Sunday, 2 January 2011

Our Adventure Holiday was Fucking Amazing!


Our holiday in Mpumalanga was brilliant!  It was blistering hot most days - sometimes up to nearly 38 degrees C. 

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pools but it a lot of adventurous stuff too.  Check out Mandy's Blog for a completely Day to Day breakdown of what we did. I'm gonna give you the shorter version.

Day 1 Arrival at Sabie River Camp we sourced a good spot to pitch our wee hoosie aka tent being sure to keep space for the other 12 tents' arrival the following day.  We spent the first day swimming in their amazing pools and enjoying the quiet and the sunshine.




The view from our camping spot
Our Wee Hoos

Sitting by the Braai

Day 2 was a little different. 

The others were due to arrive and join us!

As a group of 27 people, most of us went off early to enjoy the Skyway Canopy Tours.  10 zip slides gliding high over the trees and the last three zipping under the trees.  Each section of the trail varied in length from 70 to 230 meters linking a total of 10 platforms, making this the longest cable trail in Africa (1,2km). 

My 7-year-old Megan was not scared at all - she had a blast and one of the youngest to complete the canopy tours solo.  It was exhilirating, exciting and very hot up there in the tree tops.  You could see for miles!


A Daft Scots Lass swining through the treetops

After the canopy tours, the group slipt up and we all went different ways for lunch and we took the girls horse riding at The Horse Whispers Sanctuary.  The girls LOVED the horse riding.


Off into the distance
KK looking tiny on the retired polo pony

Megan - Look, Ma, no hands!

After a very long and scorching day, we all met up for supper that night - all 27 of us - at The Ant and Elephant Restaurantwhich was amazing. I was far too exhausted, hot and dirty to enjoy a good meal so the girls and I just had dessert.




Day 3 we went White Water Tubing  or Ghekoing down the Sabie River with Induna Adventures.  What an awesome experience!!  We got a DVD full of photos that the guide took, because we obviously couldn't take the pictures!  I don't have pictures as it is with the rest of the group who are still there.  But I can tell you we jumped off a cliff about 9 meters down into the rapids.  It was hectic.  3 hours and 10 level 3 rapids later, we were exhausted and exhilarated


White Water Tubing


Walking around a large rapid.


Day 4 was meeting the Elephants and what an amazing expereince this was! 

The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview was beautiful and home to two young bull ellies, Casper (24 years old) and Siko (11 years old).  We got to brush them down, feed them, walk with them and ride them.  It was something I will NEVER forget. They are such beautiful animals, so gentle and sensitive and really intelligent.  We even got a kiss from Kito.


Some of the group on the way to meet the Elephants
A Daft Scots lass brushing down the Ellie
Megan giving Kito some peanuts
A Daft Scots Lass getting a kiss from Kito
KK getting a kiss from Kito
Walking the elephants
Riding the elephants

Day 5 Was The Big Swing and Foofie slide across the waterfall.

Megan wanted to do the jump, but they said she was too young.  A very disappointed Meg did the Foofie slide across the gorge instead, which she thoroughly enjoyed.  My Bad Ass Megan.

The Big Swing is a 70 meter free-fall down and I serioulsy thought I was gonna puke and shite myself all at the same time.  It was rainy and very misty and we couldn't see the bottom.  It was free-falling backwards into nothing - incredibly hectic! 

But once you were sitting swinging in the harness, it was beautiful to see the waterfall and everything was so green and pretty (under the mist).  Then we had to walk up the slippery wooden steps to the top again.



What it looks like on a CLEAR day!!!



Me and Megan with our Group HKGK T-shirts on
KK, Meg and Riaan

10 comments:

Max Evel said...

The vid looks like you had a lot of scary fun.
:-)

Hubman said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun! I'm glad you had such a good time!!!

Blasé said...

Good for y'all! So much fun!

Welcome back to reality...

Akelamalu said...

It sounds like a ball!

One of my everlasting memories was visiting an elephant orphanage in Thailand. I just love elephants. :)

Ryan said...

Looks amazing but if I went oot in 38 degrees my peely waaly skin would burn tae a cinder.

Ami said...

I think I'm the most jealous of the elephant kisses.

They just look like amazing creatures.


Reading your blog is the next best thing to being there, I guess.
:)

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I would love to walk, get kissed by and ride an elephant!!

Wow, it really looks like you had fun.

Thanks for visiting me!! I hope you have a wonderful 2011.

Hugs and love!!

Run DMT said...

What an amazing trip! I read your precious post about your camping trip and NEVER dreamed it was anything as cool as this! Truly amazing!

Nocturnal Queen said...

Y'all are braver than I am. Even your little girls. lol I'm glad y'all had fun.

cat said...

You had a wonderful holiday! We also did some camping.

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