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.