If you follow my blog, you will know by now that the first post of the month is always dedicated to travel, one of my favourite things to do. This month, I am going to tell you about my trips to South Africa, and in particular my last one which was just over a year ago with my fiancé Antonio.
Having been to South Africa twice already with my family (once as a child, and another time as a teenager), I was tied to organise something different for this trip. With ten days ahead of us, we left Heathrow in London direct to Johannesburg. Fresh off the plane, we picked up our luggage (which was still quite light) and headed over to the terminal for the smaller aircrafts to catch the plane that would take us to the Safari reserve in the north of the country called Sabi Sabi. This private reserve is not far from Kruger Park, and only has a select few hotels in order to limit the human impact and also guarantee more animal sightings.
Our three days at the Safari Lodge were magical and sprinkled with unforgettable moments from the swarm of baboons on our roof waking us up (thank god we had locked all the windows!), to our one on one interaction with Tambo, a five year old African elephant that was left an orphan, passing by our romantic dinner in the bush. Needless to say that we never wanted to leave! But, as our holiday ticked on, we took our flight back to Johannesburg and enjoyed a couple of days discovering the bohemian area of Maboneng, the local museums and of course the cuisine!
As we left Johannesburg we headed to the south, to a city called Oudtshoorn, where we enjoyed some full on animal interaction. We spent some time with Ostrichs and Emus, where I even got to ride an Ostrich (yes that is a thing and very different from horse riding!); and then were fortunate to spend a whole morning with the amazing team at the Oudtshoorn animal conservation centre meeting and playing with their adult and baby cheetahs, lemurs and snakes. It was such an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone going out there. From Oudtshoorn, we flew to Cape Town, where we enjoyed the Victoria & Albert pier, Boulders beach and a drive around the coastline. We also were very lucky to fly in a helicopter around the Cape of Good Hope and see some whales from up above.
A few hours after our helicopter flight we were in the airplane back towards London, our heads full of memories, our hearts full of love for this country, our cameras full of amazing photos and our luggage full of souvenirs, art and even two stools from a local tribe that now sit our lounge! South Africa is a country with an incredible and sometimes painful history but it a beautiful and strong country that is full of treasures to discover.
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