One of my newly announced goals is to be more adventurous. Yep, I’m trying to embrace life and jump right in – meaning I’m making a real effort to actually leave my cabana for more than work and the occasional market run.
Outing #1: Jofane Camping Trip
I made for the hills and joined my friends Uli, Berkhart, and Roz for a long weekend. Uli has a little plot of land that overlooks the Save River (pronouced sah-veh) where he is planning on building a lodge. Until that day, we get to camp outside in the wilderness. Roz and I shared a tent and the guys were very brave and slept outside with just a mat and a mosquito net.
Basically we spent the whole weekend sitting around and enjoying the expansive view. We hiked down to the river to find the local pod of hippos and stomped around snake country for several hours, braving giant spiders, their equally creepy webs, and befriending one local little boy who wanted to be our guide.
Turns out that our “guide” didn’t really know where to go either. Everything was really overgrown and after a few hours we only found one vantage point that looked suspiciously like a crocodile entrance, so we gave up and turned around. (Adventure does not have to include wrestling crocs.)
Everything, from the night-glow purple lilies in the swamp to the golden orb spiders hanging above the trail, is just a bit bigger and more impressive in the bush – totally worth leaving the cabana to see.