Today is another day closer to the end of the trip. The entire trip has being a life changing experience. It is hard to pinpoint what my favourite moment was during this 3 weeks…..
On the day that we went for horseback riding, I admit I was physically exhausted and ready to sleep for the entire afternoon. However, when Giles offered to drive myself, Megan and Dan in the land cruiser behind the group who were horseback riding, I perked up. It sounded a lot better to me. During this drive I think I realized how well I had bonded with all of my peers. I was instantly no longer tired bouncing in the back seat while going off roading. The trails that Giles took us on were amazing, Megan and I could not stop smiling and laughing. The exhiliration of sitting in my seat and going up a hill so steep I was staring at the sky was so much fun. I am currently thinking about taking up some vehicle off-roading at home! It is bitter sweet right now, knowing that the trip is coming to an end.
This entire trip is honestly the trip of a lifetime. It’s absolutely amazing to wake up to the African sunrise and stay up till the sunset. The beautiful scenery and wilderness surrounding the camps is the most exciting thing about being here in South Africa. Coming back from lunch and seeing a giraffe outside your tent, or going to classes and seeing elephant just outside the door is an experience in and of itself. Getting sightings of the more reclusive predators like hyena, cheetah and lion are the moments of pure awe that I look forward to on game drives. I really enjoyed the opportunity to experience nature up close and personal through the various hikes, walks and trail rides on horseback. Having that opportunity to experience and learn hands on what it is to work in conservation and knowing that it’s not just looking at cute animals all day, it’s research and passion and a lifetime of work towards the protection of these animals.
Hilary Gill says
Great blogs, glad the ship gave me an account so that I can keep reading them. It’s really nice to hear what each day holds for you. Stay well and see you when we ‘both’ get home Jessica!
Andrew Gill says
It must be really great to see all those animals that we don’t have here and to be learning so much while studying them. Its awesome to here all about what you are doing while you are all over there. Keep up the good work.
Sheila Bunn says
Well done Jessica. It has been amazing to read the daily blogs. I almost felt I was there with you all. My 92 year old friend has enjoyed my reading the blogs to her by phone. You will be coming back home with a brand new outlook on life and I wish you all, good wishes for your future endeavors. Have a safe journey back home.