Wild and wonderful in Africa
My wife and I have recently returned from a one-month trip to southern Africa, with most of our time spent in South Africa. We approached the trip with some trepidation, as it was our first time in that part of the world and we had heard stories about the possible dangers. Our concerns were totally unfounded and we were treated to such a range of unique experiences that our minds are still in overload.
How exciting it was to see all the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros) in Kruger National Park, as well as the fascinating range of unique bird life. We were treated to the spectacle of a young lioness leaving her pride to stalk a juvenile hippo on the bank of the Sabie River. The lioness pounced on and rolled the hippo but it managed to rise and head for the water, leaving the lioness standing on the bank looking hopefully at the water below before retreating to her family.
Cape Town did not disappoint us, providing a wonder- fully clear and calm day to take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views, before descending and sampling wonderful wines and cheeses at a nearby winery. We stayed at a delightful B & B in Simon’s Town where our hosts encouraged us to experience “Walking with the Lions” when we visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We were so glad we took this advice; the walk (on a private estate, which gives participants a strictly supervised opportunity to interact with two or three cubs) afforded us a very different perspective on these endangered and wonderful animals.
Friends also advised us to visit the Chobe National Park in Botswana, and this provided us with yet another perspective of life in southern Africa. We had many an opportunity to observe wild animal behaviour including watching an elephant swim across the Chobe River, and tracking a mother hippo with her one-week-old baby. We are richer for these opportunities.
In future we intend to visit South Africa on the way to Europe. In my opinion, there is lots more to see and do there than the more conventional stopovers. Send your 400-word contribution to Follow the Reader: email@example.com. Columnists receive L’Occitane his-and-her treats of f Cedrat AfterShave Cream Gel with notes of bergamot, nutmeg and cedar; and a limited edition Rose Shea Handcream released to mark L’Occitane’s 40th anniversary this year; $82. More: au.loccitane.com.