It was a rough first two weeks in South Africa as I struggled to get used to the differently filtered drinking water. Truth be told, I mostly saw the inside of my bathroom during this time. When we lived in Ghana, Kip called this “Ghanarrhoea.” Either way, it’s humiliating and I can’t believe I’ve even mentioned it here. So moving on…
Johannesburg is not the Africa I remember, though once you drive outside of the jostling city it’s not too difficult to find. With the help of lastminute.com we managed to score the trip of a lifetime at the exclusive Bakabung safari resort. When we weren’t enjoying all-you-can-eat buffets and cocktails at the hotel pool, we were out on safari in one of the biggest natural game reserves in the country.
I don’t know why I was so surprised to find out how legit the safari experience was. Perhaps my expectations lay with the Disneyland equivalent, but before I knew it I was squashed into the back of an open-air jeep/truck with passengers laden with binoculars, cameras, flashes and lenses. With my trusty iPhone camera I was set. The weather on the African plain land is as fickle as it comes. As such, within a matter of minutes into our first drive, thick black clouds rolled in and we were caught in a torrential downpour. We were soaked in seconds but still we flew over the land, bouncing dangerously in our seats as we clung to anything we could in order to remain in the truck.
A) Meeting an elephant on one of the few roads in the reserve. He wasn’t about to give up his right of way, so we sat in awe as he brushed past us in his enormous glory. Our safari guide informed us that he was feeling pretty horny, the tell of which was the fact that he was peeing continuously and his cheeks were sweaty.
B) Racing at top speed to track down some lions that had been spotted across the reserve. Watching them in the flesh in their natural habitat was intimidating to say the least.
C) Finally clapping my eyes on my favourite from the animal kingdom: the honey badger. Honey badgers do what they like and they don’t care a single iota what anyone thinks of them. They’ll try starting a fight with a lion. They’ll get trampled by an elephant and come back for more. I think we can all learn a lot from those little guys.
D) Sunsets from out of this world. I haven’t edited a single pixel of what I’m posting- there’s just no words for how exquisite the sky is here.