Susquehanna University; Inter-cultural visit to South Africa, May 2014, Day 9,

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Taste of Africa is hosting 15 Creative Writing students from the Susquehanna University, (plus two of their 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 9:  24th May 2014       –    visit day 8:

We depart early in an attempt to enter the Kruger Park Orpen Gate, when the gates opened and failed by thirty minutes.

In the Orpen area, we often see lions, but this morning even the common Impala are in hiding.

We spot a Rhino, and sight Elephants and Buffalo during the day.

BuffaloElephantGiraffeLilacBrrestedBaobab22Arriving at the Matiyani Village in the late afternoon.

En route, the directors and I agree that we have not given the students sufficient time, alone in the community and we undertake to immerse them in the community.

The students are allocate to five families, and we do not wish to see them till the following evening.