In February 2011, I left Australia on a holiday to celebrate my 60th birthday with two friends Davina and Brian. I had always wanted to visit this part of the world.
My reason for going to South Africa was, not only to see the famous Big-Five, but I wanted to see and experience the many interesting creatures, trees and plants with something unique to offer, stunning birds, lovely scenery and an original breathtaking African sunset.
We travelled to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve which is one of its most unspoilt wildernesses and at the same time one of the most developed and accessible eco-tourism destinations in the country. I managed to get up close to many of the wildlife.
After Kruger we stayed at Tshukudu Game Reserve. Here I experienced things I’ll never forget. Walking with cheetahs and sitting on the ground patting one. Cuddling a lion cub, and observing animals in there natural habitant.
Jessica the hippo, I was able to give her a bottle of cold tea, which is one of her favourite foods.
We then travelled onto Cape Town where we stayed in the Epic Guest House, which is situated in Noordhoek – one of Cape Town’s treasures’ – with its rural atmosphere.
On this leg of our trip we visited; Cape of Good Hope, Cable Mountain, Boulders Beach, Robben Island and Stellenbosch district. Just to name a few.
My stay in South Africa will live in my memories forever!