Life is too much fun!

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.

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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.

Victoria Falls view from Zambian side.

Victoria Falls view from Zambian side.

On a rhino walk in Mosi-au-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia.

On a rhino walk in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia.

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 successful hunt for this crocodile.

A successful hunt for this crocodile.

Hippos are actually pretty scary. This one is cute though.

Hippos are actually pretty scary. This one is cute though.

Elephant at sunset.

Elephant at sunset.

African Fish Eagle, with a fish.

African Fish Eagle, with a fish.

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.

Standing on Livingstone Island in the Zambezi River.

Standing on Livingstone Island in the Zambezi River.

Another view of the falls from Livingstone Island, Zambia.

Another view of the falls from Livingstone Island, Zambia.

Flying over the Falls.

Flying over the Falls.

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About Andrea

I am teacher and traveler blogging my experiences living as an expat from the USA. From 2007-2012 I lived and worked in Oregon, USA. From 2012 (when I started blogging) to 2014, I lived and worked in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. In August 2014 I begin living and working in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.
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7 Responses to Life is too much fun!

  1. Shelly says:

    Andrea your adventures sound awesome!! Good for you!!
    Keep up the blog I love living through your experiences!
    Take Care, Shelly & Laura

  2. anita says:

    Your photos are fantastic! What a wonderful experience for you!

  3. marcalecia says:

    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.

    • Andrea says:

      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?

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