As you guys may know if you follow my social media, I spent this last week in South Africa. I had an amazing time and met some incredible people. So, as usual, I want to share it with you guys. Due to the amount of photos and videos I have i’m going to spread this over a few posts. This first one is slightly more general. I’m just going to share with you the beauty of the places I visited and experiences I had whilst I was there!
The experience actually started from the airport. Mark, our driver, was absolutely amazing and so knowledgeable about South Africa, it felt more like a history and politics lesson than a 3 hour drive. He explained to use the extreme extent of the corruption and crime out there. Although this was clear to see from the huge electric fences around all the houses in Johannesburg. It was only a few months before that his car had been jacked and also pelted with stones, breaking the back windows. However, despite all this his love for where he lived was evident.
Sadly his son, who was studying at Reading University last year, died of an overdose after struggling with depression. He showed us pictures of his son and spoke about him so proudly, his story was really heart rendering. How, despite all that was going on in his life he remained so positive and kind. So thank you Mark, you were amazing!
Our first destination was the Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve. We spent two nights actually in the reserve which was incredible as we could see Rhino’s and Warthogs just wandering round outside our room. When we arrived we visited the hide which was a watering hole with a hidden area to look out of. Whilst we were there we met a women who had been there 3 days and seen nothing. Ironically, as soon as she left a huge hippo got into the watering hole right in front of our eyes. I couldn’t help feeling bad for her.
That evening we were treated to a bush BBQ which consisted of fire, African Drums and lots of meat. It made for a really lovely evening with some talented musicians and a cosy ambience with tea and fairy lights, lanterns and a huge wood fire.
On our last day in the Pilanesberg we got up at 4.45am for a morning game drive. Before heading of we had cups of coffee to wake us up. Whilst drinking them we noticed a guy who kept waking in wonky lines and into chairs. On boarding the truck we realised this guy was the driver. After zooming up the dusty track at about 80mph, missing the turning and nearly driving us into a wall it was clear he was off his face drunk.
We all got off gutted that we might not get to go on safari on our last day. Luckily for us, Arnaud, an extremely knowledgeable guy with insane lion finding skills, offered to take us although it wasn’t actually his shift. We were extremely grateful Arnaud took over. He was a very good guide and managed to spot a pack of lions as well as 2/9 cheetahs in a park of 572km2.
We then drove up the road to The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City. It was honestly the most beautiful place on earth. When it was built it 1993, there wasn’t anything quite like it. With the lost beautiful decor and amazing architecture it was truly opulent. We sent the next for nights there exploring, swimming, and sadly for me revising. I had the most amazing time and was so sad to leave. The experiences I had there were mind blowing and I am so grateful to have been able to go. I would recommend it to anyone who can.
Below I have shared some of the photos I took. There will be more to come, probably from the safari as well as hopefully a vlog, if I can scratch up on my video editing techniques. Enjoy 🙂 xxx
South Africa Photographs:
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