Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Marshmallows over the camp fire bring back memories

I went on safari with my two daughters- a trip that I never thought would happen. Thanks for a great time, for me the holiday just got better and better. I can't believe I'm home. 

A few highlights for us: Jo loved walking with the caracal, a small cat called Tenerye at the private game reserve. Jakes the ranger made the walk special- entertaining and informative- as well as making sure that I in my wheelchair had a great experience. Both Jo and Emma enjoyed the game drives there as you got very close to the animals. Emma loved seeing up close and personal a rhino mother and baby. Both were amazed that a cheetah they had stroked killed an impala and was eating it in front of the vehicle! For me, my wow moment was spotting a lion in the bush from the safari truck.

Everyday we did something enjoyable. One night Alfie got marshmallows to toast over the camp fire which made Emma feel like she was a back at Brownie camp. Alfie and Sabine take the hard work out of the holiday as their years of experience of what you can do makes a pleasant change. We left everything in their hands and were told what we would be doing a night in advance.

Sometimes the things we did do were unbelievable. Because Alfie said I could go round monkey land, when the guide took us over the suspension bridge I just went across though I am scared of heights- I FELT THAT WAS A BIG ACHIEVEMENT! Not only for me but for the wheelchair. Turned out that wasn't the route the guide was supposed to take with wheelchairs but I felt able to do anything thrown at me because we were on an epic enabled holiday!

We all agreed that the last thing we did where Alfie took us to the elephant sanctuary and the girls had a ride and walked with trunk -in-hand, I touched and fed them, was a great ending to a brilliant holiday.  


Corinne Alexander, a satisfied customer.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Back with more exciting adventures from Epic Enabled

What a wonderful tour with such an amazing group of people making it another memorable tour for everyone. Corinne with daughters Emma & Joanne, Amada, John & Angelina - all from the UK! We hope to see some of Corinne’s amazing ‘water-paintings’ of the animals and scenery.

Amongst the numerous impala and giraffe, they were lucky to see two adult male impala butting heads, quite a sight to see and amazing neither of them sustained any injuries. They were very lucky with the weather as it didn’t rain. Even with winter approaching, and the weather slowly getting colder. Well cold for a South African? Temperature averaging about 12 degrees Celsius, at its coldest!

Even while the group keeps their eyes on the horizon, eagerly searching for a glimpse of Africa’s infamous big five, nature is always adding little wonders to their adventures, like the mischievous vervet monkeys trying to get into the fridges to eat the fruit, or the African Elephant, the world’s largest land mammal scratching his back on a tree or even the millions of stars under the clear African sky, it always brings you closer to mother-nature and gives us as greater sense of how truly brilliant and wonderful life is.  And maybe these marvelous animals and attractions are simply nature’s way of showing us the vast beauty and complexity that the African wild life has to offer.

John & Amanda went back home from Cape Town and we said our good-bye's (John promised to be back :), but Corinne, Emma, Joanna & Amanda's adventure was not over yet! We carried on along the Garden Route via Hermanus, Mossle Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna,  Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley, Storms River,  Tsitsikamma Forest - ending in Port Elizabeth.
Corinne & Emma @ the Elephant park
Joanna & Corinne @ the Birds of Eden