Soon after leaving the airport in Johannesburg we knew it would be a great expedition.
Andre, our guide and guardian took care of us from the very first minute. We didn’t explore the country at once but stayed in Johannesburg and went on sightseeing ‘Heart of Gold’ as the city is sometimes referred to. Later on we visited Pretoria – the capital of The Republic of South Africa. With our lodgings in Johannesburg we knew the next day a trip to Zimbabwe awaits.
The next day, early in the morning we were ready for adventures, namely, Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. A short, two-hour flight to a neighboring country, and then after lodging in a hotel situated not more than 40 km from the airport, welcomed by our guide, we were ready to adore the pretty scenery – a must for photographers and nature lovers.
Africa is truly fascinating and the most appealing at dawn, the moment when nature awakes to greet the sun. For that reason, early in the morning we were on our way to Botswana. A four-hour journey down the river Chobe supplied us with so many impressions that no one would ever expect that in such a short time one could forget about one’s everyday life. We were all eyes; there was only ‘here and now’. The tiny boat, tailored only for small groups (there weren’t many of us) reached the place where four countries: Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet – the only such place on the world maps. All the way down the river, hippos, elephants and enormous crocodiles were our companions. We were in the middle of the wilderness.
Afternoon, for a change, we spent in Safari Park where while traveling in an open-jeep and trying to track down wild animals. Again, cameras were irreplaceable when we tried to enthusiastically immortalize every single minute.
Later, during our supper in a hotel in Zimbabwe, far into the night we were recollecting the memories of that magical, impressive day.
Convinced that Victoria Falls holds no secrets anymore, Andre offered a short flight over the ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ (as the falls are called in a local language). It’s hard to imagine that this patch of the world hides so much beauty and no picture can capture its grandeur.
That day we returned to Johannesburg before the night as we were supposed to reach the outskirts of National Kruger Park to spend the night there. One can get the impression that the journey is all about haste and fast travel but nothing is more untrue. Africa has so much to offer that the more you see the more you want to explore.
The fifth day was dedicated to ‘hunting the Big 5’ but equipped only with cameras. Driving in an open jeep, the morning ‘hunt’ took place on a farm neighboring to the Kruger National Park. In the afternoon we moved in our minivan to the heart of The Park, the place where nature dictates the rules. Subordinating to those rules is a simple consequence of being surrounded by Africa’s nature and its magical wildness.
That night we spent in a comfortable and very hospitable hotel on the border of the Park.
Perfect day, although spent in a car, one of those days when impressions fill the space and the company is select.
In Southern Africa there is a place where local people use to say that ‘from here God began its creation’, the so called God’s View. We were lucky to visit that place when the sun was shining and the air was clear as it meant great visibility.
On that day we also visited the second greatest canyon in the world – the Blyde River Canyon.
However, the most enchanting was Bourke’s Luck Potholes – waterfalls, river beds and gorges furrowed by the Blyde River. A unique place. We were enchanted and happy to see that place.
Early, scheduled flight to George, a place on the Indian Ocean marked the next stage of our trip where we were supposed to acquaint ourselves with the Cape Province. We had great fun visiting an ostrich farm and stroke grown-up cheetahs. And the night lodgings we were to take in a picturesque, small, arty town of Prince Albert.
Cango Caves was another station during our trip. Surprisingly beautiful and enormous cave presented many of its different chambers meticulously created by nature, a place worth seeing, and hearing its story.
The road through Swartberg was a real opportunity for those who want to take breathtaking pictures because every meter of that path is worth being documented. The road is regarded as one of the most beautiful roads in South Africa.
Various views accompanied our way back to Cape Town: mountains, vine farms, space and mighty sunshine. We visited the greatest vineyard in The Republic of South Africa and participated in brandy tasting (legendary brandy, producers of which are prizewinners in many wine competitions).
We spent the night in a cozy hotel 100 meters from the Atlantic, falling asleep to the sound of the sea.
Cape Town sometimes called ‘Mother City’ is an extraordinary place easy to fall in love with. However, the weather there is quite unpredictable and often dictates the sightseeing route. We began our route from Table Mountain then the Cape of Good Hope we admired colonies of graceful penguins and watched the sunset on a viewing deck of Signal Hill. After two days of superb impressions one becomes strengthened in one’s conviction that Africa is a wonderful place worth visiting and returning to.
Unfortunately, time to leave, time to go has come. It was a wonderful experience, life journey and surly not the last one. Africa stole our hearts.
© Copyright Kenako 2014
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