Accommodation can take on a variety of forms and levels of luxury, and I’ve lucked it with experiencing just about every kind. Really I have! But not much rivals sleeping under an African sky, which is what we did up in the Manyeleti Game Reserve earlier this month, in celebration of the 1000km mark reached by the Trec1000 team.
After a toast to the rhinos, we jumped into the back of a bakkie (aka pickup) and headed up the hill and to the top of the world. Or more accurately, an abandoned camp site on the top of the highest koppie for miles. It had lost its roof in a fire years before, but charm is not of mortar made. It offered a 360 degree view to forever and was a gift to tired walkers.
There were about 15 of us and we each found a spot for our sleeping bag in the sheltered area and after dinner and some serious raconteuring around the fire, we took the open sky as a backdrop for sleep.
There was some soft rain in the night, but I simply crawled deeper into my snug cave. Temperatures dropped and the wind picked up. But the lions roared in the distance and I could not have been closer to nature.
About the happiest a bush loving girl can be, just that.
Below is the view to forever.
Werner, who was part of the production team, doing a stop motion record of the sunset.
If you haven’t climbed into the back of a bakkie and felt the freedom of movement and wind in your hair. This is the laughter it brings. Edita and Ronel.