Join Solly, Lindy, Charlene, Derryck and their families as they show us all it is possible to have a 4×4 adventure with the kids!
All good things must come to an end – well, till next time anyway!
This isn’t the end of the drive, just the end of the stay with Umkhumbi Lodge.
Next stop is a game drive!!
Thank you for sharing your family weekend with us. It was awesome to meet all of you, hope to see you again soon!
It is a scorcher of a day (thank God for air-con!), so we are doing a 4X4 water expedition, in short, any water we see, we go swimming!
But as fun as that was, more roads await!
So, we were crusing along quite happily after splashing around at ‘Two Baboon junction’ (the two baboons presumably being Anton and Solly – sorry guys!) when, all of a sudden, we needed to use the winch of one of the VW Amaroks!
The sandy road was soft and the load heavy, it was embarassing….
…But not for us – we were the rescuers. A local comapny had lost its trailer in the sand, even the large army vehicle towing it could not get it to move one more cm up the road.
VW Amarok 4×4 to the rescue! Derryck had been waiting for a chance to test out his winch, and here it was! So with Derryck manning the controls, Solly guiding the trailer and Anton stopping the car from sliding down the road with the trailer we spent around an hour and a half, heaving and reversing and (for some of us) watching at the sidelines.
With the road now clear, we were off!
Sadly though, testing Derrycks winch did mean that we got to Kosi Bay mouth later than we wanted to – that and getting lost on the way there anyway.
Last obstacle (other than the holes in the roads) – the bridge…
But there was still plenty of time to swim and splash around in the warm waters of the Kosi Mouth estuary. There were sleepy heads already bobbing in the car before we’d even started to move out of the car park!
Breakfast – full English, cereals, yoghurts, toast, melon, muffins… what else could you want?
A fort apparently…
Last minute itinerary changes due to the weather – it’s a scorcher of a day! – and then we were off!
Let’s go find the water :)
With such a lovely warm day we couldn’t resist getting bob and fluffy out of their cages for a little exercise.
And of course, no one could resist giving them a stroke and a little cuddle, not even little Keagyn!
The perfect way to end the day – sundowners… well, stormdowners at any rate. The lappa appeared to be at the centre of a lightning storm, so what else to do but sip at our drinks whilst enjoying the view as lightning breaks across the valley.
Dinnertime for the kids is early enough that adults can relax.
And whilst they are eating there is time to try one of the best hot weather drinks (for the rum lovers out there at any rate) – the ‘Dark and Stormy’!
Friday the 18th November brings two families or our Amarok family weekend.
We have 4 adults, and 4 kids – it’s going to be fun!
Our adults are Solly, Lindy, Derryck and Charlene and are accompanied by Daniel, Trystan, Ethyn and Keagyn.
The temperature is sweltering today here in Hluhluwe, with no sign of the rain that others on the East Coast are bragging about – stop hogging the rain guys, share!!
So, what else to do but have a couple of beers in the reception car park.
But enough relaxing, time to unpack the cars. Remember to watch out for the Nyala as you walk up the path.
After being shown to your light, airy and most importantly airconditioned room the only hard thing to decide is what to do next – a refreshing dip in the pool or a refreshing drink at the lappa.
After a few moments standing in the sun… Pool!