Camping in the rain. That is all.
Well, that’s not really all. Today was the annual tube race in Sabie. Every year people go camp in Sabie, party and then go tubing down the river on the Saturday. We took a while to decide whether we were going to go along, but eventually decided that we should for the Friday night at least. FOMO? Anyway, on Thursday Michael was not feeling well and by Friday he was still not great, but he was a real trooper and we went along anyway. We decided though that we would just go for the camping vibe and not do the tubing part. We needed to come back via Nelspruit on Saturday anyway to get an office chair.
A short way in to our journey a friendly car drove past us and decided to give us a present. The present was in the form of a little stone that managed to chip the middle of our windscreen. Since we wanted to get this sorted out ASAP and it would not be able to be done in Tonga we then decided that we would have to leave Sabie even earlier on Saturday morning to get to the windscreen repair people in time for them to fix it before closing at 11am. Bummer.
The drive to Sabie is really beautiful. The roads are high up and you have an amazing view out over the fields and pine plantations. Unfortunately the photos didn’t come out so well as we were driving while they were being taken. Another day when we have more time we will stop and take some good ones.
As soon as we arrived at Sabie on Friday early evening, Michael got the fire ready to braai the meat for our group. It was good that he got ot going early because while we were serving our food the rain started coming down. Rain + camping + not really having enough tents = interesting. We spent some time watching friends trying to keep there fire alive by sheltering it with a bin lid, setting blankets on fire by mistake and hanging out huddled up in a bakkie. After a while we decided to go get some hot chocolate at a local restaurant, It was hot, chocolately and delicious!
By the time we got back to the camp site it was about 12am. By 1am, Michael and I decided to sleep in the car. It actually worked out surprisingly well and we managed more sleep than many others. Cars also have the advantage of being more sound proof than tents, which is a huge advantage when the music is playing (loudly) until 4:30.
Overall, I am still glad that we went. It was a good evening which we will remember. It was also a welcome relief from the heat of Tonga. We are definitely keen to go back to the camp site another time when it is quieter, cheaper and just as beautiful!