The day started with another large breakfast, which Michael W devoured within minutes before returning for seconds and then thirds. We then packed up and began our travel to Mabula Game Lodge in Bela Bela.
We arrived at Mabula mid-afternoon and as we entered the reserve we were immediately confronted by elephants and lions. The hotel we stayed in was very high end and immediately Todd R’s accent stood out a mile. The rooms we were staying in were very plush and comfortable, however outside baboons lay in wait in the hope the Jack H would leave his door open so they could steal back their clothes. At 15:00 we headed out on our first game drive of our stay in hope of seeing some of the ‘Big 5’ animals (Mr. McMurray excluded). We were driven around by experienced South African game keepers who knew all the nooks and crannies of the reserve. Whilst out on our drive we were able to see Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Impala, Cheetahs, Higheenahs, Zebras, Mice and Harry C’s cuddly teddy bear. After a few hours out we headed back for dinner, where Henry T was asked to let all the other hotels guests get their food before he went up. Once dinner was finished many of us headed back to the room for the night. En route however we had to dodge the impala’s, porcupine and rhinos which had made their way into the hotel grounds from the reserve to be kept warm by Henry K’s southernly wind.
We were all tucked into bed with our cuddly teddy bears and lights off by 10pm as we had an early start the next day for our second game drive.