The day for the much anticipated matric trip arrived, as we reached the school grounds by six in the morning looking beautiful in our all white outfits, beaming with excitement. We could not wait to board the bus and ‘hit the road’. Our mode of transport was not very fancy but we soon learnt to love our Olympic companion.
The journey to Hluhluwe was a long but thrilling one, and it was made shorter by our vibrant spirits and vibrant music in the bus. Our first stop was at the UniZulu Science Centre where our knowledge about science around us was broadened. Various interesting experiments were conducted before our watchful eyes. Our final activity at the Science Centre was the career Expo which included a wide variety of possible career paths for us matric learners. A few hours later, our Olympic companion was on the road as we made our way to the Izinkwazi Mall in preparation for our mouth-watering braai at the Richard’s Bay Beach. We finally arrived at Hluhluwe – Dumazulu Lodge later than expected but the tiredness was overlooked as we were welcomed by the friendly staff that had been waiting for our arrival. The accommodation was splendid because we got the African experience with the meals following an African cuisine. Our rooms were also thatched grass but with beautiful striking exterior and interior designs, displaying a representation of South African Culture. Day two began in the early hours as we
prepared for our game drive at five in the morning. The beautiful sight of our ‘majestic’ animals gave us the opportunity to reconnect with nature. We saw the ever graceful giraffes, buffaloes, rhinos, impalas, elephants, and so many more. After freshening up, we took to the snake and croc show and thereafter our much anticipated boat cruise at the Isimangaliso Wetlands – St Lucia, where we caught sight of the big hippos, crocodiles and indigenous birds and plants as well. It was indeed a beautiful experience. All the learners looked gorgeous in their relaxed outfits, with everyone spotting a pair of sunglasses. This was proven true when we passed by Umtubatuba and to our surprise even the local councillor came to great us.
We dreaded the last day because it meant that we had to come back to St Francis College. We said our last goodbyes with a few taking a dip in the swimming pool. We had a scrumptious breakfast before loading our luggage onto our Olympic companion. Before we knew it we were saying goodbye to the lovely Hluhluwe as we once again hit the highway, making our way back to St Francis College.
The trip was exceptional and it shall forever be treasured as part of our last high school memories. Thank you to the school for organising the trip and a special thank you to Mrs Mkhize, Mrs Lushozi, Br. Mkhize and Mrs Ntazi for accompanying us.