Friday, December 13, 2013

South Africa

I just returned from a very memorable and long anticipated trip to South Africa. There was a clan of 11 of us, and thanks to Mom and the travel agent, every minute of our 9 day vacation was planned.

After the world's longest commercial flight (literally), we landed in Johannesburg then hopped a plane to Hoedspruit, a city just outside Kruger National Park. Our safari was on a private game reserve called Kapama which is comprised of 32,000 acres.  Unlike our wardrobes (if someone says you can be stylish on a game drive, they're lying), our accommodations were very impressive!

Our typical day started with a 5AM wake up call followed by a 3 hour game drive. During the day we rested, visited the spa or relaxed by the pool. Then at 4PM we had another 3 hour game drive ending with a toast somewhere on the reserve as a group. We ate all meals together, and at dinner time, our safari guide would eat with us too.  Here are some of the highlights.

After 3 days, it was on to our next destination, Cape Town. I had heard so many great things about Cape Town, and my expectations were definitely met. We visited the Cape of Good Hope, Seal Island and a number of gorgeous vineyards.  As beautiful as the coast was, I think the countryside was my favorite part of the trip.  I only wish we had more time to spend there!

On our last day of the trip, Nelson Mandela passed, and it was truly amazing to be in South Africa witnessing the goodwill and kindness of the nation as they celebrated his life. The entire trip was unforgettable and I am ready for another vacation!

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