How to escape a hippo (or things to do in St Lucia)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I have mentioned before that there are absolutely no shark nets in this part of the ocean. But still Flip and I went in for a dip. At least we got out of the wind and the stinging sand. Speaking of the wind, when it's blowing extremely hard, it gives you the chance to attempt the latest craze, also known as:

Next up was a Kayak Safari. Flip and I decided to grit our teeth and put normal holiday laziness aside. To point out, neither Flip and I have ever kayaked before, and we are definitely not fit, but we still thought that this would be an interesting excursion and a great story to tell!

We joined the team of St Lucia Kayak Safaris at about 8:00 am and set of for two and a half hours of rowing. We chose the Honeymoon Bend (hippo and croc) safari, which included a tourguide who told us about the birds and the wildlife we would see. Although a bit pricey, at R290 pp, it is totally worth it.

There are a few prerequisites though. I jotted them down below.

Yes, Mr Hippo over there decided that we were to close to his territory and started charging. Now, a few things about hippopotami: they are the most dangerous animal in Africa. That guy can bite you in half! I swear; they are the third largest land animal, after an elephant and rhino; despite being as huge as it is, this river horse can run faster than a human on land, reaching about 50 km/h (30mph); its also very fast in shallow water; we had to row for our lives.

We had the most delicious pizza at this place. I kid you not, I have never tasted such good pizza! My mom and I shared a four seasons type, while my dad and Flip braved a mexicana. These men weren't easily scared by the extreme burn of that pizza!


Johlet said...

This looks like so much fun!
I want to go there, except for the hippos, I would have pooped my pants!

Jenna said...

Looks like a blast, although I would have freaked if a pair of hippos came charging for me! You two dare devils! ;)


The Pink Growl said...

OMG the hippo! Your area is just filled with exotic little animals! How neat!

Lisamarie said...

Oh my gosh, Megan! You see and do the craziest things where you live! The closest I've been to a hippo is that hungry hungry hippo game! The animal scares me even when it's fake and plastic!

Meg {henninglove} said...

you two are so cute! looks like you had a great vacation

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