Things to remember

We’re zooming along in the pick up truck. I couldn’t tell you what speed we were doing, but it felt like the fastest I had ever travelled. We’re out to spot wild African beasts at dusk. Dusk that quickly turned into dark night. Above us the milky way glistening with dense swirls of stars, brighter than…

Chakalaka

So last week my friends and I made chakalaka! This was a dish I was originally introduced to in Swaziland, and so it’s definitely got some lovely memories associated with it: trying it for the first time with pap after walking around the local neighbourhood and markets on our first day, gorging it for lunch after…

Swaziland part 12

(another warning; prepare yourself for a billion photos). So on our final day of the trip we could relax and take it easy… ERRR.. NOT. We got up early in the morning and set off on a 7 hour hike through a valley and across mountains in the Malolotja reserve. A good day, I set…

Swaziland part 11

The last day of our stay at Mbuluzi we headed out to one of the hides by one of the water holes and hoped to spot some more wildlife. No mammals that morning but it was still so beautiful to watch the sun rise and listen to the dawn chorous. Very peaceful. In fact, so…

Swaziland part 10

So what was I actually studying in Africa? Well I thought I would share with you an extract from my project proposal so you can have an idea : “This study aims to determine whether (1) an increase in insect diversity causes an increase in bat abundance, (2) an increase in altitude causes a decrease…

Swaziland part 9

(prepare yourself for a billion photos). On our last day before we started our projects we went to another close reserve called Hlane National Park, the king’s reserve. This reserve was definitely the most touristy attraction in the area, having larger more dangerous animals such as elephants, lions and rhinos. The reserve still felt very…

Swaziland part 8

On one of the days we got to choose between several activities and I chose to go on a drive to the neighbouring reserve called Mlawula with Jeff, Steph, Bryony, Sam and Conrad. It was actually at this reserve I thought I was going to do my project, but turned out I had misunderstood. This reserve…