Rhinos FOR CHEAP!
Saturday morning we took back to back computer classes and then brought 500 litres of water to the worksite using the Holden ute, two tanks and two small buckets to transfer the water. Just before lunch Charlie told us that we needed a break and should head to Meru for the weekend. Within minutes we were piled into the car with Charlie and his family.
The road to Meru took us along the fenceline of the Soli game reserve. It boasts the highest rhino density in the worls and unsurprisingly we saw many of them. It was great to encounter them in "the wild" especially because it was for free. Charlie somewhat jokingly and somewhat seriously tried to charge us to see them, albeit through the form of dodgey bet. It was nigh four hours when we eventually arrived in Meru. The long trip caused in part by the significant distance but even more so by the need to stop every few kilometers to greet some distant friend, relative or aquantince. About three qauters of the way to Meru we turned onto a sealed road which forms part of the mira delivery route. Being a drug which loses it potency after 48 hours of harvesting delivery time must be minimised. Because of this we frequently encountered brand new pickups pushing 200 plus kilometres an hour on their way to the airport or the coast. Just before we reached Meru Di spotted a gigantic elephant on the side of the road. The really impressive aspect was that it was not in or even close to a national park and there was no fence, this was a genuinely wild elephant.