Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Africa was an amazing trip, we first met our tour leader Darren, a tall guy with dreads and it was his birthday the day of the tour starting.We started in Johannesburg and the first night we went for a group dinner at an authentic African restaurant, they had live jazz/blues musicians there and the waitresses would come around and paint your faces with a tribal design, the servings were huge and the food delicious! We got to know a few people but it was an early night cause we had to be up by 4am for the long drive to Kruger national park.
It was a long drive and you soon work out which are the best seats on the truck to sit. At the front was very hot and at the back was extremly windy. We drove through the Mpumalanga Province and made a few stops at some breathtaking spots. First was Blyde river canyon, it was so beautiful it almost didnt seem real. We were very high up on a cliff face and had the most incredible views as far as the eye could see. We hopped back on the bus after loads of photos and headed to Gods Window, another incredile viewpoint. After lunch we checked out Bourkes Luck Potholes. We cant even begin to describe how amazing these places are I guess you can see from the photo's or you will just have to go there yourself. Luke had his first attempt at trying to speak Zulu to one of the ladies behind the counter but it didnt pan out too well, she just looked at him like he was kinda weired. At least he tried though haha. After a long day of sightseeing we finally arrive in Kruger national park and began our game drive straight away. At first everyone was super excited to see Impala's but after an hour of game driving it wore off quickly cause they were everywhere. The drives were so cool, and to see these animals in the wild, how they should be just made it that extra special. We saw The big 5 all except for the leopard, well a few people on bus managed to get a good photo of it but it was very shy and didnt want to hang around. We set up camp and I think someone cooked up bolognaise that night It took a bit getting used to the hard grounds camping, the early starts and packing up tents every morning but I would have to say that the Africa tour we did has been the best so far. Everyone got to know each other really well and it was cool to bond over a couple beers by the campfire, cook dinner with new friends and play what turned out to be some fierce card games. Game of spoons anyone??