Whilst Neil has always talked of following in Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s tyre tracks and riding from London to Cape Town overland, I’ve never really been interested in traveling to Africa, period. I figured our overland trip around Morocco and a quick stint in Egypt would be as much of Africa as I was going to see, and then my work offered to fly me to Johannesburg to meet our local distributor and boom, now I’m in South Africa.
As this might be the only time I get to visit this country, (and in typical traveler style) I’ve booked a few extra days around my work commitments to ensure I get the most out of this trip and instead of pottering around JoBurg or exploring Soweto I’m off on a 3 day safari with Themba Day Tours in Kruger National Park. Half of me is super excited, the other half is nervous as hell. Here’s what I’ll be up to over the next couple of days.
Day One: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
Early start for me as it’s a 5/6 hour drive from Johannesburg to the park and subsequent accommodation. Good thing I’ve got a few levels left on Candy Crush to keep me entertained. After lunch I’ll get some pointers on how to spot wild animals in the bush and then it’s off on our first big 5 safari game drive. The trip will be a total success if we can spot a lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo over the course of the safari. All I’m really hoping for is a zebra or a giraffe, I have mixed feelings about anything that can eat me!
Upon return from the drive it’s time to watch the sunset with a beer in hand and a view of Drakensberg Mountain Range.
Day Two: Kruger National Park
Awake at dawn for a full day safari drive. I’ve got my neutral coloured clothing, my camera, my sunblock and my attractive new safari hat. All I need now are some animals.
Day Three: Back to Johannesburg via Blyde River Canyon
After breakfast it’s back to the city via Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth and then it’s into business mode for the rest of the trip. I’m excited.
A 3 Day/2 Night tour with Themba from Johannesburg costs R5930pp.
Have you been on safari before? Any tips for not getting eaten?