After a good nights sleep at the Aero Guest Lodge next to OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg, I met up with Trai for breakfast then we got on the shuttle bus back to the airport to pick up the hire vehicle, a Nissan X Trail which should be just about big enough for out camera bags!
The journey ahead was 8 hours, South East to the beautiful coastal town of Saint Lucia, a town that I had visited several times in the past when I was staying at Zimanga. The journey was far easier than I expected with a few stops and driver swaps and we arrived just after it got dark. We checked into our next accommodation, the Santa Lucia guest house, our home for 2 nights then walked into town for a bite to eat at the Ocean basket restaurant before an early night. We are up at 4.30 in the morning to go to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game park where we would be beefing up with a friend Ester who now works there as a ranger.