Friday, 22 May 2015
Southern Africa Amazement
COUNTRY: Africa Combo
WRITTEN BY: Emma Catto
Our first week in Southern Africa was amazing!
Landing in Johannesburg on Sunday morning after an 11 hour flight, Victoria and I stayed at a cosy backpackers near the airport, meeting up with Jordan the next day and traveling to Swaziland, to Lidwala Lodge, where we will be spending a lot of time over the next month or so during our volunteering placement there.
Along the way we met up with a group of Canadian university students on a study abroad program, and we got to know them at Lidwala for a few days before heading north to Kruger National Park in South Africa for our safari.
Camping and game viewing in Kruger was an experience that I will never forget, and I know that it will be a highlight of this trip. Within 2 days of being driven around the park by our All Out Africa guide Bob, we had seen the "Big Five" (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard), seeing a total of 3 leopards during our time there. Nights around a fire, waking up early to see the sun rise as we searched for animals, our sunset drive and early morning game walk were all complimented by the spectacular environment and landscapes we were constantly surrounded by, and all of the wild African animals that we were able to see!