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Getting lost in the St Lucia wilderness


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As an up-and-coming ecologist, I have always had a sense of adventure. My research has given me the privilege of visiting wilderness areas across South Africa, spending large portions of my MSc degree walking through the Greater Kruger National Park, encountering elephants, buffalo and white rhino on foot. Although I would like to think of myself as fairly competent when walking through a wilderness area, this was not always the case. Back in April 2011, as a young first year BSc student, I undertook my first trip on my own, visiting St Lucia in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Although the trip itself was incredible, a single event on my final day stole the headlines of my stay. Below is my diary entry from that day.









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A harrowing tale indeed. I can imagine your heart beating faster and faster in your chest as the "stalker" grew near. Good thing you had no more croc encounters. Those scratches look painful. All good fun in hindsight, though.

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  • 3 weeks later...
Peter Connan

Yip, that's how easily things can go wrong!


Glad you made it with no permanent damage.

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Thanks for posting and glad that stalker didn't get you!

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A cautionary tale for us all. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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