Susquehanna University; Inter-cultural visit to South Africa, May 2014, Day 5,

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Taste of Africa is hosting 15 Creative Writing students from the Susquehanna University, (plus two Directors):

THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA:  enjoy KRUGER PARK SAFARI, while part of the South & African Culture,

LIVING IN VILLAGE HOME-STAY, Commencing in the Alexandra Township, and then 3 nights of Immersion in Zulu Culture, in a Village in the Nqutu area.  We then visit St Lucia for 2 nights, as we take some R&R, drive through Swaziland, and spend a night in a Swazi Village outside the Numbi Gate. A drive through the Panorama Route, a night in a Shangaan Village outside the Orpen Gate. A day-drive through the Park to Punda Maria, 3 nights outside the Punda Maria Gate in Cedric & Nettie’s home village, a night outside Pafuri Gate, with a Venda Community, (a night in the Art community in Elim, and then end with a night in Soweto), or 2 nights in Pretoria:

DAY 5:  20th May 2014       –     visit day 4:

We wake early, breakfast at 06:30 and then fond good-byes as we leave for St Lucia.

Since the dog-hunting was ruled at at this village, I endeavoured to arrange a short outing for the group, and had planned to travel via Vryheid and Nongoma to achieve this. As we were departing our host Benjamin advised me against this road, and as I had not been on this road for some time I was hesitant.

I first took the road, but then, as my principles of ensuring the safety of our group on the road, and took the longer, safer route, causing us to arrive at the lunch / dog hunting destination ninety minutes late.

Maradogs

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Nettie and I will be looking at this route when we visit Ncume during July.

After lunch we arrived in St Lucia, just in time to board the last Hippo & Croc cruise.

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Ceocadile

Our group then had supper at a local restaurant, the food was good, but they got an insight into just how bad South Africa’s service can be.

After the previous 4 days and night, we needed the rest and relaxation:

 

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