I meant to post about my safari yesterday but, as they say, time and tide wait for no man – and that they definitely didn’t.
So I wanted to do that today but as I couldn’t miss out on the Peas and Crayons party, I present What I Saw, Did and Ate Wednesday.
It only consisted a giant one of these:
A banana, however large, is not enough for me for breakfast. Neither is it my usual practice to eat with a group of people, most of whom I have never met before.
Something slightly more unusual though, in my opinion, was that I found myself saying: “Are those two antelopes fighting, do you think – or just playing?”
From experience, I can recommend watching zebras, wildebeest and giraffes have breakfast while you eat yours; it definitely beats watching Richard and Judy.
The safari had started at 4pm on Monday. I left work early to get to the animal park, where I was greeted with a glass of champagne (didn’t mind if I did, thanks).
We (the other journalists and researchers, my friend and I) were then taken, in a safari truck, into the 100-acre reserve, where African animals can just roam around.
It was amazing to be able to look back and see elands wandering across the road, or zebras grazing next to wildebeest. After about 90 minutes (which went so much more quickly than that!) we got to the camp:
It was beautiful.
There were 10 individual “luxury safari tents”, each with its own veranda, looking out over hundreds of acreas of stunning countryside… and all the animals! It was so peaceful and, even though I was only there one night, like going on holiday 🙂
The food was good too… dinner!
The buffet starters, which included pates, salads and a fruit bowl (with the best strawberries I think I’ve ever had!)
The main course was also a selection, cooked on this open pit oven:
There was some gorgeous stuffed butternut, king prawns and a delicious “julienne” of roasted veg, kind of like a ratatouille. I blame the rangers, who kept pressing food on us, for how much I ate… what’s a girl to do?
I couldn’t have the banoffee pie or fruit tart for pudding (sob) but the chef also flambe-ed pineapple:
This wasn’t my cup of tea at all! But the picture’s cool, so it goes in…
And I more than made up for my lack of pudding, with the huge quantities of truffles, red wine and lovely coffee…. maybe that’s part of the reason why I really wasn’t hungry for breakfast the next day… 🙂
The whole experience was truly amazing, only enhanced by the fact it’s all only to raise money for the charity that owns the park, which does amazing conservation work, all over the world.
Top dude of the day award though, has to go to this elephant. The reason he’s got hay on his head (I love this) is camouflage – how good is that?!
Sadly for him, the hay fell off just after this – busted! We’d never have spotted him otherwise… 🙂
All in all, I think it’s fair to say, a pretty good way of spending time…!
Happy WIAW! Thanks Jen 🙂