Today the long drive to Mala Mala was due so I got to sleep in. Well, if you call waking up at 6AM sleeping in :-). When I left the room the Bushbucks were grazing just in front of my door as if to say “Are you sure you want to leave?”
Said goodbye to all the wonderful people at Mashatu who had been so absolutely warm and hospitable and was driven to the border with South Africa by Elvis and Morgan for the last time. On the other side of the border I was met by the driver who would take me to Mala Mala.
The drive took about 8 hours and the driver was of the talkative sort 🙂 I escaped much of the cross examination by catching up on some long deprived sleep.
Around 4PM we arrived at Mala Mala Main Camp where I was met by ranger for the coming two weeks: Matt Meyer. I had been to Main Camp once before but only for one night and it had been already a couple of years ago. Decided to skip the afternoon game drive (now thàt’s a first!) although Matt offered that I could get settled in first while he already went out with the other guests with whom I would be sharing the vehicle, and someone could bring me to them later on. But strangely enough I felt a bit lost and yes, maybe even a bit lonely. For the first time since I left home I was feeling a bit homesick. If I would have known then, at that moment, that the upcoming stay of 2 weeks Mala Mala Main Camp was going to be one of the most fantastic stays ever at Mala Mala (and that really says something!) I would have surely felt differently.
Anyway, got settled in to my room and set up my little computer corner there. It’s a pitty I haven’t taken a picture of that as the tangle of cords, plugs, adaptors, chargers, disks, all plugged into one outlet is every fire brigade’s nightmare. 🙂 (Managed throughout my stay without setting the place on fire though.. )