2014 // Botswana – Zimbabwe – South Africa, Ballito – Underberg in the Drakensberg – Australia, Home
Instead celebrating the end of 13 long, draining years of school by having a wild, crazy trip to bali or the gold coast (what us Aussies call “schoolies”) I decided to save a little extra and go on an adventure of a lifetime with my dearest mother to Africa. I had visited South Africa before two years ago, as my mum grew up there and wanted to show us her home town, but this time we put a little twist on our trip and headed North of Africa first. Being able to share this experience with her was incredible because we are literally two peas in a pod and I owe her the world. We began our trip safariing around Botswana for 5 days experiencing first hand the wild, untamed side of nature. We then drove 4 hours to give ourselves a few nights of luxury staying in Chobe Safari Lodge in the Kasane village. Here we got to visit crafty shops and mingle with the locals hearing their touching stories. One doesn’t appreciate what they have until they have visited a place like this, simply eye opening. Following those 3 nights in Kasane we then drove another hour to our next destination in Zimbabwe, where we camped and canoed along the Zambizi River. This river is an amazing 3,540 kilometres long and holds many animals like hippos, crocodiles and is a main drinking source for passing elephants. If you ever visit Zimbabwe I highly, highly recommend going canoeing along this river, it is breath taking being in touch with nature and being able to see the animals from a different level. After camping we spent one night at Elephant Camp Resort where we were treated like luxury. The rooms were very classy having their own private splash pool and balcony looking over the reserve. Here we also got to get extremely close to an elephant who had been rescued when he was a calf and also a cheetah who was rescued too. This was such an incredible experience because for these animals their closest friends since they can remember were humans so they treated you with such gentleness. The next day we got to visit Victoria Falls which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was simply amazing and is a must do when in Zimbabwe, there are 15 sections to this waterfall and it spans 7km in length.
Our next destination was South Africa to visit some family friends at their beach house in Balito. Here I relaxed by the beach and read endless amounts of books, just unwinding from all the stress of the past few months. We then drove with them to their house in the Mountains where the surrounding landscape was simply breath taking. After a peaceful time here we had to embark on our returning trip home and back to reality. The choice to go on this trip was worth every penny and the many memories made will last a lifetime.
~ Botswana ~
~ Zimbabwe, Chobe Safari Lodge ~ CLICK
Clothing Details: Jumpsuit: Faithful The Brand
~ Canoeing on the Zambezi Rivier ~
Clothing Details: Top: Whitchery
~ Elephant Camp ~ CLICK
~ Victoria Falls ~
~ Underberg ~