Currently I am relaxing in my parent’s living room and it is wonderful. The month of July was a whirlwind of amazing adventures and experiences. There is simply no way I will be able to explain everything on this blog. But, I will provide a few highlights.
As I mentioned in my last post, I spent two days in Pilanesberg National Park with Chris from Cashan Africa Tours on safari. It was a great way to be introduced to the wildlife of southern Africa. We saw so many animals and Chris was very knowledgeable and accommodating.
After my two days on safari I spent a day in Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa. I visited the Apartheid Museum and toured around the town of Melville. Then I was ready for my two weeks of volunteering in Zambia at Mukuni Big Five Safaris.
The experience at Mukuni Big Five was unbelievable. I spent my days walking with lions and cheetahs, riding elephants and playing with lion and cheetah cubs. I learned more than I ever could have imagined and met some really amazing people. I loved nearly every moment, except preparing the meat for feeding time and watching out for snakes! Here are some pictures from my time with the animals: Album.
During my two weeks of volunteering, I also took some time off to do some sight seeing. My first view of Victoria Falls was heart-stopping. Simply amazing.
After two weeks of volunteering I was ready for another adventure. I set out for Botswana and some photographic safaris with Pangolin Photo Safaris. The company provides the cameras, lenses and instruction. I started off the first day shooting photos in Automatic mode and by the end I was taking all my pictures in Manual mode. It was a really awesome experience on the Chobe River seeing the wildlife up close. I was also lucky enough to stay at the wonderful Garden Lodge right on the Chobe River. Here are some of the photos I took with the Nikon D7000.
A few days of being on the water in Botswana and I was headed back to Zambia. I spent my final days in Zambia experiencing some of the more “touristy” activities. I visited Livingstone Island and stood at the top of Victoria Falls. I walked to Zimbabwe and visited the Victoria Falls Park. The falls are amazing. I also took a Microlight Flight over the falls.
Andrea your adventures sound awesome!! Good for you!!
Keep up the blog I love living through your experiences!
Take Care, Shelly & Laura
Thank you! Glad I can help out! 🙂
Your photos are fantastic! What a wonderful experience for you!
Thank you! It was wonderful.
Andrea, hi! I currently live in Oregon and am anxiously awaiting my flight info to AD for my first year. I’d love to meet with you in person! When are you heading back to AD? Do you have some free time in the next few weeks? I live in Gresham.
Hello! I am in Eugene at the moment, but I don’t have a car, so getting to Gresham would be difficult for me. I will be in and out of Eugene until 25 Aug, and will be back in the UAE on 29 Aug. I don’t live in AD City, but if you are placed in Al Ain, maybe we could meet up when I return?
Ok. Well if I’m in the Eugene area I’ll try to get ahold of you.