one of my brides from 2015 (looking at you Ali!) and i swapped travel stories - i in europe, she in africa. and i won't forget what she said at our consultation:
"there is life, and then there's life after africa."
holy cow. i literally don't even know where do start. other than how i am in love, left my heart in and obsessed with south africa.
my favorite parts:
the foamy milk in the lattes
the sugar cane fields
the indian ocean
political questions brewing
first things first. we learned some quick Zulu phrases, because i won't say no to some new friends. we were lucky to meet some locals at the airport to gave us tips like how to drive on the other side of the road & introduced us to the fields of sugar cane & the indian ocean. (those beautiful sugar cane fields! i fantasized running in them!)
then the ultimate key was having the best safari driver, ever. graison literally made our entire trip! aside from everyone in the truck having a massive crush on him, graison knew everything about everything. it was like being in a live Planet Earth documentary with a front row seat. on the 2nd night, i asked david while walking back to our room what his favorite part of the safari was and he said "ummm...graison. he knows everything, he is so interesting and passionate about what he does." there wasn't a single answer he didn't know, and i was convinced he grew up as Mogley from the Jungle Book. he could give latin names of animals, plants, call birds from his cell phone, tell you which tree would kill you, what the impala ate for breakfast that day, how many cousins the monkey has and all their names (ok, maybe not that, but you get what i mean!) so graison, if you are reading, we are your biggest fans and you are just above and beyond what you do!
safaris were literally living in the Lion King. we went twice a day, sunrise & sunset and let me tell you, there is so much drama in the jungle. everything i know about Africa comes from the Lion King, which to Disney's credit was impressively accurate. the animals were so mesmerizing. so surreal to watch a giraffe gracefully walk by, or have an elephant charge the car, or watch a stuffed cheetah roll around in the tall grass after a big meal. it's what you see in movies and tay swift music videos. so humbling to know these creatures are here with us.
we made friends with the staff of the resort, i lured them in with my SAWUBONAS & we befriended Sipho, our waiter! we felt so fancy having our afternoon Amarula on the porch and even more enjoyable chatting with new safari friends! all from a contest i won through the Vermont Professional Photographers (which was open to the public, which you could have won!)
such amazing memories and an unforgettable experience in south africa. can not wait to go back to explore more (there is so much to see!)