“You will become an addict. Once you make a trip to Africa you will want to go back again and again. You can’t help yourself.”
I smile and nod at my friend who speaks with such passion I think she may actually burst into tears. Just weeks before our African safari and travels in Africa the sense of excitement is building. But an addict? Really that seems a bit over the top.
After all we have been to a lot of incredible places. Surely a trip to African can’t be that much better can it? Meeting with Antoinette at Explorations Africa she concurs.
With twinkling eyes and a broad grin, “You will fall in love with Africa.”
Photos To Inspire Your Trip to Africa
These two look like they are having a hug, or possibly a nap. Two young male giraffes in a quiet moment of neck wrestling. Testing their strength, the long necks hit, twist and turn. Each giraffe hopes to knock their pal off balance. The only sound heard between them is the dull thump when one long neck bats the other.
Do you love penguins? Once known as Jackass penguins for their braying like chatter, African penguins thrive at Boulders Beach, South Africa. The colony has more than 3000 tuxedo clad members.
Swimming in Devil’s Pool, at the top of Victoria Falls, is too dangerous in high water season. Here in Angel’s Pool the raging waters flow around us mere feet from the edge of the falls dropping over 100 metres (350 ft) below. This should fill any adrenaline junkie’s desire on an Africa vacation.
We still don’t see the pool, nor the angel for that matter.
On the backside of Table Mountain, the beaches of this suburb of Capetown attract tourists from around the world. Restaurants line the beachfront strip, similar in look to South Beach in Miami. Thankfully the prices are far more reasonable.
While resting between game drives on our African safari we hear a crash against a window in our room. After several more concerning thumps and bangs we find this fellow near the window sill. The Yellow-billed Hornbill either attempting to deliver a snack or to nest with us. We declined both offers.
Millions of years in the making Victoria Falls, known by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) leaves visitors gawking open mouthed As mist rises as high as 400 metres (1312 ft.), this World Heritage site can be seen 40km. (25 mi.) away.
As if this fox look alike has thrown a black shawl over his back for an outing, the black-backed jackal wanders on his African travels. Monogamous in nature, the young pups often stay with the family to show new pups the ways of Africa.
It is an unexpected delight on our trip to Africa to meet some of the children of Net vir Pret. Working with children of disadvantaged backgrounds, this non profit organization aims to increase self esteem and confidence.
As we watch the children dance and sing, we learn this is just one of the activities helping to break the cycle of poverty and life on the streets.
With a climate similar to the Mediterranean, the Western Cape of South Africa presents ideal conditions for vineyards. South African wines are becoming world renowned. One could hardly do a tour of Africa without some sampling.
In the midst of bustling Capetown, the neighbourhood of Bo Kapp shimmers in a rainbow of vibrant colours. Previously called Cape Malay quarter, the sad origin of the community roots itself in slavery. Today the joy of freedom oozes from each of the brightly painted walls.
Very similar in colour to the black rhinoceros, the wide-lipped rhino may have been named due to a translation issue. The Dutch word “wijd”, meaning wide in English, refers to the rhino’s mouth. One day it is a wijd rhino and the next a white rhino.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ” ~Nelson Mandela
We blink looking at the menu. $2 beer and the best table view we have ever had the pleasure to see in our travels. With the place nearly to ourselves we declare this the best restaurant find of our trip to Africa.
Beads and beadwork have long been woven in the lives of African people. Uses include everything from adornment to currency, medicinal to spiritual. On a trip to Africa beadwork souvenirs are commonly found from street side vendors to shopping malls.
False Bay is known as one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world. Named by confused Portuguese sailors more than 300 years ago mixed up landmarks on their voyage, the name remains to this day.
Mopani worms are not worms at all. Rather caterpillars of a species of emperor moths. This of course makes the experience all the more palatable. Hubby advises they taste quite bland.
I felt I must draw the line somewhere on the adventure quota and declined the African culinary delight.
We have ziplined before but who can resist this adventure of a lifetime. Ziplining over the Zambezi river with the mist of Victoria Falls as a backdrop. When we booked our Africa trip this wasn’t in the plans. How could one resist?
Classified as critically endangered, seeing a black rhinoceros in the wild is a rare and beautiful thing. Poached mercilessly for their horns, the anti-poaching efforts and guarding of these amazing animals is occurring in reserves and national parks where rhinos are still found on the African continent.
You didn’t think we would take the cable car up did you? There are multiple hiking routes up Table Mountain however the most direct, albeit steepest, is the Platteklip Gorge.
Be sure to take plenty of water, snacks and a rain coat no matter how sunny the day is. This blue sky turned into a rainstorm. True story.
Should you want an eyeball roll from your guide on an African safari, I suggest you refer to this large bovine as a water buffalo. Not closely related, something like third cousin twice removed, this is an African buffalo or Cape buffalo.
Goring and killing more than 200 people per year, they earn their name of the big five list of most dangerous animals in Africa.
Mirror mirror in the waterhole, who is the most beautiful African elephant of all? Moments like this on a trip to Africa make me understand the yearning to return again and again. As if the elephant was playing with the reflection, seeing if the other elephant might match the trunk acrobatics.
“I thought the 12 apostles were in Australia?” I whisper to Hubby as the guide excitedly points to the series of peaks rising from the ocean.
“Named by a British Governor who felt he could see the shapes of the various apostles in the cliffs,” the guide continues. Perhaps a bit of something extra in the Governor’s tea that day I’m guessing. Of special note their are 17 peaks rather than 12 but who is counting.
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We received a discount on our trip to Africa from Explorations Africa. All opinions, thrills of a lifetime and photos are our own. Regardless of the discount we highly recommend their travel service. Check the latest prices for tours to Africa.