I pretty much knew that Nick loved game reserves before I knew his name. It was one of those things he seemed to reiterate over time and so what more of a perfect birthday gift than to pack up and head to Tala in Camperdown.
I told him to pack everything from running shoes to baggies so that he would have no idea where we were missioning to. I loaded him in the car and I drove us up through the hills on a beautiful sunny autumn day, windows down and blasting Van Morrison.
Finally after a few wrong turns and flustered phone calls to mom,we arrived at Tala and headed straight for the pool area.Here I unpacked us a picnic of all his favourite foods and we lazed and ate and ate and lazed in between the acacia trees and sunlight.
Afterwards we headed to the huge vehicles that would take us on a two hour sunset game drive.I cannot explain how fresh the air smells up there and how deeply green everything is. We saw a variety of buck, birds, zebra,giraffe and rhino. It was fun to be on a drive with people from India and America as we were constantly reminded how lucky we were to have to all this on our doorstep.