Good news. They have landed back at Heathrow.
We are pleased to report that everyone has checked in fine.
Some of the group spent an awesome night on the beach, under the watchful eye of their dedicated leader. Then it was a sad goodbye to Pongola and on the road.
Pongola River Camp
A busy week
Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo and Crocs!
They did traps today and caught a slender mongoose. Then they climbed into a pit of waste plastic sheet and bagged up lots of it which was dirty and hot work but rewarding. The two groups then came back together which involved lots of hugging and chatting.
A quick hello from a misty morning in South Africa. What a stunning view to wake up to.
The group have been at a school today. The whole school came out to welcome them and later they were inside presenting to groups of students which went down very well. The groups were fairly large so it was a challenging but extremely rewarding experience for all the Expeditioners.
The group with Sarah have been doing a presentation to a class from a primary school in Hluhluwe on the Rhinos and affects of poaching. They worked with the interns to get this sorted. They also did a day of walking on Albizia camp and checking bucket traps and setting other traps. They have seen some large elephants the other side of the river. They then spent the afternoon pulling plastic out of a river bed.
The groups are out on the walking trails again today. An unforgettable and very exciting phase of the expedition. They are getting the chance to experience the ‘real Africa’ walking through the bush trying to spot wildlife - all under the expert guidance of highly trained and very experienced guides and rangers.
All is going well and the team had an excellent evening after handling the animals and getting their talk from Anton. Steve is off today with half of the team going to Amakhosi. The team are working hard and interacting with each other really well and as a result there are no splinter groups or cliches, it is just one big happy group.
On a bush walk they saw an elephant on the other side of the river much to everyone's delight. After that it was onto Environmental Awareness with Anton. Snakes, spiders and more with no fear factor! The whole group embraced getting up close.
The group have seen lion, rhino, buffalo and also confirmed by Tommy, a leopard! All before breakfast. There were two male lions at a distance and the leopard was a long way off.
The group have been at CROW Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife. They have been removing trees and clearing the bush pig enclosure.
The group are now at Marine World and having a fantastic time by all accounts watching dolphins, seals and turtles.
News just in that the group have arrived at the hotel and have been met by Anton and Tommy!
We have had news from the group that they have arrived in Johannesburg and have checked in. They are now waiting for the next flight. Everyone is good if a little tired.
We have just had news that the group have arrived and Heathrow and checked in! Now waiting in departures before boarding.
The Outposts Open Expedition to South Africa 2017 is on its way. We have just waved goodbye to the bus as it heads off to Heathrow for the first part of the journey to South Africa and the start of the group's adventures on expedition.