remove the infection but had arrived the day before and wanted it to be a surprise. The 3 other Absolute Africa trucks were there and we were due to have a huge barbecue to celebrate the end of some of ours trip.
Liam had come up with the great idea of having an Oscars ceremony so after a performance of Masai dancing and a delicious barbecue we set about voting and revealing the winners. The results were:
Best looking male & female: Ariel/Erin
Best country: Rwanda (despite only staying 3 days)
Most prolific vomiter: Ben
Best bar: (last bar in Kenya)
Funniest drunken moment : Matts boat jump/bank climb/haka)
Best dancer: Ariel
Funniest person: Andrew (Erica edit - funniest looking person)
Best optional excursion: Gorillas –the pygmy village came runner up even though only 4 people did it
Most popular person: Kanyo
Best game drive: Serengeti
There was a great bar and dance floor at the camp so the whole group hit the bar and got their groove on. At some stage Ariel sneaked off to bed so Andrew went and got him – it was our last night that was not going to be allowed! We had a hilarious night – Matt, Callum & Tom taught me the Haka, and Ariel had his YOGHURT, YES YOGHURT spiked by kiwi Matt who laced it with Rum and beer. It was 3am by the time we got to bed – for a 6am start – but hell it had been worth it!