Sunday we started off with the last of our fantastic breakfasts at Nxala Ranch. With our stomachs filled to the brim we headed out on what would be a long trip east. Towards St Lucia!

The weather took a turn for the worse overnight, it was sunny with temperatures up to the low 30s on the day before, but today we woke up to a grey sky and cold weather.
During the trip it even got colder, culminating in a drive through a cloud…

Needless to say that the otherwise spectacular trip through KwaZulu Natal with its plentiful peaks went largely unseen as the clouds and moisture were both in the way. That was really pitiful!

After about 5 hours we arrived at St Lucia after seeing some really dramatic changes in the landscape. We left Nxala with its rolling hills and dry grass to go to the lush vegetation of the wetlands at St Lucia. And the Indian Ocean!

We found the B&B pretty quick and got some really good tips from the owners. Which meant we almost directly after arriving went for a two hour walk around town to go see the wild animals living outside of the village. These include Hippo and Monkey, so we would have to stay vigilant for us not to get harmed.

The walk was lovely, and we encountered a bunch of hippo and other animals. A true succes and with warm weather quite enjoyable too.

After eating a pizza downtown we hurried back in our car to the B&B; normally we would walk the distance but we have been warned that the hippos get out of the water at night and graze the front lawns of the residents of the town. And we do not like to encounter hippo on foot at night!

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