Cheetahs never prosper ...
Trip Start Dec 17, 2007
26Trip End Jan 19, 2008
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Licked by a Cheetah
Keywords - Water fight, Piracy on the road - Africa Adventure attack, Cheetah reserve, Puppy and Cheetah, Hard Lessons to learn when young, "Are you for real", Purring, Licked Puku Steaks, Forest Fires, Dry Storms
We rise at 6:00am for an early start (at this stage this is more a normal start... but with the heat of the day after 9:30am getting all the morning chores done in the cool of early morning is a blessing) ... After a short drive we reach a small dustry town with an inordinate number of bottle stores and little else except a bakery and a few curio stores purporting to have internet but really this is just to draw you in ... it worked on me as I end up buyingmy first piece of Africrap ..
We head straight to the bakery and indulge ourselves in some very good cakes and very poor coffee ... afterward Wil finds a store that sells super squirter guns .... so a water fight ensues ... much to the amazement and amusement of the locals ... in this heat being drenched by a water gun is a welcome relief ... as we drive out of the town we pass the Africa Adventure truck and they get a full broadside from all our mighty canons ... avast ... we should have sent boarders to steal their (rather ample and attractive) women ...
After another long hot drive we arrive at a Cheetah reserve with an unpronouncable name .. to our amazement the Africa Adventure truck pulls in about 30 minutes later ... I find myself wondering "What dastardly revenge awaits us ?" ... a little while later we meet them at the bar as we wait to be taken to the Cheetahs ... they are a very nice bunch ... which is good because shortly afterward about 24 of us are piled into back of a Landcruiser with a trailer for the excess persons ... and a big mysterious black bin in the middle ...
Initially we are taken to see 3 "tame" cheetahs ... the idea of the Cheetah park is to provide rehabiliation for outcast or injured animals ... these 3 majestic cats are extrmely used ot humans and we play in the garden of the farm with them ..
After lunch we are piled into the Trailblaiser again and driven off to the Cheetah reserve ... I find out that the bin I have be sitting on is in fact full of bits of dead donkey to feed the wild cats ..
When we get back to the camp Joe has cooked a surprise ... Puku steaks ... and they are amazing, not as gamey as you'd think but wonderfully tender ... we settle in to dinner watching a massive forest fire in some distant mountain range ... and can't help but wonder if our camp fire is wise in this dry place ...
Later as we go to bed we are treated to the nightly dry storm ... normally in the tropics a big wind proceeds a torrential down pour ... the same applies in these arid parts but in this case it is so hot and dry that the torrent barely reaches the ground ... and you end up with a mighy wind, a big storm above your head and a few spits of rain ... quite an experience!!