Far far away
This weekend we went to Hoedspruit, where we were going to put my Grandfather’s ashes next to my Ouma’s. This on a family farm (the farm of my dad’s cousins) This farm is right next to the Kruger National Park. There’s no fences between their farm and the park though, so it’s basically like going to the Kruger Park but without the cost!
My dad’s cousins took us on many game drives. We saw some amazing animals and scenery. Just so calming and beautiful.
We did have some seriously stressful moments too. You know, I’m a
small town city girl. We went on a unplanned night drive. We heard some elephants close to the camp and decided to have a look. Oh goodness. You have NO idea how utterly terrifying it is in the pitch dark, when you hear lions roar, and elephants breaking trees right next to you. More so when you have no gun protection and a little one child on your lap. Sjoe People. Talk about nerves on end.
I, being the not-so-normal person that I am, needed to work while there as well. Unfortunately the internet reception was close to none-existing. Work still needed to be done though, so I ended up driving to a higher spot. All by myself. In an open Land Cruiser. No protection. When my dad’s cousin left me there, he warned me to rather NOT start the Cruiser of a black rhino charges me. … … … yeah right!
Putting my Oupa’s ashes next to my Ouma’s was really special. The boys were involved and I think Oupa would have liked that. He probably would really have loved it when Zander decided to kick the rugby ball right in the middle of our little ceremony.
It is far though. Really really far. Feels like days per horse or more. F.A.R. My dad drove and he
isn’t keen on getting speeding tickets drive fast at all.
At one stage, after the sun had set and we had been in the car for HOURS…this little tired voice piped up from the back of the car:
“Oupa, you are going so slow that even big trucks with 36 wheels are passing us!”