from Bongani to St. Lucia

At 8:00 am we leave! The first ten kilometers are of unsealed road, within the protected area and we meet everything: rhino, zebras, monkeys … We continue for almost 600 km between forests of tall trees and firs: it seemed to be in Switzerland! We turn around outside Swaziland passing from the Mpumalanga region to KwaZulu-Natal. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Lucia. We chose this small town to visit three interesting parks: iSimangaliso and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. The hotel, the Serene Estate is beautiful, modern, and welcoming, the owner lady makes us sit down to manage with us the activities we will do on the three days of stay and she will arrange to book. Let’s see the sunset on the beach and stop to watch the full moon that is an incredible red !!! A large sign at the entrance to the beach, initially ignored by us, warns that it is dangerous to walk around at night, because hippos and crocodiles can be met along the roads. Panic absolute, then we run into the car. The streets of the small town are invaded by signs indicating the possibility of encountering hippos, rather dangerous animals, in fact in South Africa they are the leading cause of death.